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Morning folks, so our next trip is getting nearer and I'm starting to look forward to it. This will be the first time on Fairway so I'm looking for any stories on its features please. Is the heating effective, is it noisy, is the back bedroom really as small as the photos suggest etc etc.
We are two couples.
So, any answers gratefully recieved.
Thanks
Dave and Lesley.

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I have a vague recollection of talking to someone who'd had this boat a few years ago and there was indeed reference to the aft cabin being small, but they did say the advertising had mentioned this. But isn't there another bedroom besides the front cabin?

I think it's often the case that cabins and beds are small anyway, being fitted into what is actually a floating caravan. We always say if it's a 6 berth it's ok for 4, a 4 berth is fine for 2 etc. If each couple has their own bathroom, and the saloon area is  generous, with an open aspect onto the the river even on a wet day, then I reckon that works fine. You've been before so you'll know want to expect in general. In non Covid times, we used to have a nosy on board the boats when picking up, so we had an idea for other holidays, but I appreciate that's a lot of boats, and not possible right now anyway!

You may get more specific info from others, but I thought  I'd share what bit I had.

Have a great time, Karen

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Thanks for that. Yes we're only two couples so that last bedroom can be storage. I was really hoping someone had recent experience of the boat in terms of warmth and noise underway etc. We're up there on the 2nd week of October and I'd like to cruise with the top down so it'd be be reassuring to hear that the heating work's properly. No matter,  we're bringing copious amounts of quilts and long johns.
We'll be flying Welsh and Argentine flags so give us a wave.
Dave and Lesley.

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Pics just to give you an idea of the area covered by the canopy.
I doubt you would even feel the heating if you cruise with the canopy fully back. You may feel some benefit with it slightly open.
The pics are 39 years old but the boat's layout is still the same.



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Yep, gotta agree with the comments about not feeling the heating with the canopy open.

We cruise with our canopy down as much as possible throughout the year, but to do so in anything other than beauitiful summer weather requires varying levels of additional clothing, even for those sitting down and not at the helm. Don't waste the heating - it will just dissipate. Save it for when you've moored up and closed the roof.

In October we usually wear a jacket but at the least a fleece or cardigan, and early morning cruises sometimes require gloves. We do however also sit out,  as it were ( canopy off) as much as possible and into the evening, with maybe a fleece blanket and a coffee with Baileys, as it's so magical and peaceful. Keep your bedroom doors closed and any heat in. We actually use the heating rarely, it can be noisy and even on some boats smelly. An extra blanket and a hot water bottle (even sometimes when sitting outside) works well enough and adds to the ambience lol.

Have fun! Karen



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