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Hi there everyone,  can anyone tell me if we're allowed to have guests on our hire boats?  weve hired a boat for 2 weeks in the autumn & some friends might be visiting mid holiday, theyre not sure yet if it will be a day visit or an overnighter ( the boat is plenty big enough for them to stay)& although richardsons are very helpful & friendly im hesitant to  ask them at the moment as its so up in the air as they wont know for certain until the night before depending on where we will be, &  im worried the boatyard might try to charge me extra, although i can understand that for insurance reasons etc!
Has anybody had visitors or overnight guests & whats the best way to go about it??
thanks everyone, Cas & John

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Jun-06-2013 @ 12:20 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Cas and John ,

Provided your total number of people spending the night on board is not any more than the boat yard permits for your vessel then there is no problem.
Kate and I , the last few years have hired a boat with two spare berths for just that reason as friends and  family often join us for the evening and overnight .
We always let our boatyard know we were doing this so we had extra linen and blankets etc , it was never a problem with Faircraft and I'm sure Richardsons would also have no issue

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I am not sure Simons answer is quite correct - all hire cruisers are now licensed and after the reg no is the total number of persons the boat is licensed to carry, and not sleep. This applies to day boats and cruisers and whilst you could well turn a blind eye to it given the size of most cruisers to the little day boats, to exceed that number as given on the licence could well bring insurance issues IF there is an incident.
Best talk to the yard - they will tell you the number licensed and whether they have issues, rather than the number of berths - which you probably know!!!

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I think you will also find that there are issues of Insurance and having guests for overnight visits may also be against the terms of your contract. As far as I am aware you MUST provide the yard with the names of all those who will be staying on the boat and whether children or adults. This detail, and the number that forms part of the boat reg number to show how many people the boat is licensed for, is vital info in the event of an emergency situation.

Forum members will express opinions (just like I have!) but your contract is with Richardsons and it is really there that you should direct your enquiry for a definitive answer.

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I thought Simon's answer was absolutely correct.

Subject to the boat having the capacity and the yard being properly informed then I don't think Richardson's will have any problem at all. Personally I would contact them straight away, they will confirm if it is acceptable on your chosen boat. I can only see them saying no if the boat is not licensed for the total party or the sleeping capacity doesn't allow and if that is the case under no circumstances should you allow extra persons aboard.

Of course they will need the names and details of your guests and if it takes your total party size into chargeable extra person rates then expect to pay the additional fee if they are staying over night.

I've done the same with Barnes both in their Sail Loft and on Cruisers, in fact on one occasion half the party changed mid holiday, with 4 of us on board for the whole 11 days, and two spending the week (fri - fri) then replaced by a different two for the 4 day weekend. They were most accommodating. We arranged to be back at their yard on Friday lunch time. They made sure our friends car was out and had a bag with clean bedding ready for us to pick up from the office (for all the beds, not just the ones changing!). They even pumped the boat out as soon as we got back, without being asked.

They made no charge for the extra bedding, the pump out or the car parking although we did drop a couple of bottles of Roy's finest vintage into the office when we handed the boat back. Perhaps it helped that the boat was a six-eight berth, so with eight names on the booking form we did not exceed the boats total capacity, even though only six were ever on board at any given time.

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Thanks for the replies everyone & sorry its taken me so long to write back ( my pc isnt fast enough to use this site so i use the library computers whenever i can get into town!!)
I think ill have to wait until nearer the time when its more definite & ask the boatyard....its still  about 4 months away - wish it was much sooner tho as im almost counting the days!!! Smile

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You will also only be provided with enough life jackets for the ammount of people that the boatyard have been informed of.

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