Our broad beam boat, Richmond, is extremely popular for private charter cruises.

Richmond is a wide beam canal boat with a bright, spacious cabin area and comfortable seating for up to 31 passengers.

It is available for private charter at times which are added to our scheduled service.

The canal is a quiet, rural waterway offering a cruise time of approximately 2 hours. This includes a stop on the return leg at Hunston. Here you can disembark to admire the view to Chichester Cathedral as depicted in Turner’s famous painting.

Booking times are arranged to suit customer requirements but can be mornings, lunchtimes, afternoons and early evenings.

The cost to charter the boat and crew are £300. A deposit of £100 is required when a booking is made. An advance period of 4 weeks is required when making a booking as we need sufficient time to arrange the crew, all of whom are volunteers.

In addition, we offer several catering choices including Fish & Chips, Pie & Mash, Traditional Ploughman’s Lunches and Afternoon Tea including sandwiches, scones and tasty sweet treats.

The following prices include a choice of tea and coffee with all options. A glass of wine, beer or soft drink is included for the meal options.

Richmond is available for hire from the 1st March 2020  to the end of October 2020.

Charter Prices 2020

The cost of hiring the boat complete with the crew is £300.
Catering options and prices which you may choose are shown below:

Catering Options Additional cost per person
Fish and Chips …our most popular option, Includes tea, coffee and a glass of wine or beer.£11.00
Pie and mash ...Pie and mash plus Ice cream. Includes tea, coffee and a glass of wine or beer.£9.00
Afternoon tea …tea or coffee with finger sandwiches, scones, jam and clotted cream and a selection of tasty sweet treats.£10.00
The Ploughman's lunch ... lunch of cheese and ham, bread and pickles with tea, coffee, coffee and a glass of wine or beer.£10.00
Sandwich selection ...a selection of sandwiches freshly made in Chichester with tea or coffee.£7.00
Tea and Cake …tea or coffee and a selection of cakes.£6.00
Simply tea or coffee ...includes top ups during the trip.£2.50


You can now book online, see our real-time availability below. Please complete your details, choose your options and pay a non-returnable deposit of £100 to secure your booking. Bookings must be made at least 4 weeks in advance. The full cost of the trip must be paid at least 4 weeks before the trip. You can pay by debit or credit card (No fee.)

If you are looking for an interesting corporate venue, you can hire the boat for business meetings etc. for which screens and projectors are available. This is a static hire based at the canal basin with easy onboard access. A variety of catering choices are available. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and costs.

Wheelchair access on to the boat is provided using a lift but the toilet onboard is not suitable for wheelchairs. However, facilities are available onshore in the cafe and the Heritage Centre.

If you prefer you can book at the Canal Cafe in person or by phone between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm weekdays. Telephone 01243 771363 or Email boxoffice@nullchichestercanal.com

All charter cruises must be booked at least four weeks in advance, a non-returnable deposit of £100 of the total trip cost is payable to reserve your booking, with the balance due 28 days prior to your trip.
Please note that we do not allow dogs on these trips, the exception being for guide or assistance dogs.