Blackwater Dawn 


Charter prices effective from Monday 2nd April 2018.


             Weekday discounts available. Details below.



Prices for 2018


Min Deposit

Monday to Friday 

For the first 2 hours




3 hours




4 hours




5 hours




6 hours







2016 review


Hi Ron,
Thanks to both you and Judith (and Molly),
Thanks for a fabulous day out on the Chelmer/ Blackwater and the warm welcome you gave us all. It was fun, relaxing and informative. We all really enjoyed ourselves, and will be passing your name on to anyone interested in boats as an event. We hope to be getting back to you re Ruthís dadís birthday in August,
Many thanks again ,


Comments from previous charters

Dear Ron,

Apologies for the delay but just wanted to say a big thank you for our trip on the 12th July for my Dad's 80th, we had a lovely time, it was relaxing and chilled and would honestly recommend your facilities.


Dear Ron and Judith,

We are sorry for the delay in writing to thank you both for your superb hospitality extended to us on 21 June.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and you made us very welcome. Father was particularly pleased with his Father's Day present and so we hope this will provide a good omen for future trips with you, perhaps with other friends next time and possibly longer too.

Wishing you a successful summer with your trips and we look forward to joining you again, hopefully in the not too distant future.


Sharon, Jeffrey, Dan, Chris and George

On Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 22:22, STURLEY SUSAN 

Hi Ron

Just wanted to say thank you for a lovely time Friday, my Mum and Dad had a lovely surprise 50th and we all really enjoyed it especially the children getting to steer the boat, would definitely do it again.

Thanks again Sue


On the 19th June Jennie wrote

Just to say Thank you for a great family afternoon out on your  boat on Saturday. All the family from the 4 year old to the 70 plus had such a good time  and we will have happy memories of the Blackwater Dawn. 
Best wishes
Jennie Stanton

Nice to hear from our customers that have enjoyed their day out, lets have some more comments from satisfied customers, please.

Frequently asked questions:

Question: Do I need to book?
Answer: Yes if you wish to guarantee a seat at your preferred time and for the amount of places you require then please give us a ring.

Question: Can I bring my own food?
Answer: If on an an hourly trip please ask first but if on a charter we encourage a party atmosphere, so food and drink are permitted.

Question: Is there a toilet on board?
Answer: Yes there is and is suitable for disabled persons.

Question: Can I help steer the boat and help with locks?
Answer: Yes, but only on a charter and under supervision.

Passengers at Sandford Lock

Blackwater Dawn at Sandford Lock


These conditions are made to avoid complaints, misunderstandings or disputes, and apply from when the booking form is completed and signed on behalf of all themembers of the party and all monies due at the time of booking are paid in full.

BOOKING: No boat is booked until we have confirmed acceptance of a completed booking form. Provisional bookings will be held for up to 7 days pending receipt of a booking form and a deposit payment. Following this period the date may be offered to another customer. Requests for the provisional booking date to be extended must be made in writing and will be subject to confirmation by Blackwater Boats. We reserve the right to decline bookings from single sex groups, or persons under the age of 18 years who must declare these circumstances when booking.

BALANCE OF HIRE FEE: The hirer is responsible for the whole of the hire fee, and the balance must be received by us before commencement of hire. Should a confirmed booking be cancelled we will try to re-let the boat, but if we are unsuccessful the balance of the hire fee will remain due from the hirer.

HIRERS' PROPERTY: We cannot accept liability for loss or damage to hirers' or passengers' property, baggage, vehicles etc., however or wherever caused.

PETS: Pets are allowed but at our discretion.

AVAILABILITY: The booking is made on the understanding that the boat booked, or craft of a similar specification, will be made available to the hirer on the date for the period specified unless Blackwater Boats are prevented from doing so by circumstances beyond their control. In such circumstances Blackwater Boats will offer the option of an alternative date or full return of the hire fee, when the hirer shall have no further claim against Blackwater Boats. If navigation restrictions, water levels, mechanical failure interrupt a hire period, etc., Blackwater Boats will not be liable for any refund or compensation.

RIGHTS OF THE COMPANY: Blackwater Boats reserve the right to refuse any persons who, in their opinion, is not in a suitable condition. In such circumstances all hire charges paid shall be retained and all liability of the hirer and Blackwater Boats shall thereupon cease. Blackwater Boats also reserve the right to terminate the charter at any time where a serious accident or damage has occurred, or in the opinion of Blackwater Boats is likely to occur because of the unsuitability of the passengers due to age, ill health, disability, intoxication, inexperience or any other safety reason. In such circumstances Blackwater Boats shall not be liable to refund any part of the hire charges paid.

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