WHITE HORSE BOATS THE KENNET & AVON CANAL
PUBLISHED: 11:13 20 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:34 20 February 2013
Ian and Sue Sharp have been running their canal business on the Kennet and Avon Canal for the past twenty-three years. They operate three steel hulled canal boats for self drive hire. The business operates from Devizes Wharf close
Ian and Sue Sharp have been running their canal business on the Kennet and Avon Canal for the past twenty-three years. They operate three steel hulled canal boats for self drive hire. The business operates from Devizes Wharf close to the Kennet & Avon Canal shop/museum. On their boats you can explore the beautiful Vale of Pewsey and on towards Newbury via Crofton, Great Bedwyn, Hungerford and Kintbury. All the boats were fitted out to a high standard, locally, by themselves.
Moonshine is our largest canal boat, a 56' six berth canal boat providing 2 double and 2 single berths in three separate cabins, plenty of storage space, well equipped galley plus roomy shower bath and toilet in the bathroom.
'Moonfleet' is 52' six berth with 2 double and 2 single berths in three separate cabins & large bathroom with shower and toilet, and well-equipped galley.
Moonraker is a 40 four berth canal boat with a fixed double berth and one to make up in the dining area, good-sized galley and bathroom. Providing comfort for two for a week, fun for four for short break hire.
Central heating is now standard on all our boats. They all have electric fridge, full size gas cooker, radio CD player, hairdryer, 12-volt socket (-ve earth), for charging your mobile phone, 240 volt inverter and all facilities to make you feel at home.
These boats are available to hire for a Weekend, Short break or Week's hire. In a week you can just about get to Newbury or Bath and back. But going towards Bath entails twice negotiating the Caen Hill flight of 29 locks! This requires a good, fit crew! There are still plenty of locks the other way but not all in one go! The peaceful countryside and plentiful supply of watering holes make the Kennet & Avon an excellent place to relax out of the 'fast lane'. The boats are easy to operate (tuition is given) and economical to hire. Lifejackets can be provided if requested in advance. Unfortunately we are unable to take pets.
'Kenavon Venture' our 60' x 10' enclosed trip boat is now leased to the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust who operate public cruises on Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays and Wednesdays from Easter until the end of October. The boat can also be chartered for private parties.
Ian has been boat building since 1966 when he started work on the South Coast on wooden boats and yachts. Since coming to Devizes he has specialised in canal boats and thoroughly enjoys messing about on the river although in this case the canal!