Engineer for the day gift experience

Gondola engineer

Roll up your sleeves and join the crew for a hands-on, one-to-one full day experience. You’ll spend time up on the helm as well as in the engine room of our magnificent, rebuilt, Victorian steam boat.

An unusual steam footplate experience in the heart of the Lake District

This is a truly unique package which is tailor-made for one person. We’ll kit you out with a Steam Yacht Gondola branded set of overalls (so you don’t get those rolled-up sleeves dirty) and show you how to work old-fashioned steam technology.

From the moment you arrive until the minute you leave, you can choose to be as involved with the many and varied aspects of crewing Gondola as you wish. You’ll learn all sorts of fascinating things about what it takes to run the boat from our friendly, knowledgeable crew.

At lunch time we'll provide you with a delicious packed lunch from the Blubird Cafe and tea or coffee from the steam-powered 'Windermere Kettle', and then you can do as the crew do - take a seat on the outer decks or in the indoor saloons and join in the boating conversation.

In addition, your gift includes a complimentary ticket for one person to join you on one of the scheduled cruises on the day so that your nearest and dearest can get souvenir photos that'll you'll treasure forever. 

" I had a thoroughly enjoyable day – Julian, Paul and the rest of the crew made me feel most welcome from the moment I arrived until the end of the day with their friendly, relaxed approach. Their enthusiasm, knowledge and professionalism is a credit to the NT."
- James

Highlights of the day

During your trip you will:

  • have one-to-one experiences with the crew members
  • learn to light the boiler and raise steam
  • feed the firebox with our environmentally friendly fuel logs, take on water and tend the engine
  • learn how to tie up the boat at the jetty and set up the passenger gangway
  • try your hand at helming in the stunning surroundings of Coniston Water
  • discover the history of the boat and learn how she was resurrected from the depths of Coniston Water
  • invite a friend to join you on board for one of the day's sailings  - a chance to get those all important photographs of the Engineer in action.

You’ll leave as an ‘honorary member’ of the crew with your Steam Yacht Gondola overalls as a memento of your fabulous day with us, along with a complimentary guidebook and Steam Yacht Gondola engineer’s mug.

Whether it’s a treat for yourself or a present for someone special, ‘Engineer for the Day’ is an experience to treasure.

Cost and booking

The day's package is £320 for one person.

Alternatively, email us for more information and a booking form.

Note: We only run one engineer experience on any one day, so our focus will be entirely on you - you won't have to share with anyone else.