In anticipation for re-opening we wanted to give our guests an idea of what a public trip might look like, below we have outlined steps we will take to ensure we are “Covid compliant”. As government guidelines are ever changing we will update our measures accordingly, if required.

To date we have not been given a date to re-open but we are hoping it will not be far off so please keep an eye on this page.

On top of our strict cleaning policy, the boat will receive a deep clean after each trip and before the first trip of the day. We ask that all guests use the provided hand sanitiser before boarding, including those wearing gloves. Hand sanitiser will be available throughout all trips, free of charge.

To comply with social distancing, we have divided the Southern Comfort into 11 numbered Bays; marked out with safety tape and reduced our overall capacity. It is highly recommended that you book in advance by calling the office 01692 630262. When booking you can select (subject to availability) or will be allocated a Bay. Customers who arrive on the day for a trip will be assigned a Bay upon boarding, subject to availability.

For Bay numbers, Bay location and capacity please refer to the key and diagram of the boat at the bottom of this page .

When booking a trip, you will be asked for two forms of contact i.e. phone and email address this is to help with track and trace. Guests who arrive on the day for a trip will be asked for the same information prior to boarding.

Guests must wear face masks when seated indoors. Staff will always be wearing face masks, apart from the skipper who will be isolated whilst driving and giving commentary, but will wear a mask at all other times.

For your safety and the safety of others, once boarded please head directly to your Bay. During the trip we ask that you remain seated in your Bays except to use the toilets. You will notice that stairways to and from the upper deck are now one way and we ask that you use the stairs as marked out.

We have introduced contactless payment, however there are a few poor-spots on the riverways, if for any reason we have been unable to collect payment a member of staff will complete your transaction once a signal has returned. Please use this service as much as possible, although we will still accept cash if necessary.

We will now be operating table service to avoid crowding at the bar, once the trip is underway a member of staff will come round to offer refreshments.

Once the trip has finished and the boat has moored up please remain seated and the skipper will call out a Bay at a time to disembark. Once you have left the Southern Comfort, we ask you kindly to move away and not to congregate around the exit.

Friendly note …

If you, or any of your household or “bubble” are at all unwell please stay at home and join us when you are better. In addition, we want to do everything we can to make your trip enjoyable and comfortable, however we are not able to control the weather – yet! So, we advise you to check the local weather before you come and bring a raincoat /brolly if there is a chance of rain, so you do not get too wet if seated outside.

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide if you have any questions
please call the office on 01692 630262.

Key and Diagram for Bay Seating 

Lower Deck Image 1

Bay Number


Capacity Persons


Inside right 6


Inside left


3 Outside front


Upper Deck Image 2

Bay Number

Location   Capacity Persons


Outside right



Outside left



Inside first on the right



Inside first on the left



Inside second on the right



Inside second on the left



Front right (covered area)


11 Front left (covered area)


Image 1                                                                                          Image 2