Shannon River experience with Rentourboat
River Shannon holiday with Rentourboat.ie My wife and I had our first trip on the Shannon 39 years ago and I still remember all the towns we visited during that trip, but this latest adventure beat that trip and all the other rental cruises by nautical miles! Why? The easy handling of the Gadget with a bow thruster, the comfort on board for four of us, with all the features we needed, the outstanding customer service from Sue and her team who helped us, from the first contact with Sue by e-mail, to subsequent texts requesting more details about using CPAP’s on board. All was taken care of. Of course the Shannon is a treat to travel on and the wonderful towns, restaurants and pubs call us back each year. This time, with friends who had never cruised the Shannon, finding a boat that everyone would find safe and easy to crew was a priority, especially for people who have stiff knees! The Gadget was perfect. The videos that rentourboat.ie has posted on social media, plus the great reviews on its webpage and Facebook make it easy to choose this company.
Great customer service! When I e-mailed Sue, she wrote back while she was on holidays on the continent! Wow! I had concerns about the use of CPAP machines on board, she went above and beyond to help us, even installing new 12 Volt plugs in the front cabin of the Gadget to give more access for phone charging, and CPAP connections. One unit ran directly off the 12 Volt adapters but the second unit needed the use of a 300Watt pure sine wave inverter we had brought with us. These inverters can drain the batteries but everything worked perfectly.
The Gadget was perfect!
In all the years of renting boats, the Gadget was the smoothest to handle from both steering positions, and it was the most comfortable with a terrific heating system on board as the night’s got cooler. We re-visited our favorite marina’s and discovered Dromod and Cox’s steakhouse (OMG the steaks!) but I’m not about to give away all our secrets now! On the next visit to Ireland, I’ll be planning my Shannon trip around when The Gadget is available. Final note, at the time of our rental in September, the Tara Marina restaurant was just getting its sea legs (so to speak) with Seán at the helm. He is a First class chef and owner, with a great location and superb food and somebody there pulls a great pint, boy would I like to live around there, I’d be there every second night! Now since travelling the Shannon is about the beauty of the waterways, the complete relaxation of your time on the boat, maybe you do not want to rush off on the first day, instead spend the night in the marina, eat at that restaurant and head off first thing in the morning. But please do enjoy the time on the waterways.
Bob & Ann Smith
Definitely a 5 star recommendation!
Definitely a 5 star recommendation!
We’re just back after spending a week on Tranquility. I have to say this was one of the best holidays I’ve ever had. I would definitely recommend rentourboat.ie to all my friends and family. We will definitely be back. Thanks to Sue and all at rentourboat.ie
Dear Sue and Steve,Thank you
Dear Sue and Steve,
Thank you so much for introducing us to boating on the Shannon! No Fixed Abode was the perfect boat for 2 novices, and we had a lovely holiday exploring the towns and harbours along the upper Shannon. Your personal touches in introducing us to the boat and how it works, your flexibility and genuine interest in helping us make the most of our holiday was much appreciated.
We will be back another year!
Jenni and Kevin
Thank you so much, Sue
Thank you so much, Sue and Steve. The three days on No Fixed Abode were the highlight of my trip to Ireland. My sons and I thoroughly enjoyed cruising down the Shannon, savouring one delicious meal after another, exploring Ireland from a completely unique perspective, and finally slowing down and just being with one another. Thank you so much, Sue, for finding a guitar for Jack – that was amazing. Steve, your early morning delivery of Daniel to the train station saved the day! We had such a good time working our way down to Rooskey and back. We thought the lock would be frightening, but everything soon became so easy (and the charming lockkeeper, Turlock, made it so much fun). I cannot recommend this company enough – from the first contact, everything was made easy for us. Steve and Sue, your warmth and care made this a very memorable trip, indeed. Thank you again!
No Fixed Abode was a most comfortable vessel and very easy for two complete sailing novices like ourselves
During September 2018 my brother and myself spent a wonderful relaxing week on No Fixed Abode meandering up and down the Shannon. We left the beautiful marina at Knockvicar (following expert tuition from Sue and Steve)) and sailed straight for Dromod…there we were treated royally for what must be the best steaks in Ireland….Shanahans included…! The following day we sailed to the scenic Termonbarry for lunch overnighting again in Dromod for convenience.
While in total over these two days we sailed for nearly 9 hours, No Fixed Abode was a most comfortable vessel and very easy for two complete sailing novices like ourselves – she handled very well through the narrow locks and with the bow thrusters we were soon able to turn on a penny….albeit an old fashioned big penny. We initially thought that Dromod harbour would be a difficult challenge, however the boat soon became an extension of ourselves. Accommodation for the two of us was palatial as being a 33ft boat capable of sleeping 5 or 6 people we had loads of room to spare. There were plenty of room for fishing from the stern which felt very safe at all times. We then slowly passed along the canal to Ballinamore passing the most magnificent scenery along the way…and while the locks was mostly automatic, there was always a lock keeper from Waterways Ireland close to hand to assist if requested. In total we sailed for approx. 35 hours during our week along the Shannon in all aspects of weather and the boats saw us safely through every challenge.
I would highly recommend a holiday renting a boat from rentourboat.ie even if only to experience the most professional and courteous service / support from this private company along with very powerful and comfortable boats. I look forward to renting another boat from Sue and Steve in the very near future.
From the first contact everything was seamless, professional and friendly.
This is the second time we have booked with Sue. From the first contact everything was seamless, professional and friendly. We had such an amazing week , with all the home comforts on the boat. Sue had even made such improvements since we stayed on the previous trip and that was perfect. We now had cosy cushions and lovely fluffy blankets to lie out on deck. The kitchen is so well equipped we even cooked a full Sunday roast with all the trimmings. The trip down the river was so relaxing hard to explain, just perfect in every way. We will definitely be back next year ! Thanks guys Gail, Alec and Ciara.
Your boat and kind attention to us made our trip easy
Hi Sue and Steve,
We just wanted to send a note to thank you for the wonderful time we had on Tranquility last month. Despite the Atlantic storm grounding us at Carrick on Shannon for 3 days, we had a great trip on the river and on your boat!
Your boat and kind attention to us made our trip easy, and we were reassured that should we need help, you were there for us.
Tranquility was very comfortable and accommodating and felt like home for our week on the river.
Due the storm, we didn’t get to see as much of the Shannon as we would have liked. However, that will prompt us to return some day and see more. You and the other kind and friendly folks from Ireland made our time so very enjoyable. We had some great conversations and got pretty familiar with the folks at the Bakery in Carrick on Shannon. It was a nice respite from our American routine and culture, and Ireland is such a beautiful country!
We would highly recommend Tranquility and your service, especially as a small family owned business with your personal attention.
A very relaxing holiday and we will be definitely back.
Myself and my partner spent 5 fantastic nights on “No Fixed Abode “last week, to explore the Shannon is a must for everyone, so many tourists from all over the globe we Irish are spoilt with this amazing river and our beautiful country side. A big thank you to Sue and Steve for all their help and training. A very relaxing holiday and we will be definitely back. 5 Stars all round.
I’ve wanted to do this for a long long time and I can’t recommend it enough
We spent four awesome chillout days boating through the Shannon waterways in Roscommon & Leitrim March 2018. No fixed abode is an excellent cruiser in great condition and very comfortable to stay onboard. Sue and Carl did an excellent job in teaching us how to use the boat and went through all of the features in depth. We cruised through a vast section of the region taking in overnight stops at Carrick-on-Shannon, Dromod & Leitrim Village. I’ve wanted to do this for a long long time and I can’t recommend it enough – there is so much to explore at your own pace and you get to see Ireland from an unique perspective. Definitely give it a try!
One of the highlights of the year was our two weeks stay at your boat “No fixed abode”
Dear Sue, now we are at the end of the year 2017 and we are looking back. One of the highlights of the year was our two weeks stay at your boat “No fixed abode”. We travelled to the Erne and had a wonderful time on this lovely boat. Thank you very much – also for the kind transfer from and to the station (a perfect service).
Merry Christmas and all the best for 2018
Kind regards from Germany
We had the best three days. In fact it was the highlight of our trip around Ireland.
Our sister in law came to stay with us from Australia. We decided to do something different and elected a boat cruise on The Shannon. Sue and Steve were most helpful with their advice, but also making themselves available by phone in case we got into strife. We had the best three days. In fact it was the highlight of our trip around Ireland. No Fixed Abode, was perfect. As novices to this activity, with the advice given by Sue and Steve. it made our trip so enjoyable. We would have no hesitation in recommending this well run family business. Sue and Steve, we thank you very much, and hope to see you again next year x
Will definitely book with you again. Thanks for a great time.
We had a great time on Tranquility and Sue and her husband couldn’t have been more helpful and the boat was equipped with everything you could need. Will definitely book with you again. Thanks for a great time.
We really enjoyed the week and will be definitely be back
We hired tranquility 6 berth boat in July 2017 from Sue and David .. we can’t thank them enough … we really enjoyed the week and will be definitely be back…. Thanks again. Everything thing was was on board and they were so helpful…
The service we got from the minute we arrived until we left was outstanding
We hired the tranquility for 3 nights in may as part off my husbands 40th birthday present what an amazing experience. The service we got from the minute we arrived until we left was outstanding couldn’t recommend this company enough in our group there was 2 couples and one couple had to leave on the Sunday and to save us sailing back up Dave came and picked them up from where we were docked. The boat was spotless clean and nothing seemed to be a problem best holiday ever and we can’t wait to do it again.
The boat had everything we needed to make out holiday run smoothly, I am looking forward to coming again
Thanks for a great experience on ! no fixed abode ! last week 2/7/16 my wife and I had a great holiday. The boat was everything we wanted at a fair price, easy to manage after your tutorial. The fishing experience was brilliant and I loved your on board fish finder great help, your staff are very professional ,helpful, and courteous. The boat had everything we needed to make out holiday run smoothly, I am looking forward to coming again, and thanks for setting me up with the dinghy.
Thank you all
It had been 20 years since I was last on the Shannon and I forgot how beautiful it was. I feel certain we will be back!
I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip on Tranquillity. Before the trip Catherine, my wife, was a confirmed landlubber and wouldn’t go near a boat. She absolutely loved the whole experience: boat, the Shannon, the wildlife, the serenity. She even enjoyed living on the boat and couldn’t get over the fact that we had a shower each! She found handling the boat very easy once she realised it steers like a car. It had been 20 years since I was last on the Shannon and I forgot how beautiful it was. I feel certain we will be back!
We have been hiring boats on the Shannon for more years than we care to mention and we can honestly say this was by far our best experience yet.
June and I would just like to thank you for making our holiday so enjoyable . Despite the weather being so bad the service we received was way beyond anything we have ever experienced with any boat hire company. We have been hiring boats on the Shannon for more years than we care to mention and we can honestly say this was by far our best experience yet. The amount of time you spent showing us the boat suggesting places to see and recommending eateries and watering holes (and places to avoid) was just great. I know you are considering retiring but we hope you don’t as we are already planning our holiday for 2017 and we will be returning to Tranquility and hope to see you still at the Helm
The boat was spotless when we arrived, better equipped than most rental houses, and fun and easy to control
We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the week we had on “No Fixed Abode”. The boat was spotless when we arrived, better equipped than most rental houses, and fun and easy to control, once we got the hang of it. It was also good to know that you were on hand should anything go awry on us.
I would thoroughly recommend your boat to anyone thinking about a cruise on the Shannon, and the boys ( 9 and 12) loved it. You even managed to organise half decent weather for us!!
I can honestly say it was the most relaxing weeks holiday we have ever had
Everything was perfect, including your tutorial, and I can honestly say it was the most relaxing weeks holiday we have ever had.
Most enjoyable and relaxing weekend spent aboard No Fixed Abode
I would like to thank both Liam and yourself for all your help in making our weekend spent aboard No Fixed Abode most enjoyable and relaxing.
We would not have got the same level of service from the bigger boat rental companies
We would not have got the same level of service from the bigger boat rental companies and we were extremely grateful for the help and support the owner gave us on our first cruise.
Sean Toner and family
We had previously hired from the big rental companies Emerald star & Carrickcraft.We found them to be inflexible, expensive & their boats were quite clinical. David was flexible & suited our timetable.
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