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Day Boat Jessop

A great way to have a relaxing family day out in the countryside!

The boat is named after William Jessop, chief engineer for the construction of the Grand Junction canal, the waterway that you will be cruising, which is now over 200 years old.

From our wharf near Weedon there is an idyllic stretch of tranquil waterway to cruise without any canal locks to negotiate. There are opportunities for canal side pubs for lunch, ask us for details if you are thinking of booking a table, or plenty of scenic spots to stop for a picnic. 

Our standard routes and prices do not include the use of locks, using the locks on our skippered cruises is available and if you want to navigate the locks without our skipper we do hire the boat out to experienced boaters who have cruised with us before and hold an RYA Helmsman certificate.


The boat takes a maximum of 10 people. It consists of indoor seating and table, outdoor seating, a simple galley with a gas hob so you can make teas and coffees and a toilet. The boat is easy to operate, we will give you full tuition on how to operate it when you arrive. If you would like to bring your pet then you need to discuss this with us first. Life jackets are available on request.

Alcohol policy:
It is a myth that drink-driving rules do not apply to canals, they do! We will not allow excessive amounts of alcohol to be taken on board and we will decline to handover the boat where we feel this might be an issue. There must at all times be at least two people within the legal alcohol limit and alcohol consumption by the rest of the crew needs to be an acceptable amount where it does not impede their ability to conduct themselves in a safe manner. If any boat crew is reported causing disruption on the waterway then they will be escorted from the boat and all payments and cash security deposits will be forfeited. In short if you are looking for a booze cruise don’t book self-drive!

Day hire is from 9am to 5pm and a refundable cash deposit of £150 is taken on arrival, short evening cruises also require a cash deposit, this is returned when the boat is back at the wharf on time and in a tidy condition.

Make a booking and check availability by ringing us on 07815 312317 or email

Prices Self Drive: 
October – March: Weekdays £120: Weekends £170
April – September: Weekdays £150: Weekends and bank holidays £190 

Prices with a skipper:
October – March: £220
April – September: Weekdays £270: Weekends and bank holidays £340 

Short evening cruises 6pm – 9pm: June, July, August:
Self-drive £85
Skippered £155 

2 parking spaces are available at no extra charge 

Looking for somewhere to stay?
The Hobbit House is a quirky, cosy, charming place to spend a night before or after your day trip and is just up the lane from us.

Conditions of Hire: (Full terms and conditions upon request.)

Hirers should note:
We will not be liable for any loss, damage or injury caused by events or circumstances beyond our reasonable control or due to your own negligence.
The hirer is in charge of the boat and is responsible for its safe navigation.
Hirers may themselves be liable for any loss, damage or injury caused by them or their crew.
The boat should be returned in a clean and tidy condition
If for any reason the boat is not available or delayed on the day (e.g: damage, mechanical breakdown, late return by previous hirer etc.) we will endeavour to provide you with an alternative. Otherwise we will refund a suitable amount but no more than has already been paid to us.
While we take every care to service and maintain the boat, no responsibility will be accepted for loss of time or expenses through breakdown, damage or defects.

Contact Us


Grand Union Canal
Near Weedon, Northants

Telephone; 07815 312317