kathleen May boutique narrowboat for hire
dinette and second bed on kathleen may
looking out from the dinette on the boutique narrowboat for three
the saloon on the luxury hire narrowboat
Kathleen May stern back deck
Kathleen May front deck with chairs
looking towards the back on kathleen may for hire

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The Boutique Narrowboat – Kathleen May

Sleeps 2+1

Kathleen May is a unique, heritage-style narrowboat with a delightfully historic feel. The beautiful external features are inspired by old working canal boats and include a classic stern and tiller, and traditional portholes.

Inside, a quirky layout offers a curtained dining area which doubles as a cosy second bed. This wonderful hire boat boasts a small Aga in the kitchen and an electric hob for easy cooking. There are two little fridge freezers side by side, and a traditional porcelain Butler’s sink.

  • Two sleeping areas | Walk-through layout | Tongue and groove panelling
  • Kitchen with Aga and Butler’s sink | Microwave | Induction hob
  • Wi-Fi | TV | Dining area | Central heating
  • Real wood floors | Croft-style interior | Skylights throughout

Boat specification

  • 55′ long x 6’10” wide
  • Maximum headroom 6’6″
  • Cruiser stern with large deck, classic tiller shape
  • Sleeps 3 (please, no children under 8 years for safety reasons)
  • Bed #1 is a standard double (4′ 6 wide x 6’2 long). It is 33″ (84cm) from the floor to top of the mattress so we provide a small stool to help you get into bed.
  • Bed #2 is a dinette bed 3’6″ wide x 5’9″ long (large single)
  • Lister engine
  • Pump-out toilet
  • Central heating

Kathleen May narrowboat plan

Boat operation

  • No experience required.
  • Comprehensive boat safety induction.
  • Training on handling the boat and mooring up.
  • Navigating locks, bridges and tunnels.
  • Help with choosing routes.
  • Emergency assistance round-the-clock.
  • Fully licensed and insured for hire.
  • Accredited Safety Certificate.
  • Life jackets and safety equipment on board.

Each hire includes a full handover on your first afternoon aboard, to show you how to operate Kathleen May and navigate the waterways. Many of our guests are novices and we hope that a holiday on our Boutique Narrowboat will encourage a life-long love of the canals.


Things to know

  • We are at Union Wharf Marina, 1a Canalside, Leicester Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7UW.
  • Holidays start on a Monday or Friday at 2pm and finish on a Monday or Friday at 9.30am.
  • All fuel included.
  • No booking fees.
  • Free car parking.
  • Beginners welcome (training included.)
  • Kathleen May is pet-free.
  • £50 Damage Waiver included.
  • Your dates secured with a 30% deposit.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday begins.
  • Payment via credit/debit card, Paypal or bank transfer.
  • Full Terms and Conditions here.