Hire a boat on the Göta Canal and the Kinda Kanal – what´s good to know


You can book directly on this website by clicking here or by calling +46 70 54 69 169.

When you book a boat you accept the general conditions.  30% of the amount is to be paid at the time of the reservation. The remaining amount is to be paid no later than 40 days before the rental period begins. Complete rental terms can be found here.

Rental period

Unless otherwise stated, the rental of the boats are Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday. The times for handover the boats are mornings in Söderköping end afternoon in Sjötorp.


After your reservation you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address you have specified, when it is 50 days until your rental period starts you will get an reminder to pay the remaining amount.

Always make sure that you get a booking confirmation and it`s match your preferences. If you have not received a booking confirmation to your email within 24 hours, please contact us!

Gota Kanal Charter has the ambition to make you trip on the canal and Kinda canal to a fantastic and memorable experience!

Don`t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

You can do that on: boka@kanalcharter.se or call +46 70 54 69 169


Your trip on the Göta Canal is coming closer. It´s time to order option/extra.

Please fill in the form either you want any options or not. All prices includes VAT. Click here to choose options.

Click for the option list in pdf format.


When you book, you pay 30% of the rental amount including channel fee and options. The easiest way for you is to pay by credit card at the end of your online reservation. If you wish to pay by swift, please contact us.

Find us




Slussvägen, near by “Sjötorps Upplevelsecenter”


Motala hamn

Parking, car transport

For those who arrive by car and have booked a return trip we will appoint parking. If you wish to get the car moved from one place to another we will arrange that for a fee. You order the car along with other possible options. Click here to go to the page for options.

Airports, trains and buses

Recent airports are Landvetter (Gothenburg), Stockholm Skavsta (Nyköping), Stockholm Arlanda and Linköping Airport (KLM from Shiphol, Amsterdam).


We can arrange transfer from a number of rail and bus stations, contact us for more information.

See our options.

General conditions

Click here for complete rental conditions in pdf format.

After completing the booking will be sent a confirmation to the registered email address. Check carefully that the booking confirmation is consistent with your wishes. If you have not received a booking confirmation within 4 hours of booking, please contact us!


Registration fee of 30% of the total amount will be the Göta Kanal Charter provided at the time of the reservation. The reservation is binding only when the fee is paid.

Final payment, is the remaining 70% as well as any additional options should be paid no later than 40 days before the rental period start. When selecting a refundable deposit, this is to be paid on arrival, in cash or via Swish.

If the final payment is delayed you will be charged a late fee of 200 SEK. If we have not received the final payment 30 days before the first day of rental, the boat will be canceled and released to an other guest. The registration fee credited Gota Kanal Charter.

For reservations closer to the rental start then 40 days, the full amount is to be paid at the time of reservation.

Cancellation Terms

Cancellation of booked boat must be in writing by e-mail boka@kanalcharter.se. Always make sure you get a confirmation of your cancellation within 48 hours.

Up until the fee is paid is free cancellation, ie no cost will be charged if you decide to cancel a booked boat.

In case of cancellation earlier than 30 days before the first rental day lost the paid registration fee but no other expenses charged.

If canceled later than 30 days before the first rental day will be charged the full rent. Ev deposit will be refunded in full.


When changing the existing reservation, such as switching to another week off, another lease length, or the like, based on a re-booking fee of 400 SEK. Rebooking fee is billed along with the final payment. When the final payment is made, ie, 40 days before departure, the change of reservation can not be made.

Experience, deposit and insurance

The only thing you can’t get away from when you hire a boat is the responsibility. You are the one that has responsibility for seeing to it that the boat is handled safely and with good seamanship. You have responsibility for your passengers’ safety. Responsibility for ensuring that the boat you steer and other boats around you are not damaged. Experience and competence For this reason we require that you can show that you have some kind of nautical competence and experience, where documented or proven experience counts more than a piece of paper that shows you have taken part in a course. The requirements can differ from boat to boat and also vary depending on which water the sailing trip takes place on.


As well as the hire sum, the hire boat owner also requires that you pay a deposit in the form of cash or that the sum is paid into the appropriate bank account before the hiring period commences. The size of the deposit varies from boat to boat and is roughly equivalent to the insurance excess in the event of damage. The deposit can be forfeited, partly or completely, by you if damage occurs. If there is a lot of damage the deposit is used to pay the insurance excess. For less damage to the hull, fittings, equipment etc the damage is valued in accordance with a template or a ‘price list’ drawn up in advance and the equivalent sum is deducted from the deposit before it is paid back.


Our boats are equipped with lifejackets in size L (if you need other sizes contact us, we have a small number of uneven lifejackets, otherwise we recommend you to bring it by your self) we have first aid kit onboard. The boats have navigation equipment as GPS plotter and al necessary charts for traveling the canal.

The most common rout is Sjötorp- Söderköping or reverse in 7 or 14 days. You have enough time for wait one or two days if its bad weather, most of all when you cross the lake Vättern which is the most critical on your rout. If you feel insecure don’t hesitate to contact us, we find a solution.

Most important of all is your safety. Nothing is more important than your safety.


Göta Canal runs between the classic ship-building town of Sjötorp on the shores of Lake Vänern and the village of Mem on the Baltic Sea creek of Slätbaken, one of the innermost waterways on the Swedish east coast. GÖTA CANAL CHARTER OFFERS one or more weeks of adventurous holiday on a rented family boat, either one of its own craft or one rented from a private owner. We do however have two requirements, that you have at least an inshore yacht master’s diploma and/or certified experience of seamanship and navigation. A knowledge of manoeuvring in harbours and narrow waters is necessary and the inland lakes of Roxen, Boren, Vättern, and Viken, which are included in the canal route, require some considerable experience of navigation.

THE COMMONEST TRIP IS A ONE-WAY JOURNEY along the complete canal Sjötorp-Söderköping, or in the opposite direction. The journey comprises 185 km and includes 52 locks. A week is quite sufficient and allows one or two days for longer stops or a little detour in Lake Vättern or into the Kinda Canal. However, many people choose a 14 day trip to give more time for experiencing all the interesting things along the canal without hurrying. To make things easier for you, we can also make arrangements at extra charge to have your car moved to your destination so you do not need to worry about return transport. During the peak season (weeks 24-34) the changeover day is Saturdays and during the early and late seasons it is Sunday.

EXTREMELY PICTURESQUE, EASY TO NAVIGATE, AND RELAXING characterise the return journey. Sjötorp-Karlsborg-Sjötorp – the western route. You do not need to think about car transport and you can decide whether or not to include a detour on Lake Vättern, depending on the weather forecast. One week is a suitable period, which will give you time to acquaint yourself with places like Lyrestad, Töreboda, and Vassbacken, the beautiful Lake Viken, and Forsvik with its unique industrial history.

THE EASTERN STRETCH OF THE GÖTA CANAL – east route – is also the most eventful part. Here is also an opportunity to acquaint yourself with the beautiful, exciting, and historical Kinda Canal. You can choose from a selection of different combinations depending on the type of boat: Söderköping-Linköping (Kinda Canal)-Söderköping; Söderköping – Motala – Söderköping Kinda. To make it easier for you to choose a journey that suits you, we recommend that you read the information available about the Göta Canal and the Kinda Canal. You can order brochures directly from us or from the following websites:
 www.gotakanal.se and www.kindakanal.se


We’ve collected information on lockage here. Read our about lockage or see a video on how our locks work.

And don’t worry – of course you can ask our lock keepers for instructions on site!

Skipper`s Guide

Göta Kanal Map