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Jul-10-2005 @ 10:39 AM                           Permalink
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I'd be interested in your views. Here are my initial thoughts about a possible charter package. Do you have any ideas. The boats concerned would be old style AF42's possibly fitted with Bow thrusters if I am able to find any which don't deafen you Warm air heatingwould be from an Airtop 5000 fitted to blow forced air in the summer.

Thanks for the various P.M. and e-mails during the day an updated spec will appear at the end of this thread any more suggestions would be appreciated

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Bill,

It sounds like something that might be of interest to firms for corporate days out.  I guess you would then be competing with the likes of the Mississipi riverboat at Horning.  On this basis, might be worth some local advertising.

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Jul-10-2005 @ 1:35 PM                           Permalink
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What a hard question to answer... and this is probably the wrong place to get it answered, since we are all more interested in doing it ourselves.

One factor to consider is geography - it's not just a question of whether people might want the service.. there's the issue of where those people are, and how close they are (I'm thinking that maybe there is a bigger market for this sort of thing on the Thames or Solent.)

Would it be worth talking to the Albion folks - I think they're offering something that has similarities, though not in direct competition.

Would it be worth talking to some hotels, or the owners of any large self-catering accomodation, to see if their customers might be interested.

I wonder if there's some sort of "corporate events" forum (or company that organizes them, who might have an opinion on the viability.)

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Charter craft

Broadland Riverine plans to offer the opportunity to charter a 42-foot motor cruiser for a day party of up to 11 people. The boat comes complete with a skipper. Tuition on handling the boat can be included free of charge if desired. Charters would normally start at 10.am with a return around 4.30pm.

Cruises could take you to lunch at Rockland St. Mary or the Waveney River Centre, or if you wish to eat on board whilst underway the range under normal circumstances is extended to towards Norwich, Oulton Broad or Beccles.

Full cooking facilities and toilets will be provided along with tea, coffee, fruit juice and biscuits. An electric refrigerator of 85 litres capacity will be available along with a stock of party ice in a separate cool box. Charter parties may bring such other provisions as they wish.

Two members of the party will be expected to assist the skipper with mooring if you wished to land ashore other than at the boatyard.

If tuition is undertaken and competence demonstrated, a certificate will be awarded which will entitle that person to hire the boat, on future occasions without a skipper, for more extended periods including overnight stop outs. Short break, weekly or fortnightly hires are therefore possible.  A maximum of two people could be tutored during a day cruise. Under supervision the learner would practice steering both forward and astern, stern on and side on mooring against a windward and a lee bank, casting off, turning, use of a mud weight, boat handling at slow speed. They would demonstrate a basic ability to tie knots and knowledge of the rules of the river. They would be shown the correct way to recover someone who had fallen in and taken through basic safety routines including how to deal with a fire on board.  Upon return they would be taken through the basic engine and mechanical checks required for daily maintenance.  They would have spent at least 1.5 hrs at the wheel.

These vessels will be fully re-fitted to provide, in addition to the spacious wheelhouse with electric powered canopy, a large saloon big enough for all the party to dine together in comfort. They will have modern Webasto airtop 5000 5Kw warm air heating and the ability to blow forced air round the boat in summer. In addition supplementary heating will be provided for the wheelhouse whilst moored. Windscreens would be tinted to reduce glare whilst steering and wiped with an electric pantograph wiper for clearer visibility. By using craft of an older design greater headroom can be achieved than might be available with some more modern designs.

When used overnight the boat will sleep a maximum of 6 persons.  There will be a twin and a single cabin forward and a further 3 berths can be made up in the aft saloon with a curtain divider between the single and the double berth. (Minimum party size 3 persons)  Full bedding with Duvets and pillows is provided, along with hand towels.  All berths would be 5” orthopaedic foam.  Crockery, cutlery, Glassware and cooking utensils appropriate to the group will be found on board and two colour televisions and 2 radio/CD players will be installed.

Interior décor will feature a textured beech finish with hardwood trims, full carpeting, brass fittings, padded ceiling panels (the tops of doorways would also be padded) and soft furnishings to a high standard. Extra attention will be paid to sound and heat insulation throughout the boat and lighting will be to a domestic standard. Showers would all have automatic drainage. The two toilets would be electric flush with macerators.  Externally the vessels will NOT have the markings normally associated with hire craft, with varnished wood toe rails and brass bin irons


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OK Bill, who gets the short straw of being chucked in for the safety bit Evil Grin

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If I could hire it for the day without the "skipper" I'd be interested ;-)

What sort of pricing structure would you be looking at?

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That I'm still working on, Actually not expecting many of those. We wiil see, whatever even old hands would have to prove themselves, if I'm going to have to go through a course to prove I can handle a boat so's everyone else   Evil Grin

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Hi Bill, good luck with your new venture.

Having thought a little about this, it might be worth trying to target some specific audiences, such as the elderly social clubs, disabled groups etc. I would think there is also a market for a two or three night chartered cruise for small parties of oversees visitors, the Americans in particuler like that sort of thing, but where you would advertise, I don't know.

If your not careful, you could end up getting stag or hen parties chartering for the day, not having to worry about doing anything on the boat except drinking.

Anyway I hope it works for you.

Keith

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Just PM'd you a suggeston, Bill.  Hope it wasn't too radical.  Question  Smile

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Oh, I just noticed that I passed the 100 post mark!  Now it says that I 'know my stuff'.  I suspect that some would question this.  Smile


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