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Our canal boats

If you’re looking for a boating holiday then you’ve come to the right place! Nicols specialise in hiring canal barges and has built every boat in the Nicols fleet. Over the years Nicols have designed 23 different boat models, divided into the four different ranges you see below. What’s more, no previous experience is or licence is need for our canal boat hire. The boat descriptions include boat dimensions, number of beds and cabin layouts, fittings and fixtures, an image gallery and more.

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Nicols Estivale Sixto

Estivale range

The Estivale river boat range offers vast, bright living spaces blending nicely into the outside areas of the boat thanks to the sliding bay window that leads to the ground-level rear deck.
The kitchen boasts top of the range equipment, whilst the cabins and shower rooms are spacious and comfortable. Outside there is a second deck(...)

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  • Comfort equipment on board
  • Beautiful living space
  • Front and rear terraces
  • 2 to 10 people
Nicols Confort 1100

Confort range

The Nicols Confort range utilises the same strong design features across all models: cabins arranged to the front and rear of the boat with a central living area in between ensuring privacy.
Safe and easy access to both the front deck is provided via a corridor moulded into the hull while the rear deck can be reached from the living area (...)

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  • Private bathroom for each cabin
  • Ideal for couples
  • Front and rear terraces
  • 2 to 10 people
Nicols range Sedan 1010

Sedan range

Does the idea of a family boating holiday conjure up visions of a relaxed pace of life enjoying the great outdoors – all while cruising on a wonderfully spacious canal boat? If so, then it's the Nicols-Sedan range of self-drive boats that you need!
The best bits of the range include a superb living space boasting panoramic (...)

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  • Large living room with panoramic views
  • Ground-level rear deck
  • Ideal for families
  • 2 to 12 people
Nicols boat range Riviera 1130

Riviera range

The Riviera range of boats have won over many self-drive boating holiday fans and due to their slightly rounded shape give them the charm of old-time barges.
As the first canal boats to emerge from the Nicol's boatyard, they are the key to ongoing Nicols's success and are still extremely popular, particularly with first-timers. (...)

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  • Charm of old canal boats
  • Good handling
  • Ideal for a first cruise
  • 4 to 10 people

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Outdoor seating/terrace
Double steering (inside and outside)