Yacht charter company to launch new base in Birmingham

An eco-boat charter company is launching a new operation on Birmingham’s canal system.

GoBoat was founded in London in 2017 and rents electric boats for up to eight passengers.

It has now reached an agreement to begin operations in Birmingham from April 8, based on the Brindleyplace estate which adjoins the canal.

This is the first time that the company has opened a base outside the capital where it transported more than 100,000 visitors last year.

The boats, child and dog friendly, are self-contained, travel at a speed of 4 mph and can be booked for trips up to three hours.

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Buoyancy aids are provided and no prior knowledge of sailing is necessary as staff give a shore tutorial before guests set sail.

GoBoat co-owner Grant Sweeney said: “Birmingham has such a rich history with its waterways and when we started the business in 2017 we always wanted to expand across the UK and Birmingham has always been at the top of our list as a second home.

“And with the city so closely tied to its historic waterways, we couldn’t be more excited to embark on such a vibrant and thriving city.

“Brindleyplace is the perfect location for us, it’s a vibrant center within the city and we look forward to being part of their growing family.”

Matt Long, Head of Tenant Engagement and Venue Creation at Brindleyplace, added: “GoBoat is an established supplier working in the water leisure market, with a proven track record at a number of locations in London, and we are extremely happy to welcome them here. at Brindleyplace and the heart of the UK canal system.”

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