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April 2022

A quick note (from Debdale) to say thank you very much for your brilliant response to our call for help last Saturday 23rd April. Your service was a brilliant, efficient, reassuring and streamlined process from the lady who answered our call, through your excellent communication and updates to Tom’s arrival and fixing of our problem. Thank you one and all!

March 2022

May I also take this opportunity to thank the staff who were on duty last Thursday. I found them to have been most helpful, calming, and reassuring throughout my ordeal. I also found Paul, the Marine Engineer, who came to my assistance on Friday morning to be very knowledgeable and thorough in his methods in fixing my boat’s problem. He maintained contact with me on Thursday and Friday. Would you please pass on my thanks to him.

Febuary 2022

We recently broke down ( throttle cable) at the top of the Hatton flight. I would like to compliment you on the marvellous service received. John and his apprentice Abbie arrived speedily with the correct part and in no time fixed the problem. Many, many thanks.

January 2022

Would just like to thank you all for the excellent service last night when engineer attended. After having a walk into town we returned to boat unable to start engine, appeared to be a battery fault. I rang about 1600 and Engineer arrived in about an hour. He found fault to be a wire that he replaced. You couldn’t get better service than that, many thanks. Engine started fine this morning.

September 2021

My boat, Bluegrass Mandolin, broke down in a lock on the Staffordshire Union Canal (Middlewich Arm.) I hauled it about three hundred metres along the canal to bridge 7. Paul came to assess the situation on 16 September,  and referred us to Damien who phoned us the next day. Both men came and manually hauled my boat to Aqueduct Marina a distance of approximately three quarters of a mile. These men are wonderful ambassadors for RCR. Their calmness and kindness was so refreshing to experience after a very difficult two weeks on board. This breakdown was the fourth major incident I had experienced on this trip!! I should like you to be aware that they are wonderful ambassadors for your company and are worth their wait in gold. I hope their salary is commensurate with this! Can you please extend my thanks to both Paul and Damien. True gentlemen in every way. Damien has assured me that he will be putting an insurance claim in on my behalf for the damage to the boat and I hope he will keep in touch with me each day so I know where I stand.

Thanks are extended again!


July 2021

Just wanted to say thank you to the RCR team and engineer Paul for great service today. We are back on our way and enjoying our cruise up the Avon

Regards, David

July 2021

May I just say how happy we both are with the service we have received over the past few days. I would like to thank you in the office plus Dylan and John for the way we have been looked after. Thank you.

 Regards. Richard.

July 2021

Just a quick note to thank the RCR for their service when broken down last weekend. From start to finish the service was excellent. Forgot to ask the mechanic/engineer his name but he was knowledgeable and proceeded to diagnose and then sort out problem with calm assurance….despite being crouched in my engine well with the rain hammering down!   He ended up with a glue job to my impeller (water pump) – otherwise it might have been a lengthy wait for part.  It is is still running fine with the glued together impeller. A great first experience – glad I joined,

July 2021

Dear RCR team

We would like to thank you for the way in which you dealt with our breakdown; everyone was very helpful when we phoned. Charlotte updated us with Jerome’s ETA and when he arrived, he was friendly and very efficient, he is a very good ambassador for your company.

Kind regards

David and Jennifer

July 2021

Called on RCR for the first time today and I must say I am very impressed from the response of the call centre staff to the professionalism of the mechanic who came out. They all kept me informed of when the engineer would arrive and he arrived as stated. He repaired our NB without an  issue and was very polite and informative. Well worth the membership fee as to know you can rely on RCR  is very reassuring.

July 2021

Our breakdown did not require a major repair but it was tricky and potentially disastrous as a stud had sheared in the Stern gland.  Paul, our engineer, arrived promptly and kept us well informed as to how arrival time. In the end he had to apply all his experience and knowledge to affect the repair removing a seized brass stud and tapping a new thread. Because it was tricky it took all his patience but he stuck with it and completes a perfect repair. I cannot speak highly enough of his  professionalism and skill nor for that matter for the efficiency and politeness of the admin staff. A big thank you to all concerned

June 2021

I would like to thanks you for all your help when our engine water pump broke, both engineers were brilliant and got us going again in good time.

Please extend our thanks to Kez and Grandad Steve.  Both are a credit to your company.

Many thanks

Jenny & Geoff Bennett

June 2021

Jake from RCR arrived first thing and put on his dry suit and rescued the dog.( He had a German Shepherd too). He Then helped my wife off the boat so I could take our dog for her walk, he then helped my husband to get the boat moving. ( All that was wrong was we were grounded Jake got us moving and advised us to stick to the middle of the canal while on this part of the navigation.

Jake was great and a credit to RCR he was cheerful, really knowledgeable and helpful this was our first call out to RCR from our initial call to them to getting us moving again we felt in safe hands so we are very grateful.

May 2021

Just had to drop you a line to thank you so much for coming to our aid. We are amazed at the speed that you responded to our call. Your mechanic found us so quickly and managed to dislodge the enormous heavy boat canvas that was lodged on our propeller.  From initial call to us being on our way was less than an hour.  A big thanks to all involved.

Mr & Mrs Hexter

April 2021

I just wish to commend the engineers who attended the work. Although I didn’t get their names they were both friendly, hard working and professional. Explaining things as they went. A credit to the company.

April 2021

I wanted to mention Charlotte & Will who came to our rescue on Saturday.

Charlotte kindly gave as detailed advice as she could over the phone & Will

solved the problem when he visited – clearly explaining what he was doing.

We were able to continue on our way.

Terrific service. Very grateful.

Best regards, David


April 2021

I do hope you don’t mind me e-mailing but as the manager director of RCR I just wanted to thank you for the excellent service that we received from RCR last week.

On Friday 2nd April 2021 we had our first scheduled service from RCR for our narrowboat Misty Dawn as part of our Gold Membership package. The service was carried out by your engineer Jake and I just wanted to say what a thoroughly professional and friendly person we found him to be. Not only was he punctual, extremely competent and very knowledgeable, (he found a small fuel leak very quickly and sorted the problem very effectively),  but he was also more than happy to answer any number of daft questions from me about our engine and explain what he was doing, and I now feel a lot more knowledgeable about our big scary Beta 43!. I don’t think we could have had a better experience for our first service from you, including the rebooking of the service due to the lockdown by Abbie, who has always been extremely friendly and efficient when I have spoken to her.

Thank you for your excellent service, particularly in these difficult times, and we will be more than happy to recommend RCR to our fellow boaters

Yours sincerely

Mr Low

February 2021

Just to let you know your engineer has been out and solved the problem. Its the second time we have had the engineer once for the service and again today he was again excellent. Hes a real credit to your organisation.

January 2021

Just a quick email to say what great service today from RCR when I rang up to book an engine service. The woman I spoke to could not have been more helpful and friendly and was very friendly and was very efficient and knowledgeable. I always find dealing with RCR a pleasure. Thank you


November 2020

I just want to say how pleased I am with the service I have received from River Canal Rescue. I have had to call you out for breakdowns twice recently and both times I was dealt with speedily and effectively – within 2 hours of me calling.

Dylan attended both times and he has been really helpful, patient and informative. I only joined in February this year, taking out the lowest cover and I am considering upgrading. I am a continuous cruiser with no home mooring and I like the idea of regular servicing and inspections with a view to preventative maintenance wherever I am on the system. It would also be nice to be able to ring up for advice if needed and I understand it is possible to have plumbing and electrical work done.

Warm Regards,

Mr Tetlow