The Leading Provider of 'Liveaboard' Narrowboats

Escape the Rat Race

We have been enabling clients to 'liveaboard' narrowboats long term now for 14 years. We have a diverse fleet of boats available, at a far lower cost than long term holiday hire. We were the first to specialise in long term canal boat breaks and pride ourselves on our expert service.

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 covers this care.

Whether you are looking for a longer term 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 want to live on a narrow boat 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.
  • Maybe you have a narrowboat of your own but would like to invest this with our management service.
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 Customers Say:

ETRR gives you as much, or as little, help as you need. They put no restrictions on where you can sail and are even flexible on the drop off point. We covered 600 fabulous miles with barely a hitch. When we did have the occasional problem, Alex arranged immediate solutions, either a boat yard or their own mobile engineer, Clive who amazed by always finding us in even the most obscure locations. His knowledge of canal boats and the canal system is extraordinary. We fully expect use ETRR in the future and recommend them to anyone.Geoffrey and Lauren - Pegotty, June 15
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