FAQ

Boat Hire Cost and Availability?

The boat is generally in the water from mid-March to October but may be available outside those dates. (please contact me to discuss your requirements)

What do I need to bring?

Please bring all of your holiday paperwork with you. All bedding, towels, cooking utensils and crockery are provided. Rubber soled shoes, matches and a torch will come in useful. You should also bring First Aid items / kits. You will then also need food and drink, cleaning materials

What are the pick up and return times?

The boat is available from 1500 on day of arrival and must be returned by 10:00 on day of departure.

Do I need experience to have a holiday on a boat?

You don’t need a licence to drive a cruiser and no experience is necessary. When you arrive you will be given a full demonstration of all equipment on the cruiser and a trial run to ensure you are happy driving and mooring the boat. If you have any queries our experienced team will make sure they are answered. You will also be given a manual providing useful information, instructions on operating your cruiser and reminders of safe navigation.

Can I fish on my holiday?

Leitrim is famous for its fishing which can be undertaken free of charge without the need for a fishing licence. ( See fishing section for more details.

Do we get Buoyancy Aids?

Buoyancy aids are available on board the boat and their use will be demonstrated on your arrival.

What washing facilities are available on the boats?

The boat has hot running water, a shower and toilet.

Do I need to bring bed linen or towel?

Towels and tea towels are provided as are sleeping bags with freshly laundered silk liners . You have the choice of double or single bags.

Do I need to bring my own cots and highchairs?

Cots and high chairs are not provided and if you need to use them this must be declared in advance to ensure they can be accommodated on board.

Can we bring pets?

Sorry, no pets are allowed on board.

Is there a fridge on my cruiser?

Yes but please note these are smaller than your fridge at home and is not designed to store frozen food. The fridge has three way operation which means it can operate from gas, the 12 volt boat supply or from the 240 volt shore supply. Using the 12 volt supply when the engine is not running will quickly drain the batteries so the use of either of the other systems is essential. How to change between power sources will be demonstrated when you board the boat.

Is there heating on my cruiser?

Yes – there is an onboard hot air heating system.

How far can I travel in a day?

There is a general speed limit of 5 knots when travelling along the rivers and canals so your average speed is going to be less than this. You should work out your itinerary in advance to ensure you have a comfortable mooring for the night. Advice on this will be provided when you come on board.

How much diesel will I use?

The boats use 5 litres of diesel per hour.

Testimonials

imagegen.ashx-2“We would not have got the same level of service from the bigger boat rental companies and we were extremely grateful for the help and support the owner gave us on our first cruise.”

Valerie from Dublin

imagegen.ashx-3“We had previously hired from the big rental companies Emerald star & Carrickcraft.We found them to be inflexible, expensive & their boats were quite clinical. David was flexible & suited our timetable.”

Sean Toner and family

imagegen.ashx-2“Everything was perfect, including your tutorial, and I can honestly say it was the most relaxing weeks holiday we have ever had.”

Barry Noyce and family

imagegen.ashx-4“I would like to thank both Liam and yourself for all your help in making our weekend spent aboard No Fixed Abode most enjoyable and relaxing.”

Michael Donnelly

Hi David

Thanks for a great experience on ! no fixed abode ! last week 2/7/16 my wife and I had a great holiday. The boat was everything we wanted at a fair price, easy to manage after your tutorial. The fishing experience was brilliant and I loved your on board fish finder great help, your staff are very professional ,helpful, and courteous. The boat had everything we needed to make out holiday run smoothly, I am looking forward to coming again, and thanks for setting me up with the dinghy.

Thank you all

Hi David. I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip on Tranquillity. Before the trip Catherine, my wife, was a confirmed landlubber and wouldn’t go near a boat. She absolutely loved the whole experience: boat, the Shannon, the wildlife, the serenity. She even enjoyed living on the boat and couldn’t get over the fact that we had a shower each! She found handling the boat very easy once she realised it steers like a car. It had been 20 years since I was last on the Shannon and I forgot how beautiful it was. I feel certain we will be back! Thanks again!

Hello David
June and I would just like to thank you for making our holiday so enjoyable . Despite the weather being so bad the service we received was way beyond anything we have ever experienced with any outer hire company. We have been hiring boats on the Shannon for more years than we care to mention and we can honestly say this was by far our best experience yet. The amount of time you spent showing us the boat suggesting places to see and recommending eateries and watering holes (and places to avoid) was just great. I know you are considering retiring but we hope you don’t as we are already planning our holiday for 2017 and we will be returning to Tranquility and hope to see you still at the Helm

All the best

2016-08-14 13.25.252016-08-18 12.37.562016-08-16 20.36.19Hi David,
We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the week we had on “No Fixed Abode”. The boat was spotless when we arrived, better equipped than most rental houses, and fun and easy to control, once we got the hang of it. It was also good to know that you were on hand should anything go awry on us.

I would thoroughly recommend your boat to anyone thinking about a cruise on the Shannon, and the boys ( 9 and 12) loved it. You even managed to organise half decent weather for us!!

I am attaching a few photos from the trip.

Kind Regards,

The Quinns

River Shannon Family Cruising Holidays

We hired the tranquility for 3 nights in may as part off my husbands 40th birthday present what an amazing experience. The service we got from the minute we arrived until we left was outstanding couldn’t recommend this company enough in our group there was 2 couples and one couple had to leave on the Sunday and to save us sailing back up Dave came and picked them up from where we were docked. The boat was spotless clean and nothing seemed to be a problem best holiday ever and we can’t wait to do it again.