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Types of canal boat

PUBLISHED: 12:53 02 May 2012 | UPDATED: 08:36 01 July 2013

Types of canal boat

 

By their very nature, canal boats are similar inside – but layouts differ and generally the longer the boat is the more berths (beds) you get.

What can make a difference to your holiday (and the price) is the boat's star rating, so here we've explained the system to help you decide what level of boating holiday you want.

 

So what do the Star Ratings for boats actually mean? Well, Britain's official tourist authority, VisitBritain, sends independent assessors to every boat and hire-base participating in this scheme. They award a ‘star rating’ from one to five telling you what to expect when you pick up the boat. The higher the rating, the higher the overall level of quality and comfort. These are the definitions:One StarAcceptable overall level of quality. Clean craft with good standards of customer care, adequate provision and quality of furtniture, furnishings and fittings. Television available. Galley equipped to meet all essential needs. Pricing and conditions of booking made clear and information available to help you make the most of your stay.Two StarAs One Star plus: good overall level of quality and customer care in all areas. Radio fitted.Three StarAs Two Star plus: very good overall level of quality. Good standard of maintenance and decoration with a good quality and range of furniture, furnishings and fittings. More space available. Colour TV available and lighting for each berth.Four StarAs Three Star plus: excellent overall level of quality. Very good level of care and attention to detail with higher comfort levels provided for guests. Maximum of two persons sleeping in cabins.Five StarAs Four Star plus: exceptional overall level of quality. Highest level of decor, fixtures and fittings. Excellent standard of management efficiency and guest care. Wider range of accessories, saloon/living area separate from sleeping cabin. 240 volts AC electrical power supply available.

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