York Self Drive Boat Hire

Why not try your hand at skippering your own boat by hiring one of our fleet of Self-Drive motor boats?! They are fantastic fun, safe and easy to drive.

Hire your own self drive boat for up to 1 hour (max. 8 passengers per boat) (6 during Covid)
Life jackets for children
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Start time:

10:00am to 3:00pm (every 15 Minutes)


Enjoy a leisurely half hour or maximum one-hour hire, exploring York from the helm of your own self-drive motorboat. Become a captain and explore the sites of York’s riverside in style! We have fourteen Red Boats in total. Their names are Josephine, Angie, Leonie, Sarah, Yvette, Kathryn, Alice-May, Lucy, Tina, Heather, Ellen, Rebecca, Emma and Penny!

They can accommodate up to 8 people and so provide plenty of room for you all to head out on your own aquatic adventure, exploring the same river that brought the Vikings to our beautiful city. You will receive full instructions on how to operate your motor boat along with our safety and river rules, whilst life jackets will be provided for any children.

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