About our Boat Lady A
Lady A is a modern narrowboat specially built in 2004 by Devizes Marina on the Kennet and Avon Canal for public hire, 45 feet long and 7 feet wide and since 2007 Lady A has been a regular sight on the London Canals.
She is constructed from steel and well ballasted so the boat is very steady in the water giving a most comfortable ride for even the most nervous passengers! There are no waves or tide on the canals and so no need to take your sea sickness tablets!
The front of the boat is the focal point for most passengers, with an open sided foredeck housing a long table and padded bench seats which can accommodate 8 passengers with a further fixed table in the cabin for four. However we usually find that our passengers prefer to sit in the front and its normally possible for everyone to sit or stand around the front table. Blankets are provided to keep the draughts out, even in a summers day, while the front and side canopies can be rolled down for inclement weather. Above the table is an infra-red Nano heating panel, while the rest of the boat is fully central heated, but obviously heating will only work if the boat is closed up.
Smoking is permitted in the foredeck area while the side covers are rolled up but not in the cabin area at any time. Smokers may prefer to stand on the back deck of the boat with the skipper.
Through the door into the cabin, we have a dinette which seats four around a large table, which is also suitable for laying out a buffet meal or your own picnic, and two further loose chairs can be used outside or inside.
The central cabin area houses a fully fitted galley for our own use. We are sorry that the cooking and refrigeration facilities may not be used by passengers for obvious Health and safety reasons!
There is also a toilet and hand washing facilities with running water and lots of storage for bags, coats and pushchairs etc.
Through our crew quarters you then reach the large outdoor rear deck where the captain steers the boat. Individual adult passengers are welcome to join the captain to stretch their legs and chat about life on the canals.
Lady A is equipped with all regulatory safety equipment and complies with the Small Passenger Boat Code of Practice. We hold a SKP Category (Skippered Passenger Boat) licence issued for canal and river use by The Canal and River Trust and are fully insured as a passenger boat with Knighthood, one of the biggest Marine insurance specialists. All cruises on Lady A will be operated by a qualified and experienced skipper who will hold a Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) skipper’s licence.