Adams Ark canal boat

Adams Ark is a canal boat owned by the council that is available for hire by schools and community groups, including those with disabilities and special needs.

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The boat

Skippered by a fleet of volunteers (both male and female), the wide beam vessel travels the Leeds / Liverpool canal, between Foulridge and Bingley Five Rise, via the picturesque market town of Skipton, and takes in the spectacular North Yorkshire countryside.

Passengers can experience life on board a canal boat, along with unique opportunities to see elements of the environmental, arts, industrial heritage and learn more about water safety.

The accommodation:

  • the open plan nature of the layout means that the vessel can accommodate people with disabilities, and was built with this in mind
  • self-catering facilities
  • on residential courses, the maximum number of passengers is 11, plus the skipper
  • gas oven and hob, domestic fridge/freezer, microwave oven
  • flushing toilet, wash basin, separate shower and washbasin

The cruise

Adams Ark is a hand's on experience:

  • participants will learn the skill of boat handling and the operation of locks and swing bridges
  • cruises are either three days - from Friday to mid-afternoon to Sunday mid-afternoon

Passengers over 14 years old can use the knowledge they gain on the cruise to secure a National Accreditation in the form of the National Community Boats Association Community Crew Course.

As well as increasing skills, feedback indicates that this promotes social and personal development, by increasing self-confidence.

Accreditation can be gained in the following ways:

  • Complete Crew Course accredited through the National Community Boats Association and the Open College Network. This course is designed for anyone over 14 years old and can be delivered through designated skippers over a weekend cruise on the barge. Cost £15
  • the barge is an accredited centre for the delivery of the Youth Achievements Award for young people over 14 years old
  • as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Here are some comments from satisfied passengers:

“The trip was an excellent social experience for the children. The skipper was brilliant, connecting with the children and engaging them in a very positive way.”

“The whole residential was positive experience for both the young people and the workers.”

“The barge was a fantastic experience for us all and gained a lot of knowledge and skills from attending this trip. The groups managed to complete 2 accredited awards as part of the trips, Complete Crew Course and Residential Award”

Technical information:

  • wide-beam canal boat powered by a 5 cylinder diesel engine with keel cooling
  • tiller steered
  • overall length 52 feet
  • overall beam 10 feet
  • maximum draught 2 feet

General safety information:

  • a continuous programme of refurbishment is in place for Adams Ark, which was fully refurbished in 2012
  • buoyancy aides are provided and a mobile phone is available for emergency use
  • all skippers are qualified and hold a Certificate of Community Boat Management and have been vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • accessibility - groups should be mindful that during an emergency, disembarkation of physically disabled people  would be the main difficulty - skippers are trained in evacuation procedures, but the minimum ratio is two able-bodied to one physically disabled user

Cost of Hiring Adams Ark

Non funded groups/CYPS/special schools Cost
Weekend Hire (Friday 4pm-Sunday 3pm) £250
Weekdays (Monday 9am-Friday 12pm) £400
Community Crew Course (per person) £15
* Other users (academies and organisation external to the council) Cost
Weekend Hire (Friday 4pm-Sunday 3pm) £350
Weekdays (Monday 9am-Friday 12pm) £600
Community Crew Course (per person) £15
Day Trips- Subject to availability for eligible groups £75

* Costs include £15 for initial pump out by Snaygill Boat Yard – others required en route will be charged at full rate

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Last updated: 11 December 2017 15:53:47