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lez
Sep-18-2006 @ 9:34 PM                           Permalink
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hello,
has any one hired the above boat,or indeed any internal piccy's.
thank you
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hoseasons do a virtual tour on their website which shows interior pikkies.

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Hi Les

I uploaded one picture to the hireboat section of her a while ago - but now when I try and see what that is what should the small thumbnail is just that cross symbol, and if I open it I get a domain links sponsor.  I know there's a few issues of late with this kind of thing, so hopefully everyone is getting this (temporarily) and Richard is hammering away at the system (fixing it) as I type?!

As I can't see what I've uploaded my apolagies if you've seen these before old chap, and they are the full res. picture here....

Smart looking boats, I think searching under Rapide (Alpha) & Grecian Girl brings up a few reservations about the internal helm visibility, but I heard it was going to be very sunny for your hols, so I'm sure you'll be fine!!

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Hi Les

I’ve never hired Rapide but have hired Swan Royale on two occasions. Rapide was in the yard the last time we were there and looked very good externally. Sadly I didn’t get chance to look inside. I don’t think you can go wrong with Swancraft, however. Royale is actually one of the older craft in the fleet, yet is spotless and beautifully maintained. Assuming the same standards are applied to the rest of the fleet (and I’ve no reason to see why they shouldn’t be) you will not be disappointed. You are also assured of a friendly welcome and the sort of attention that only a quality family run boatyard can give. They do get a high proportion of return customers, me included!

Hope this is of some help anyway.

All the best

Howard


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hi,
thank you all for the useful information.
les....

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We hired Swan Rapide a couple of years ago during a rather wet October week.

The saloon area is spacious and airy with ample room for all occupants, the bedrooms however, are tiny and a bit of a squeeze.  The rear bedroom did have a strong unpleasant smell coming from the toilet waste tank that I think may have been sited under the bed. The galley is well equipped including 240v electrical appliances consisting of a microwave, toaster and kettle. Although due to the location of the mains socket the leads on the two smaller appliances did not reach so couldn’t be used unless one held them by hand.

Considering the boat is 12ft wide and 42ft long we found it to be manoeuvrable and easy to moor, although the steering position inside the saloon was not ideal being set back to far.  We did have one major problem and that was with the warm air heating, it had not been properly serviced and would not light, when it did the hot air vents in the boat produced fumes like from a car exhaust filling the boat with smoke.  When the engineer came out he found fuel oil had seeped into the ducting and so would have to be stripped out and replaced before the heater could be used again.

We found the owners to be friendly and helpful and were offered a refund of the fuel charge as compensation for the problems with the heating, which we accepted.

Pete

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heh pete ,
thanks for that, hope you enjoyed your holiday.
les.....


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