Welcome to Driftwood Days Boating Company, Narrowboat hire and Training

About Us


Quality Service and Boats

We are proud to have been inspected and accepted as a Quality Accredited Boat Yard by the British Marine Federation. 

We abide by their code of practice ensuring you get a great holiday with a quality handover, training and support from the moment you book till the end of your holiday.


Whistling Swan

Our 4 Star 12 berth boat has been inspected by British Marine and reached the standard for this grading. This gives you the confidence that our boat is up to an expected standard and endorsed by VisitEngland.



Emsworth is our 2 Star boat, she is well equipped and fitted our for group use. She is a little older than Whistling Swan but still has everything you will need for a relaxing break on the waterways.  

Narrowboat Activities and Training

From a passion for boating and all things water related we have purchased purpose built 8 and 12 berth Narrow Boats.

Emsworth sleeps 8, is well equipped and ideal for nights away. Whistling Swann sleeps 12 and is great for bigger groups.

Our RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Courses are running on the following dates:

2020 Dates now available

8th & 9th Feb

10th and 11th Feb

26th and 27th Feb (2 Spaces Left)

28th and 29th March

30th and 31st March (Sold Out

14th and 15th April (2 spaces left)

18th and 19th April (1 space left)

29th and 30th April (1 space left)

9th and 10th May (1 space left)

21st and 22nd May

1st and 2nd June

6th and 7th June (Sold Out)

25th and 26th June

We can also setup courses mid week to suit your own dates.

If you would like to book or have any questions - please get in touch.

Contact us for booking


What we do for our local community and youth groups.....

RYA Training

We are an accredited RYA training centre for Inland Waterways and Shore based courses.

Spend a day or two with us completing your training ready for your permit assessment.

Scout Narrowboat Permit Assessments

Paul is GLSW Scout County Narrowboat assessor and can complete your assessment on Emsworth.

Nights away Adventures

Emsworth sleeps 8 people and is ideal for trips away with your young people. She is well equipped with a toilet, shower, central heating, fresh water, a galley kitchen and 8 individual bunks

Badge Days

During the School Holidays we run Badge Days where your Cubs, Scouts and Explorers can visit us for the day. We run the Power Coxwain Badge for the Scouts and Time on the Water badges for everyone. 

Leader Social Trips

Always on camp with the young people? Are your leaders in need of a social or planning weekend?

Come and stay on Emsworth -either we can join you and run the boat or take her away yourselves and visit the local attractions.

Duke of Edinburgh Residential Trips

We are an Approved Activity Provider for DofE. During the year we will be running several residential trips for young people completing their DofE Gold, Queen Scout or Queen Guide award. 

To register your interest please message us.

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