Ollie Owl - Electric Hybrid - 58.6 ft - sleeps 5

New to Cafwin Cruises for 2022, our eco-friendly green electric/diesel hybrid 58 ft narrowboat, Ollie Owl.

Right from the concept of Cafwin Cruises, we wanted to make our narrowboats as green and eco-friendly as possible, but, at the time, affording an actual Electric Hybrid boat was not possible for us.  However, we are now thrilled to announce that for the 2022 season, we will be adding an absolutely stunning  Ortomarine 58.6 ft Narrowboat ready for our discerning guests to hire (we believe that we might be the first Hire Company in England to do so).  Imagine cruising in near silence, with almost zero emissions, at one with nature – that is the Ortomarine experience which will now be shared by our eco-friendly guests.  In our new Serial Hybrid Narrowboat, there will be a single electric engine to drive the propshaft, but as the batteries start to get low, a small, quiet and efficient diesel generator will automatically kick in and recharge the batteries as you cruise along.  A solar set-up of 10 roof mounted semi-flexible solar panels means that on those long summer days you might not even need the use of the diesel generator.  However, the flexibility of having the generator back-up means that you are not confined to having to find an electric hook up each night to re-charge your batteries and you will have the flexibility to moor up anywhere you choose on route. 

Our Electric-Hybrid Narrowboat
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Stunning Boat Design – for Five Folks

As you can see from our pictures, Ollie Owl boasts a modern fresh feel with a colour scheme that is bright and jazzy, as befits a contemporary and very current electric hybrid vessel.  Further below you can see the layout of Ollie Owl, which has been designed to provide as much luxurious living space as possible, with the bonus of French Windows leading to the bow which will be fitted with a picnic table and seating for summer al fresco dining.  Designed for couples, or families and friends to travel together, Ollie Owl is fitted with a cosy double bedroom, containing a permanent bed with masses of storage underneath, fitted with a superior luxury memory foam mattress.  for guests 3, 4 & 5, the dinette and living room settee area make up into an equally comfortable double and single bed sleeping area with all guests easily able to access the Jack and Jill bathroom.   Guests will experience the same creature comforts you would expect in a quaint Boutique Hotel, but with the added fun of being able to wake up somewhere new every day.  After you’ve battened down the hatches for the night, snuggle up in the evenings on your large sofa and read a book, watch family films, play games, or listen to soft music. It sounds like bliss to us! 

Boat Specification with all Modern Amenities

At over 58″ long x 6’ 10” wide, Ollie Owl is a boat designed for comfort, romance and family adventure.  We cannot emphasise enough just how exceptionally high spec Ollie Owl is.  Ortomarine, as one of the UK’s leading electric hybrid narrowboat builders, are well known for the quality of their work, their innovation and style, as well as their goal to build environmentally friendly boats that significantly reduce the carbon footprint of their vessels.  As a result, Ollie Owl will provide our guests with the “greenest” narrowboat that current technologies allow, without  compromising on reliability or comfort.  In addition to being the greenest holiday hire boat on English waters, you won’t be surprised to hear that Ollie Owl is also fitted with lots of other wonderful extras:

  • The  very latest Vetus Bow thrusters which will help enormously when it comes to easy manoeuvrability of this top of the range narrowboat.
  • A beautiful rainfall shower.
  • An integral washing machine for those guests wishing to holiday for a bit longer.
  • All-electric propulsion for near-silent cruising combined with an efficient onboard generator, plus 1.6kW of solar power to enable recharging of the high capacity battery bank, without the need to connect to shore power. 
  • We are hoping to run the diesel generator exclusively on HVO fuel which eliminates up to 90% of net CO2 emissions and significantly reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx), particulate matter (PM) and carbon monoxide (CO).

  • Unlimited free WiFi.

  • Bose speaker and ROKU Freeview TV system and many more things besides…

Creature Comforts

On arrival at Droitwich Spa Marina, you will find Ollie Owl, a beautiful semi-traditional narrowboat, finished in shiny mid-grey with deep ruby red external peripheries.  You will access your holiday home from the capacious stern (that will comfortably seat 4) entering into a bright and inviting interior, decked with the best quality Karndean mid-oak Lifestyle Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring.  This boat is sunny and bright, reflecting your holiday spirit, and sparkles with brilliant white walls mellowed with accented jazzy colours of reds, purples, yellows and blues.   Designer features abound with Maxtop Black Onyx Sparkle Quartz worktops, slate grey radiators, a rainfall shower, comfortable soft furnishings, as well as ambient mood lighting twinkling from the gunwale. 

 

 On your holiday, you’ll be able to enter from either the stern or the bow of Ollie Owl making access particularly easy for larger parties and allowing for different external private areas where guests can sit and enjoy the tranquil waterways in peace and solitude.  The kitchen is modern with a full cooker/oven/grill and separate microwave.  There is a full sized fridge and a large discretely hidden box freezer.  Use the convenient full flush toilet system and after a day filled with fun refresh under the hot rainfall shower, drying off with fluffy fresh towels kept warm on the heated towel rails. Relax in your soft courtesy dressing gown & spa slippers, dry and style your hair with the provided hairdryer and straighteners, knowing dinner will soon be on the table.

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Cosy from the shower you can snuggle up on the large sofa with your feet resting on the large footstool which also provides extra storage space.  Catch up on your mail courtesy of the free unlimited Wi-Fi; listen to the radio, or your own music streamed into the boat from the Bluetooth BOSE speaker; recharge your electronics with multi-USB Charging Points whilst watching a romantic film on the flat-screen TV/DVD with Freeview and a BEKO TV Stick allowing you access to any Amazon Prime or Netflix accounts you may hold.

Relax with a cup of complimentary tea or freshly brewed coffee from the cafetiere.  Enjoy a refreshing G&T with your mixers kept cool in the full-sized fridge. Eat at the roomy dinette without having to erect and dismantle tables or crouch having to eat awkwardly from the couch.  When it comes to washing-up use the provided Eco-friendly washing up liquid and other cleaning materials on board for your ease. 

Come bedtime, nestle yourself in your beds with your personal choice of pillow and soft throws for those extra cool nights. Enjoy the velvetiness of Egyptian cotton bedding and read your book lit by soft night lights. Drink cocoa and charge your phone and know that you will wake up refreshed to start your cruising adventures again the following day.

Come Rain or Shine

Whilst cruising down the beautiful canals, relish sitting in comfort opposite the Helmsman in cushion clad seating.  When you come to moor up, eat alfresco at the bow of Ollie Owl courtesy of the picnic table and parasol.  We hope the sun shines for you daily, but, let’s face it, we live in England, so if it’s raining, we’ve provided you ‘Military 1st’ high quality Wet Weather Ponchos to help keep you dry and snug.  

A Virtual Tour Around Arthur Owl

We are still waiting to film Ollie Owl so that we can provide you with a full walk-through virtual tour.  In the meantime, remind yourself of how Arthur Owl looks and know that you can have equal confidence in booking Ollie Owl for your holiday.  The pictures really don’t do Arthur Owl justice nor the standard of décor; the facilities and provisions need to be seen to be believed. Please do check out our testimonials page and read the wonderful reviews. If ever you are passing Droitwich Spa, and our boats are around, then we’d be happy to let you have a look inside so that you can see for yourself just how special our boats are.  Proof that we got things right with Arthur Owl, has not only been the 5* reviews, but also the amount of repeat bookings by our lovely guests – some even for a second holiday the same year. 

We hope to see you soon

If you’ve been inspired by the pictures and what you have read, why not contact us soonest to book your week long cruise ….. or even longer.  We can’t wait to welcome you to the immaculate Droitwich Spa Marina and introduce you to our boats. 

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