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LINCAN
May-25-2007 @ 10:15 AM                           Permalink
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Hello all,
Nice subject I know but would like to hear of other boaters experiences reguarding having a pump out when on a two week holiday. With Richarsons you pay for it at the time but take the receipt to the office at the end of the holiday and are reimbursed. This is only if it's done at one of their boatyards i.e. Richardsons, Pleasurecraft[which is also in Stalham], or Horizon at Acle. This is not fair or convenient as 1/if you were having two seperate weeks holidays you wouldn't have to pay, and 2/ you're stuck if you're any distance away from their boatyards, or down in the southern part of the Broads. What is the proceedure with other boatyards reguarding this cost? It's not a lot I know but its the principle of the thing when added to all the other extra expenses incurred during the holiday. Thanks.

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Couple of things, firstly even on a 1 week hire if there are 8 people on a boat there is a good chance that you will need the tank emptied. This appears to be a very nice gesture by Richardsons to pump out for free at one of their yards, I used to hire and have never been offered a free pump out.

The 2 week hire will carry a discount against a one week hire partly because the boat doesnt have to be prepared at the end of the first week including the pump out.

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May-25-2007 @ 12:16 PM                           Permalink
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Every yard we've ever used (and there have been quite a few over the years) offers free pumpouts at the home yard, but if you go elsewhere you have to pay for it yourself. Personally I don't see anything unfair about this. And it encourages sensible use of the onboard toilets!

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May-25-2007 @ 2:19 PM                           Permalink
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Hello,
Bigger boats--bigger tanks! We have had many different sized boats from 2-6 berth, the larger ones usually have two toilets anyway. We use the shore based toilets if possible and have never had to have a pump out before the end of the 1st week, but point taken about the 2 week discount.

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HI Spider,
When we hired, i dont know about you but there is just some thing about boat loos that is HMMMM.

so we allways used to  try (HA HA) to use shore based thingys when poss.
On our little boat its a Porta  thing so its a must to go ashore.
OH Dear red pills needed.  Blush

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On out two week cruise from Summercraft, we were told if we needed a pump-out, the charge would be refunded. We had it done at Horizon Craft at Acle and ws indeed refunded the £10 when we got back.

Roya - agree with you. I have a dislike for boat toilets and always try to use on-shore facilities be it at boatyards, supermarkets, hotels or local authority at a last resort.

REGARDS

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When we used to hire it was normally for 2 weeks at a time. When this happened we have always been refunded the pump out cost back at the home yard at the end of the holiday. You pay and then hand the receipt in. This was even with Richardsons and on one occasion this was done in Alpha craft in Beccles so no problem at all.

Trevor & Deirdre

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"This is not fair or convenient as", Hi Lincan, what I certainly think isn't fair is having to pay the same to pump our small 80litre tank as a hireboat with a holding tank the sise of the average country cottage's septic tank Gasp

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