Boating Holidays on British Waterways and in Europe

Daily Checks for holiday boats

Boating Holidays
Boating Holidays in Britain
Boating Holidays in Ireland
Boating Holidays in France
Boating Holidays in Holland
Boating Holidays in Germany
Boating Holidays in Italy
European Boating Holidays
Day Boats
Flotilla Holidays
Your boating holiday
Mooring up
Starting off
Steering a boat
Where to eat
Owning a boat
Owning a holiday boat
Boat Share
Boat Timeshare
Boating Help
Saftety Equipment
Falling in the water
Daily Checks
Clearing a fouled propeller
Other Holidays
Holiday Cottages
Villa Holidays
Lodges & Cabins
Camping sites



Check your holiday boat on a daily basis


Each boat varies in terms of the daily checks required and you should always refer to the handbook given to you when you are handed the keys to your holiday boat.

Here are some general checks that are often required with motor boats


Its often advised to fill up your water daily. If you keep it topped up you should not run short. Holiday Boats have limited storage for water and a couple of showers can diminish supplies.

Water Filler
The dashboard

Monitor the gauges and warning lights on the dashboard at all times. Make sure you have a good battery charge the oil pressure is OK and that the engine is not overheating. Many boats have a warning buzzer or light if the engine is overheating. If this goes off - stop the boat immediately and moor up and ring the boat yard for advice.


Bilge Pumps

Most boats its ok to leave electric bilge pumps on all the time. If not, or you have a manual one make sure you pump the water out each day. The last thing you need is water coming up over the engine. The boat will eventually sink if the bilges are not emptied of water although it is likely to take a long time

Sunk Boat


Most boats come with enough fuel for a weeks cruising. Often a dip stick will be provided if needed to see how much fuel is left



Many modern hire boats include 240v electric, TVs and music. Take care not to run these too long as they will drain the batteries. Usually the 240v is provided through a power inverter. This should be switched off after use.

Holiday Boat Electrics