First class service for shared canal boat owners.

Founded in 2002, we are proud to say that Carefree Cruising is the oldest and longest established of the major shared ownership schemes. We currently have 17 syndicates under management, all of which have been managed by us from their start. Our experience and approach set us out as being a cut above the rest.

Artie Chalmers founded Carefree Cruising with his wife Ruth. Artie and Ruth were boaters for many years before they set up Carefree Cruising. Today, their love of boating continues as proud owners of a share in one of our syndicates.

Their experience as boaters, customers and managers of our scheme has enabled us to develop a market leading management service that is second to none. In addition to Carefree Cruising, Artie and Ruth also own Elton Moss Boatbuilders and The Northwich Boat Company, Boatfinder Brokerage Services, and the Kings Lock Boatyard.

All boats built by us to very high specifications

Our boats are built by our sister company, Elton Moss Bostbuilders, using only the finest materials. Every single person who is involved in the building of your boat is a fully time served craftsman. Come and visit us on one of our open days and you will see how this makes for a top quality boat, especially important when you consider that she will be in use for around 46 weeks of each year during which time she will cruise the equivalent of 7 years average “private” boat use!

And, importantly for you, cutting out the boat builder’s profit means that we can sell shares in our superb quality boats at prices that our competitors find difficult to match.

Our management service is equally impressive.

We operate a structured and fair share owner boat usage system. Each owner picks their weeks by way of a list that rotates each year. This ensures that share owners use of their boat is planned in an even handed and impartial way. Compare this to some of the other schemes, who subject you to the lottery of drawing weeks out of a hat!

Our experienced and knowledgeable staff shoulder the considerable administration burden of arranging moorings and insurance, buying the license and ensuring the boat is serviced and maintained to the highest standards.

We directly manage our main boat bases at Middlewich Canal Centre in Cheshire, Aston Marina in Staffordshire and Welton Haven Marina in Warwickshire. This ensures a consistent quality service for our syndicates and share owners. An experienced and knowledgeable local manager is present on turnaround days and Carefree Cruising staff undertake all routine maintenance and repairs.

Support all year round when you need it

We also operate a 24 hour, 365 day a year support service, giving you the peace of mind that in the unlikely event of you encountering a problem whilst cruising, help will be at hand, promptly and efficiently.

When you deal with us, you know that you are dealing with a professional, transparent , well managed family firm that is focused on delivering a quality service to you – all for one simple annual fee.

When we say Carefree we mean Care Free – on AND off the water!

Artie Charmers,  founder of Carefree