THE BOATS – Classic Narrowboat and Eco-Solar Electric Catamaran
River Boat Trip Operator
“Rosie” is a 50ft (15m) open sided narrow boat originally built for the Huddersfield Canal Restoration Society in 1986 by Cammel Laird apprentices. She was named Greater Manchester and worked tirelessly raising money for the Canal charity eventually being sold to Foulridge Canal Cruisers between Burnley and Skipton on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Her livery was changed from orange to green and red and she became ‘Barden Broomstick’ carrying shoppers from Burnley town to Barden mill shop and back at the weekends.
She came up for sale again in 2003 and was bought as the ideal first boat for Camboats to ply the River Cam and Gt Ouse. The family worked hard to restore ‘Rosie’ and get all the necessary training and licences to trade on the river between Cambridge and Ely for individuals, families, schools and groups. We continue to develop new river trip experiences and the range of food and drink add-on options for you to choose.
Rosie – 50′ Traditional Style Narrowboat
A more recent addition to the Camboats fleet in 2018 is the luxury 24′ (8m) Eco-Electric boat “Princess Charlotte”. In 2020 the boat was upgraded with the installation of a set of solar panels, making her what is believed to be the first inland river based solar powered passenger boat in the UK. Powered by sunlight and and a battery bank for reserve power, coupled to a pollution free whisper quiet electric motor, ‘Princess Charlotte’ gives up to 10 hours a day of river cruising time.
Each boat is designed for up to twelve passengers, so medium size groups of up to twenty four can now travel together in convoy! Or we can organise larger group events with multiple hop-on off trips in combination with a shore-based venue. To date our largest event was for over 150 passengers.