Inside sketch of new canal boat built for hire
Bathroom on brand new luxury canal boat built for holidays
Cutaway view of the Boutique Narrowboat canal boat built for holidays

The New Boutique Narrowboat – Paper Kite

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Our new luxury canal boat, Paper Kite, is a 47 foot narrowboat being built by us at Boutique Narrowboats during 2024. Everything on Paper Kite is being designed especially for our guests – from the beautiful lines of the prestigious Tim Tyler hull, to the interior carpentry in our bespoke style. The design drawings on this page give a flavour of the layout.

This canal boat is the perfect small size for novices but is big on comfort. The king size fully-sprung mattress is permanently set up the in the bow of the boat, so there is no need to make up the bed every night. The bathroom features a roomy shower with designer basin. The kitchen, although petite, is perfectly-formed, with a small combination oven/microwave and an undercounter fridge with icebox. A little induction hob does away with the need for gas on this canal boat.

  • King size bed | Sized for novices | Large shower
  • Kitchen with combination oven/microwaveoven | Fridge | Induction hob
  • Wi-Fi | TV | Breakfast bar | Central heating | Double glazed
  • Gas-less boat | New for 2024

New Canal Boat

Canal boat specification

  • 47′ long x 6’10” wide
  • Brand new Tim Tyler hull, fit out by Boutique Narrowboats
  • Maximum headroom 6’5″
  • Cruiser stern
  • King size bed is 31″ (78cm) from the floor to top of the mattress.
  • Pump-out toilet
  • Central heating
  • Double glazing

New luxury canal boat build for 2023

new canal boat design by boutique narrowboats

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Boat operation

  • No experience required.
  • Comprehensive boat safety induction.
  • Training on handling the canal 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 Paper Kite 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.)
  • Paper Kite 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.