Why are houseboats so big?
True, our largest cormorant is 15 meters long and 4.35 meters wide. But a lock is about 40 meters long and 5 meters wide. They may be big but our fleet has been designed to be easy to maneuver and remember travelling speed is always slow.
What about the other waterway users?
Compared to road transport, the traffic on water is negligible. On water, if you see another boat, unlike on roads, you will probably be travelling at the same pace. The majority of time you can expect to only be sharing the waterway with nature.
Do I need to be able to navigate?
If you can read a road map, then you will be able to navigate the waterways. Remember, travelling on the waterways is much slower than by road so there is more time to decide which way to go and less chance of any heated discussions.
And if I don't respond quickly enough?
Take it easy, on the houseboat everything goes much slower than you are used to. The speed limit is just 10 miles per hour on the waterway so there is always time to think again.
I don't know the rules on the water!
Fortunately, boating was invented before bureaucracy. The traffic rules are usually characterized by logic and reason, so if in doubt common sense should prevail.
How are we all going to fit on a boat?
It is true, in comparison to a house, a house boat small. But you will be surprised how much space you have on board. The boats are designed with maximum headroom, easily accessible cabinets, large beds, a foredeck, a back deck and a fully equipped galley.