The Leading Provider of 'Liveaboard' Narrowboats by the Month

Escape the Rat Race

'Liveaboard' a narrowboat for as long as you like. We have a diverse fleet of boats available by the month, at a far lower cost than long term holiday hire. We were the first to specialise in long term canal boat breaks and have a track-record of caring for clients for over 9 years.

Our service is fully legal, and all of our boats are properly insured and licensed, as well as being professionally prepared and maintained. We provide you with everything you need to enjoy your cruise and our fee (normally payable monthly) covers this care.

Whether you are looking for an extended Narrowboat holiday, or to live on a narrowboat permanently, we can serve you. Bookings range from 3 months upward.

  • Perhaps you're visiting Great Britain for a few months, newly retired, or would like to try things out while deciding whether to 'liveaboard' permanently.
  • Perhaps you're keen to 'liveaboard' permanently, but without the hassle of maintaining or investing in a boat of your own.
  • Perhaps you've enjoyed narrowboat rental holidays in the past, but would like to spend time enjoying Britain's huge canal network over a number of months.
Escape The Rat Race supports you while providing maintenance as required. You are simply responsible for what you use in the form of gas, diesel and logs etc.

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What Our Clients Have Said:

So grateful to Escape the Rat Race for facilitating my 'escape'. Catalyst has been wonderful to liveaboard, and Alex was quick to respond to any issues or queries I had.Simeon - Catalyst, December 14

I've loved being on the boat and will miss you guys! It's been an amazing experience and I suspect I will end up back on the water at some point.Sam - Christine Emma, August 14