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Self drive boat hire:
In Whisper our electric launch, 10 seater capacity for self-drive.
Boating can be a dangerous pastime when not taken seriously. – The Nominated Captain (Driver) is responsibe for the safety of all passengers on board.
Basic rules apply for self drive hire, including - 10 min boat familiarization (for all trip lengths) - To book a ‘though lock-trip’, the min time for hire is 2 hrs. - Alcohol is allowed on board in small reasonable quantities. This will be monitored. - It is against the law for boat hire drivers to drink alcohol whilst driving and to be driving under the influence of alcohol.
RESPONSIBILITIES of Nominated Captain – Driver - Boat & Passenger priority for Safety at all times. Keep your focus. - Adequate lifejackets are on board. Make good use of them. - KEEP TO RIGHT OF THE RIVER AT ALL TIMES but AVOID WEEDS AND FISHING LINES - Give RIGHT OF WAY TO DOWNSTREAM TRAFFIC THROUGH BRIDGES - Avoid collisions with other boats or jetties or riversidings. - Ask passengers to be ‘look outs’ for you. - A boat hook is on board for proper use where needed. - A Windlass (crank handle) for manual lock gates is provided on board. - Locks on the Great Ouse River in our region are manual at one end and electric controlled at the other. A key will be provided for usage on the control box.
HIRE CHARGES - For mixed families 1 hr £55.00 pro rata. - For single sex trips 1 hr £ 75.00 pro-rata - The trip for 1 hour does not allow you to travel through a lock. - Lock passage will be allowed only after passing a short lock competency and safety test.
DEPOSIT of £150 will taken for all self-hire boat trips.
PENALTIES – Damaged boat. The boat will be inspected after your use. Any damage caused by you will be assessed on return and charged for accordingly. – Any hirer rescue is charged an extra £40.00. Includes weed bound props - Reckless driving damage is charged according to a post trip assessment.