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Handover manual

Handover Manual

Welcome Aboard Bramblewicks Maebee


Thank you for choosing Bramblewicks for your narrow boat break with us here on the historical Aire & Calder Navigation We aim to provide you with the most perfect relaxing holiday, whatever the season and the safest boating experience you can have.


We ask that you read all of this information so that you are aware of how we aim to help you to enjoy the canals and rivers safely and that you are aware of your responsibilities keeping yourselves and the boat safe. When your booking is confirmed we will advise you to visit our website where you will have access to the Boaters hand book video, Please watch this for your own benefit and safety.


Bramblewicks Maebee is fully insured but you will require personal travel insurance for the duration of your stay.

We cannot guarantee the weather, water levels or anything outside the Marina.

If water levels rise on the rivers or canals you may not be able to move Maebee out of the marina. You will be able to stay onboard at the embarkation point and enjoy the many local amenties, hostelries and superb walks.

Please ensure you have sufficient holiday insurance to cover any such circumstance you feel may affect your enjoyment of your hire.


Please make sure you read this in full before you sign the agreement for Bramblewicks.

A Bramblewicks crew member will be there to greet you at Methley bridge marina where there is a parking area.


We will escort you and your luggage to the embarkation bay where Maebee is moored and fully serviced for your holiday. We will remind you to read this manual if you haven’t already done so.


A crew member will give one lead person/skipper in order to maintain social distancing, the walk-through tour and demonstration of the boat and all the facilities including the location of emergency isolation points for gas, water and on board electrics. We will emphasis the safety and operational aspects of the boat and your handling of it. We will ask you to state and sign for the level of experience you have in narrow boating on canals and rivers so that we may give you the appropriate level of tuition when we cast off.


Emphasis will be on the safety and operational aspects of Maebee and the handling of it, which you will be signing for as a legal document on behalf of your party in the event of an accident or injury to any member of your party


Boating Tuition/Demonstration


This will be provided for a matter of course. This will include;


Casting off and mooring up

Correct speed

Passing on coming and moored boats

Lock operation

On-Board safety

Turning Maebee round

Starting and stopping the engine.

Emergency procedures; man over board

Then we will let you set off on your canal and waterway adventure!

Bramblewicks reserve the right to extend the demonstration if we are not satisfied with the level of knowledge demonstrated.


In the unlikely event of a break down we aim to be with you as soon as is practicable subject to location, traffic etc. We may contact a reputable boat yard close to you on our behalf. We reserve the right to delay getting to you if you call outside normal working hours, until the following morning, unless the event is a threat to life or could result in loss or damage to the boat or sufficiently serious that your holiday will be permanently compromised.


When you return to the marina we will be there to greet you and to moor you safely before you and your party disembark and will escort you and your luggage to your car. There are rubbish bins and Elsan disposal on site to help you clean out the boat efficiently and effectively.


We are always willing to listen to your adventure stories including constructive criticisms and compliments. If you prefer to write these down please email and we will be happy to peruse them.


And finally, we hope you have a fantastc experience with Bramblewicks Maebee !


Your responsibilities.


Pets/Dogs You must ensure, whilst at the marina any pets, dogs are on a lead or leash. They must under your complete control. Any poo must be removed using a dog poo bag. This must be placed in the relevant marked bins provided.


The Hirer (you) must arrive before we allow the party aboard as you have to sign acceptance of responsibility for your party prior to boarding/loading the boat.


Any Crew/party members arriving late will have to walk a good distance to the first lock or towpath so it is ideal that all members of the party arrive prior to leaving the Marina.


On arrival please phone Howard on 07456388686 who will be waiting on Maebee at the Embarkation point unless otherwise arranged.


We will help you to unload your car and transport everything to the boat where you can stow everything aboard. Please check the boat thoroughly for cleanliness, defects, damage or shortages, including mooring stakes, poles and windlass (especially crockery etc) We know that accidents and breakages happen, please tell us and we can charge accordingly.


Also check that you have the correct amount of linen and towels for your party.

There are buoyancy aids at the front of the boat, try them for size prior to casting off.


Boat Show through when on board, buoyancy aids fitted and everything stowed away and you have read and digested the manual, the boat show-through will take place. The Crew will show you the technical side of the cooker, fridge, shower and toilet. It should take about 15 minutes.


Boating tuition will start as soon as the show-through is completed and any queries answered. This will take about 30 minutes then another 45 mins through the first lock. A demonstration of a traditional lock will be undertaken on the marina.


It is important that all the members of the party watch look and listen and learn so you can avoid hassle whilst a float!


Signing the Boat Acceptance certificate is not to be understated. It is absolving us of any responsibility for your actions whilst on Maebee and must be signed before we formally hand Maebee over to you having given you the necessary advice of boating skills and facilities available. It is your responsibility make sure you are happy with the cleanliness and equipment on Maebee and that you have received adequate basic instruction to allow you to be safe with the boat and your party and with due regard for other boaters on the waterways.


When you are on your way the canals and waterways are for you explore and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the countryside. We aim to provide you with the vessel, now its up to you to use it to the full. Try to remember a few important principles when on the Cut.


At least two of your group should stay sober whilst underway, Don’t drink and drown! It is an offence to be over the limit when driving a Narrow boat.

Be mindful of other users, slow down when passing moored boats, moor responsibly away from locks, bridges and sharp bends. Be friendly and helpful at locks. Everyone loves a chat but don’t lose sight of what is happening on the boat

Relax and take your time, don’t rush along as you will surely miss the fantastic scenery and wildlife.

Make everyone responsible for each others safety whilst on board

Returning Maebee back to us

On the morning of your return, please have Maebee at the Marina by 10 am ready to unload including refuse removed and toilet emptied. Bed linen should be stripped and together with towels, placed in the bag as directed. We will have to charge £50 an hour for late return and/ or for the boat not being cleaned.


You must take responsibility for informing us of any thing damaged or missing on Maebee so that it can be resolved prior to the next guests arriving;


broken toilet or shower

engine malfunction

tiller or propeller damage

broken windows or steel work damage

gas, water or diesel leaks

any notifiable incidents particularly with other boats, locks or bridges.

any boat contents

Contact Us

Safety on your Bramblewicks holiday


As said previously safety throughout the holiday is everyone’s responsibility. Please be aware also of the following points;


Children must be supervised at all times and wear buoyancy aids when outside to boat whether they are competent swimmers or not.

Maebee was built as a two berth live aboard . maximum 2 berth.

It is legally required that the person steering the boat when underway must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Your contract maybe terminated if we feel that this requirement has been contravened.

Maebee has doors at the back and front) , and one in the bathroom which is sliding . Please make sure these are unlocked when sleeping or underway in case of emergency

The roof and gunwales are out of bounds for all party members. Only crew areas such as the stern deck and bow when filling the water may be accessed. Please do not use the roof or gunwales at any time. This contravenes our conditions

When underway, there are a number of low bridges and branches which may catch the side of the boat and any party member that is on the crew area. Also be aware of the Tiller arc when maneuvering the boat and ensure all guests are aware of this and out of range.

Never lean out of hatches when the boat is in motion-Beware of decapitation!




Always be aware that the locks are often deep and we strongly recommend that all crew are either out on deck or lock side for your added safety. Undivided attention to the lock demonstration as part of your boating tuition is required. In particular:-


Never run around the lock edge or across the gates or boat roof.

Always hold on to the handrail as you cross a lock gate.

Always ensure that there is one member of crew at the front of the boat on the lock side (to check the bows are going up and down safely) and one member at the back (usually the steerer)

Don’t fool around whilst using the lock.

Don’t let others operate the lock for you unless they are willing to work to your instructions.

Always keep the boat at the front of the lock (towards the gate) going uphill, and at the middle/front of the lock (just clear of the front gate) going downhill – do not let the back (stern) of the boat get near the back gate or the Cill which could damage the rudder or even, at worst, tip the boat.(There will be a significant charge if this happens!).

On wide (‘double’) canal locks only use ropes if you are using the lock alone – and never tie a rope to the posts when descending the lock!

Never allow the boat to ram lock gates – there should be no need for excessive force or use of the engine if you follow our boating tuition.

Never leave your lock key (‘windlass’) on the lock spindle once you have wound the paddle up – always use the safety catch.

Swing Bridges are varied with some being electrically operated with the BWB key which is on your key fob, some are pushed by hand once you have unlocked the BWB padlock. Ensure that the bridge is fully opened before you pass through and if other boats are following or approaching closely, leave the bridge open for them/ wait to collect your key and that your fully close the bridge once through if you are the only/last boat.


Accidents and emergencies


Person Overboard The steerer should keep a good lookout for all persons either in the bow of the boat, on the stern, or working the lock/ lift bridges. If someone falls in:-


alert the steerer immediately and throw the life-ring toward the person in the water.

the steerer must take the boat out of gear immediately it is safe to do so, and must on no account use the gears again until the person in water is well clear of the propeller.

ideally get the person in the water to wade or swim to the canal/ river bank– it is usually easier to get onto the bank than the boat.

If the person is in difficulty use the boat hook and/or a rope to assist them to the bank/boat. Do not jump in unless you are a good swimmer yourself and the person is in imminent danger of drowning otherwise.

Remember that anyone in the water will weigh at least twice their bodyweight on dry land – don’t forget your own safety) Once back onboard, ensure they have a warm shower to mitigate any possible effects of ‘Weils Disease’ – if they should subsequently feel excessively drowsy or suffer flu-like symptoms ensure they seek medical advice immediately.


Maebee is equipped with three fire extinguishers and a fire blanket. These will be demonstrated to you during your boat show-through. Please ensure all members of the party are aware of their location and use. In the event of fire follow these guidelines:-


raise the alarm and evacuate the vessel immediately, ensuring everyone remains at least 20ft/6m away from the boat. Do a head count to ensure everyone is accounted for.

if safe to do so, shut off the gas and electric supplies by means of the emergency isolators (as shown during your tuition)

only if safe to do so, use extinguishers to bring the blaze under control or if a fire on the cooker, use the fire blanket.(The cooker must not be left unattended when alight)

if boats are moored alongside/ next to your boat, alert the occupants as soon as possible) if necessary call the emergency services by dialing 999. (make sure you know where you are i.e. nearest bridge/road/village before calling them) and state fire on canal-boat .contact Bramblewicks with similar information.

Do not attempt to fight the fire if you have any concerns for your own safety, do not allow others to return into the boat, and DO NOT attempt to move the boat unless instructed to do so by a Fire Officer or a member of Boatyard Staff or the navigation authority.


If you Smell Gas. Every boat has a gas supply solely for cooking. You will be shown how to turn the gas off in an emergency. If you suspect a gas leak or can smell gas make sure that you:-


tell everyone immediately and evacuate the vessel – ensuring all persons keep well clear of the boat (minimum 20feet/6m).turn off all cooker knobs and the gas supply at the main valve (as shown to you during your boating tuition)

open as many doors/windows as possible, do not operate any lights, nor smoke, nor use a naked flamed) do not allow anyone to return into the vessel until you have contacted the boatyard for further advice.

Personal injury or Illness


If any member of your party falls ill or is injured, and requires medical treatment, do NOT call us as we are unable to provide direct medical assistance. Either call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 for telephone advice, or in emergency call 999 and ask for Ambulance/ Police. Make sure you know your location, ideally giving the nearest road access for an ambulance – once the ambulance is on its way.





This section is designed to give a succinct description of all the parts of the boat you would normally need to know about. Please read this again if you have any difficulties with the boat whilst on holiday. There is a folder in the side draw with the instructions for all facilities on Maebee. (Please do not remove this from the boat)


Electricity is 12 volt, from batteries charged by the engine, and is not suitable for domestic appliances. A 400Watt inverter is installed for battery chargers, computers etc via a standard UK 3 pin socket – it will not power hairdryers – but should not be relied upon overnight as it may flatten the batteries. We cannot allow the overnight use of breathing machines or other medical equipment because this will either flatten the batteries or become inoperable risking the person’s health. The boat’s batteries need to be charged for at least 4hrs/day either as you boat along or, if moored up for the day, by running the engine in a fast tick over speed out of gear. No charging = flat batteries = no lights, water, and toilets! A separate battery starts the engine so even if you do get flat batteries you should be able to start the engine, then rev it up until the charge light/alarm goes out


You will be shown the trip switches and emergency electrical isolator during your boat show-through– you should not need to touch these unless in the event of a fault or emergency.


Gas is provided from cylinders whose location will be shown to you during the boat show-through. In normal circumstances you should not need to touch these. The emergency shut off procedure will be carefully explained to you.



Water is drinking quality, supplied from a tank in the bow of Maebee however we do supply bottled drinking water. This is full when you leave us, but will need to be topped up at the indicated water points using the hose in thefront deck cupboard, which you connect to the marked water points on the canal side in the various canal guides. Please make sure the hose never gets dropped into the canal, and that you run water through the hose for approx 1 minute before putting the hose into the tank.

The water pump is switched on when you arrive and the switch location will be pointed out during the boat show-through. If you think there is a water leak, turn the pump off but remember it will prevent use of all facilities including toilet. If the pump trips on & off annoyingly (especially at night) there is either a dripping tap, or a toilet not fully shut off – please check these before turning the pump off, but don’t forget to switch it back on next day!



Maebee has a 12v electric fridge. This will be turned on when you arrive and should be cold within 30 minutes when empty. Do not turn the fridge setting above ‘3’ as no significant performance gain is made but the batteries will flatten much more quickly. As with all fridges the compressor hums when operating, so it is not unusual to turn the fridge off overnight to prevent noise disturbance – the fridge will hold its chill overnight if unopened, but don’t forget to turn it back on next morning! If the fridge light is flashing, the batteries need charging. Try not to over fill the fridge please.



The cooker must not be left unattended when cooking. The gas cooker is domestic size and has full flame-failure device to prevent gas continuing to flow if the flame goes out. Light with the electric igniter on the cooker or by manual igniter.


DANGER OF ASPHYXIATION – Do not use the cooker as a means of heating: use only for cooking and turn off when not required.



Fire Blanket and Extinguishers

The fire blanket is located close to the cooker for use in emergency, as is one fire extinguisher. A further extinguisher is located close to the Stove . and another in the middle of the boat.

The extinguishers will be checked upon return – a £50 charge per extinguisher will be made if any are returned discharged needlessly– please check before you take the boat over that they show fully charged (needle in green on the gauge)



The toilet is a modern flush unit with a cassette. There is a red indicator on the cistern which will warn you when it is nearing full capacity, Elsan disposal units are available along the canals at certain points. It is advisable to use these when passing. Don’t get caught short!


The toilet rarely causes problems except through misuse. Therefore please follow our instructions during the boat show-through and do not put anything down them except low-grade toilet paper or that that you have eaten or drunk We will always come out to resolve a toilet problem but note that if we find evidence of misuse you will be liable for a charge (including our travel time).


Mooring and Lock Equipment

Your boat is equipped with mooring stakes, a double-eye lock handle (called windlass) for operating the locks, and a lump hammer. There are also 2 ‘piling hooks’ if you wish for a more secure mooring instead of using the stakes:


Loss will be charged at replacement value as sold in the Marina Chandlery


At the end of your day’s boating lift the rear hatch and turn the (brass) stern greaser down until pressure is felt. Then make a further half turn. This stops the stern tube leaking overnight. Do NOT undo the greaser at any point!


Last night afloat and early retun

We need Maebee back at the marina by 10.00am and vacated by 10.30 am, therefore it is important to ensure you do not moor too far from the marina the previous night.


Early Return to the Marina

(previous afternoon). A number of guests may like to return Maebee on the last afternoon of their holiday rather than stay onboard for a last night. If you prefer to do this please advise us at the time of your arrival at the Marina so that we can arrange to be there to meet you. The Crew are usually available during 8am-6pm unless in an emergency. Latest acceptable return is 16.30 to allow time for you to clean and vacate the boat .



We provide you with all the equipment needed to clean Maebee inside and out and leave it as you would expect to find it, especially the kitchen and bathroom. Please ensure that you have checked all cupboards and that all rubbish including unwanted food has been disposed of in the bins on the marina. If Maebee is returned in a dirty condition we will have to charge £100 for extra cleaning costs and the time involved.


Lost Property

We check Maebee thoroughly during the turn-round servicing. We regret that we do not have the resources to store lost property for more than two weeks – please contact us with an accurate description if you think you’ve forgotten something: we charge £5 per item for postage & packing to UK addresses.


Please contact Howard on 07456388686 within working hours or email

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