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Self Drive Day Hire of 6.5m River Cruiser


Self Drive Day Hire

From: £165.00 full day

“Imp” (Pet Friendly)
“Trixie” Open Boat
"Lolly" Electric Open Boat


4 of us stayed on this amazing luxury yacht and every need was catered for. We were greeted by Denise and Pippa and from the moment we arrived were treated like VIPs. The Yacht was clean, and everything we needed was provided. The beds are comfortable and a good size. Read more…


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No. of Guests

Up to 6 People on Lolly, Dambuster & The Imp, and 8 People on Trixie


6.5m River Cruiser


Lincoln, United Kingdom

Features onboard —

Our hire boats provide seating for up to 8 people.  Two of our fleet have an onboard toilet and sliding roof, which opens, to offer an open air experience, providing lots opportunity for sightseeing down the river. Self-drive boat hire on the Fossdyke has a lot to offer for a family or friends fun experience.  New to boating or an experienced boater will easily manage our lovely river cruisers, to help you get away from it all.


Burton Waters will provide you with the tuition you need for a fun day out. Lifejackets, insurance and fuel is included in our prices, to make life simple.

The Location and Things to Do

Burton Waters Marina is situated off the Fossdyke, the oldest canal in England, thought to have been built around AD 120 by the Romans.  When you leave the marina basin, turn left to take yourself down into the Brayford Pool and enjoy the sites of the historical City of Lincoln.  Travel through the Brayford and continue under the Glory Hole, to take in the City centre.

In the opposite direction, enjoy the open countryside and cruise all the way to Torksey Lock, where the Fossdyke meets the tidal River Trent.

Full day hire is 10.15am til 4pm. Take to the water and explore the beautiful Fossdyke River stopping off at any of the various pubs along the way.

Lolly - Electric Boats

An open boat for six people propelled by electric, allowing you to enjoy a quiet day out on the water with family and friends

Trixie - Open top Diesel boat

An open top boat able to fit 6- 8 people propelled by diesel power, the largest of our fleet, seating 8 persons.  But don’t let the size put you off, this one is easy to steer, with a traditionally positioned steering wheel.  Although there is no dining table, there is still plenty of room onboard for picnics. Providing you with the perfect opportunity to spend time with your friends and family.

The Dambuster

One of our original hire boats, the Dambuster is both spacious and practical with seating for up to 6 persons.  A sliding roof opens, to offer an open-air experience, providing lots of seating space for sightseeing down the river.  Although there is no electricity on board, there is room for dining, with the table layout.  There is also an onboard toilet, for your convenience.

The Imp

The second of our original hire boats, the Imp is also both spacious and practical with seating for up to 6 persons.  A sliding roof opens to offer an open-air experience, providing lots of seating space for sightseeing down the river.  Although it is similar to its sister the Dambuster,  there is room for dining with the table layout.  There is also an onboard toilet for your convenience. The Imp is pet friendly, so you can bring the entire family for a cruise down the river.

Where to find us

Our self drive day hire is located in Lincoln in our beautiful and unique marina development, located just two miles by water from the historic City of Lincoln. If you’re having trouble finding us, please call or email us using the information below.

Call: 01522 567404

About Lincoln

Lincoln is easily walkable for visitors with good mobility – the main shopping stretches from St Marks Shopping centre in the south up to the Cathedral Quarter – known locally as ‘Uphill’.

Wine & Dine

See the Sights

The city is surrounded by beautiful countryside ready to be explored with walks and cycle routes, where you’ll find quaint market towns, beautiful scenery, and aviation history.

Stunning Walks

Explore the City

6.5m River Cruiser
The Entire Boat For Up to 6 People

from £165 full day

“A gadget free day out!


Pottering along watching the world go by, this really was a great family day out! We rented the boat on a typical autumn day and we all thoroughly enjoyed it! No one asked for gadgets at all and my daughter enjoyed helping steer and moor up!


We were given a map of the local waterways so we planned a route and stopped in Saxilby for a picnic lunch and then carried onto Torksey lock for cake before returning back to Burton Waters.


The boat is basic (but has a toilet in board) its really clean and the service was great. Booking was flexible and easy to do and Jacob gave a great introduction and explanation about the boat and what to do. My top tips… bring a picnic, maybe a card game, a blanket if it’s chilly and be prepared to unwind! The best bit for us was spending time together, talking and laughing while spotting birds and wildlife along the way!”


Sally Newham

Leading industry knowledge & first class experience

“Whether you’re looking to buy your first boat or upgrade your current boat, Burton Waters offers you the ultimate boat buying experience. Leading industry knowledge, first class service and all the top boat brands makes Burton Waters your first port of call.”


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