1Boat Hire Cost and Availability?
Our boats operate from mid-March to the end of October. We offer hires from 3 nights upwards. In July and August bookings are normally weekly hires, but we may have some flexibility.
2What do I need to bring?
All bedding, linen, towels, cutlery, cooking utensils and crockery are provided. (You may want to bring extra towels if you intend to swim) We supply cleaning materials, cloths and toilet rolls and a basic first aid kit. Rubber soled/ non slip shoes are advisable, and gloves for rope handling can be useful. You will need your own personal items, waterproof/windproof warm clothes and groceries. Sunglasses and suncream can also be needed! We can provide a food shopping service to stock the boat ready for your arrival on request.
3Can I drink the water? Will I have to put water in my boat?
We recommend either bringing bottled water or boiling the onboard water for drinking. Your boat is supplied full of water which will last 2 to 5 days depending on the size of your group. You can refill at most jetties and there is no charge for water.
4What are the pick up and return times?
The boat is available from 15:00pm on day of arrival and must be returned by 10:00am on day of departure.
5Do I need experience to have a holiday on a boat?
You don’t need a licence to drive a cruiser and no experience is necessary. Our boats require 2 able bodied crew to comfortably and safely operate. When you arrive you will be given a full demonstration of all equipment on the cruiser and a trial run to ensure you are happy driving and mooring the boat. If you have any queries we will make sure they are answered. You will also be given a handbook providing useful information, instructions on operating your cruiser and reminders of safe navigation. This handbook will also be available to download before your holiday.
6Will I have to operate locks? Do I have to pay?
The Shannon system has 6 manned locks, whilst the 16 on the Shannon Erne system are automated and you operate these by pressing buttons. The first and last of these are manned and the lock keeper will advise you if you need it. Passage per lock is currently €1.50. The procedures for entering and leaving are the same for all locks, and locking can be very sociable and great fun. We will go over this in training, and once you have navigated one lock you will see how simple it is.
7Where can I moor and how much does it cost?
Our region has public jetties in many towns and villages along the Shannon, all are free and have water taps. There are a few private marinas who will charge per night if you decide to use them and some riverside restaurants have free overnight moorings for visitors using their restaurant. There are some moorings along the river which have only a mooring bollard, a tap and maybe a picnic bench, if you are searching for the ultimate peace and quiet. These are clearly marked on the navigation charts.
8Can I fish on my holiday?
The Shannon is famous for its fishing which can be undertaken free of charge without the need for a fishing licence. (See fishing section for more details).
9Do we get Lifejackets?
Lifejacket are available on board the boat and their use will be demonstrated on your arrival.
10What washing facilities are available on the boats?
The boats have hot running water, and one or two shower and toilets, depending on the boat.
11Can I charge my phone?
Our boats all have USB ports for mobile phone charging.
12How much will fuel cost?
Your boat is supplied with a full tank of diesel and you pay for the fuel you use, our boats use 5 litres an hour. This is calculated as an hourly running cost and includes the cost for diesel, gas and engine wear and tear: a meter on board records your running hours which you can keep a check on yourself. You pay this at the end of your trip.
13Can we bring pets?
Sorry, our boats are upholstered and so no pets are allowed on board.
14Is there a fridge on my cruiser?
Yes but please note these are smaller than your fridge at home and are not designed to store frozen food.
15Is there heating on my cruiser?
Yes – there is an onboard hot air heating system.
16How far can I travel in a day?
There is a general speed limit of 5 knots when travelling along the rivers and canals so your average speed is going to be less than this. You should work out your itinerary in advance to ensure you have a comfortable mooring for the night. The navigation charts show a calculated length of time it takes from place to place. Advice on this will be provided when you come on board. Cruising at night is not allowed or insured.