Self Drive Boat Hire.
Call 01423 339055 to book. 

Also available from the Ferryboat pontoon is ‘Betty Blue’, our electric picnic boat. She’s beautifully quiet and a lovely way to spend a summer’s day on the Ouse, either upstream as far as the lock at Linton on Ouse, or downstream into York. 

Up to 7 passengers
Saturday & Sundays




  • All bookings need to be made in advance by calling the Ferryboat office on 01423 339055. It is open Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm. If your reservation is for more than 2 weeks in advance, we shall take the day hire payment to secure the booking, and call you the week prior to the date of hire to take the credit card deposit, so that we don’t hold the credit for longer than needed.


  • Day hire, 11am-4pm, on Saturdays and Sundays when the ferryboat is operating, is £75. 
  • A deposit of £500 is taken - this is our insurance excess, and as long as the boat is returned with no damage or losses, and on time, it will be refunded to your credit card by the office on the Monday after hire.


  • If you are travelling to Nun Monkton by car, please park to the very rear of the car park behind The Alice Hawthorn Inn; there is no parking on the village green or Priory Estate.
  • On the day of your hire, you’ll be met at the pontoon, with instructions for operation, and the key.


Conditions and Guidelines (The hirer must read the guidelines below)

Conditions of Hire

The hirer MUST be 18 years or over – you may be asked to provide ID

The hirer MUST NOT be under the influence of alcohol or drugs

A maximum of 7 people (including any children) can travel in the boat

All children under the age of 10 MUST wear a lifejacket provided

The day hire charge and security deposit MUST be paid in full prior to hiring the boat

Whilst travelling on the boat you are not permitted to pass through any Locks.  Upstream limit Linton Locks, Downstream limit York

We reserve the right to refuse hire to anyone deemed likely to breach the Terms of Hire.


Always drive on the right and when you do meet an approaching boat, keep to the right and pass ‘port-to port’ (the left side of your boat passes the left side of the approaching boat)

Make sure that you do not cut the corner when going around bends. 

Look out for swimmers, canoes, punts, rowing boats, paddle boards and sailing dinghies. Remember they cannot always see or hear you approaching. Slow down so that your boat isn’t creating a wave. Give them plenty of room as you pass by. Warn other boaters coming in the opposite direction if you can.
Give yourself plenty of time to stop – especially when travelling downstream on flowing waters. Ease off the throttle, move into neutral and then use reverse gear to slow down and come to a final halt. 

Remain within the speed limit of 6 knots

The boat can only be operated when the ferryboat is operating. Whilst out on the boat, if the weather conditions worsen and operating the boat becomes unsafe, please return to Nun Monkton as soon as possible.


On rivers you should moor with the front of your boat facing into the stream. This gives you more control as you slow to a halt. So, if you’re heading downstream, you’ll need to pass the mooring and turn your boat around. Check that you’re not a hazard to other boats or to people using the bank. At busy sites position your boat to leave room for other boats to tie up too.

Don’t moor:
• In locks, lock approaches or in lock flights
• Blocking taps and other services unless you are using them.
• Near any bridges
• Under fixed bridges
• Near weirs
• Near sharp bends
• On the outside of bends
• By blind spots
• In or opposite turning points
• At junctions to the bank on a tidal river – you might find yourself hanging from the ropes when the tide goes out!
• On landing places for canoes – usually near locks
• In stretches marked out for an angling match
• Where there are signs that prohibit mooring

To keep your boat secure, you need to tie it to the bank with a rope from both the front and the back of the boat. On rivers, you should fix your upstream rope first. Many mooring sites have bollards or rings to tie up to – choose ones a short distance beyond the front and the back of your boat. Run your ropes at about 45º from your boat, loop them back onto the boat and tie securely, but not too taut.