ABC Boat Hire

ABC Boat Hire, Alvechurch: Address, Phone Number, ABC Boat Hire Reviews: 4.5/5

ABC Boat Hire
4.5
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dotty951
Sheffield, UK19 contributions
Apr 2022
At the end of April we enjoyed a very happy family weekend on the Red Breasted Goose. Staff at the Alvechurch marina couldn't have been more helpful and the 7 of us were soon able to set off on a sunny afternoon along the Birmingham & Worcestershire canal. This break was originally booked for 2020, so it was great to be able to have the opportunity at last for three generations of the family to spend time together. It was good for us all to relax in the sunshine and watch as the countryside gently slid past with fresh greenery and lots of bluebells. The younger members of the party especially enjoyed being able to stop the traffic to open a swing bridge and facing up to the challenge of turning a 69' narrowboat in a 70' winding hole and the senior member (81 years old) was happy to take a couple of turns at the tiller.
Well worth waiting two years for!
Written 25 May 2022
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RL021298
North Wales, UK10 contributions
May 2022
Perfect 4 day cruise for 4 people on a 49ft boat from Lowesmoor marina around the Droitwich Ring.

ABC staff were excellent and providing a full explanation of what to do and where to go etc so we set off on a clockwise route out of the marina.

The weather was perfect and our first stop at the Camp Inn we enjoyed a drink listening to some local live music along with a resident peacock and geese!

We would highly recommend this route for a short weekend break or similar as its the perfect balance of duration with locks and pubs etc along the way without being busy.

All in all and excellent long weekend with thanks to all the staff.
Written 17 May 2022
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johnbetts9
Offenham, UK45 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Fantastic 4day break from Gayton marina to Milton Keynes and back .
Staff were excellent from start to finish.
Instructions were made easy to understand and demonstrated very well. The boat was spotlessly clean with enough kitchen wear . Beds were very comfortable. Showers were adequate and hot . please don’t expect a power shower experience .
We had 4 adults and 2 teens and we managed very well over the 4 days. We were very lucky with the weather so didn’t need to use the provided waterproofs except going through the bills worth tunnel. Plenty of places on route for food and drinks .
Overall excellent service throughout
Many thanks
Written 26 April 2022
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MaraRafiki
Stratford on Avon104 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
We had a brilliant day on board. The boat was warmed up ready for our arrival. The check in process was quick and easy, and Simon, the Technician showed us all we needed to know in just a few minutes. With on board tea/coffee making supplied, an easy to use heads,and saloon heating the boat had everything we needed. The engine was quiet and easy to use. We had a great day. Thank you ABC.
Written 30 March 2022
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Lorna R
4 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Fantastic holiday - boat as was advertised and more - staff very helpful at Hilperton Marina - out 1st time on a canal boat and couldn’t have been happier with everything - amazing holiday - boat we hired was great - had a little problem with a water leak from pump and engineer out to remedy within the hour - perfect and highly recommend
Written 27 March 2022
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scfcboy
Bridgend, UK18 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Nice boat and friendly staff. Hired the boat for four nights and travelled from Alvechurch to Gas street basin in Birmingham and back. Nice relaxing break. However this was spoilt somewhat with the cost of fuel used for about a twenty mile round trip. Over £90 was spent on Diesel and Red diesel at that - the fuel costs are eyewatering to say the least and cannot be climate friendly at those prices. Will not be using that company again that is for sure!!
Written 22 October 2021
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Sheeerab
London, UK6 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Husband, my sister and I, took my elderly parents for a 3 nighter from Gailey marina and we had a wonderful time!
The boat, the Rodulf, had everything you need for a weekend trip and was well appointed.
We stopped at a couple of pubs along the way and had decent meals; the Hartley at Wheaton and the 3 hammers golf club bistro which also had good decent food.
Apart from the wonderful, thrilling and sometimes terrifying experience of driving the boat, what made the trip so enjoyable was all the staff; the abc staff at Gailey we’re so heart warmingly fabulous that we want to go there again, also the staff we met at the golf club and later at the 1911 cafe. Plus, all the other boaters we met on the way, just a great experience.
Thank you abc boat hire.
Written 24 August 2021
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Richard
World1 contribution
Aug 2021
Hired a boat through ABC Boat HIre for a week from Gailey Marina. Boat clean and tidy, but engine noise very intrusive when driving, due to very outdated installation. Not really the quiet relaxing way to enjoy the coutryside you hope for on a canal trip. More like having a London bus follow you round for seven days. Most marina staff friendly and professional, but sadly one very off-hand and unwelcoming, and one yelling crude abuse across the canal at a mate on the opposite bank. Not cheap either at £2400.
Written 13 August 2021
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André
Bristol, UK85 contributions
May 2021
Finally, as Covid restriction are lifted, we get a chance to do something with a difference. ABC Boat Hire were fantastic from the start, great communication, reassurances of their Covid policies and very helpful, as we were first-timers in the Canal Boat Hire world.
Their advice on directions and managing locks was second to none and our hand over / boat run through by our Engineer was delivered perfectly. We’ll be back for sure, probably for a little longer and see how far we can get from Hilperton Marina. Thank you for a FABULOUS day.
Written 29 May 2021
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Tokyo brit
London, UK43 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Just come back from a lovely three night narrow boat trip with ABC. The staff at the marina (Worcester) couldn't have been more helpful, and the company have made various changes to their briefing procedure, cleaning regime etc. to accommodate customers in the midst of COVID. Our boat was well-equipped, clean and comfortable, and the trip was the perfect way to enjoy the English countryside (easy to forget the troubles of the world at the moment, which was much needed!). Despite being first-timers, we had no problems operating the boat and making use of things like the central heating because everything is fully explained in the check in/ briefing. Just make sure you're paying attention at the marina before you set off and read up a little on what to expect from a narrow boat holiday before you rock up (obviously!). We would definitely consider using ABC again but would like a longer break next time!
Written 19 October 2020
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