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Thread: Canalboats - exchange company recommendations?

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    Canalboats - exchange company recommendations?

    Hi

    we're a first time exchanger and we're hoping to book a canal / narrow boat in Ireland, England or Europe in 2008. I'll have an SFX acceptable 2008 Club Regina PV as deposit.

    Does anyone have inputs on who we should use for the exchange? (We are not associated with any at this time)

    The companies we are looking at are
    • SFX
    • DAE
    • Platinum
    • Timex


    Thanks !

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    DAE and canalboats

    For a UK canalboat, your best bet is DAE. They can generally get canalboats through their trading partner Club La Costa, which bought a large block of Canaltime weeks wholesale a few years ago. I used DAE for a canal boat exchange last summer. You need to do a request for these, as trading partner inventory does not appear online on the DAE availibiity list.

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    Thanks Carolinian!

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    Carolinian,

    How did you like the canal boat experience? I often thought it would be fun.
    Mike H
    Wyndham Fairshare Plus Owners, Be cool and join the Wyndham/FairfieldHOA forum!

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    I've done it twice. Great experience!

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    What time of the year did you do your canal boat trips?

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    Question Parking Availability for UK Canal Boats

    I have noticed good availability for UK canal boats and have seen some on the narrow canals in England. Looks like greatviews of the contryside; however, at about 4 MPH, the trip is slow. My concern is where to park the car near the debarcation point and the associated fees. Also, any info on average fuel cost for the week? I would have only 2 passengers.

    Tom

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    My canal boat trips were in July and September.

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    Was it hard to do the navigation, etc.? Did you feel like you enough "training" your first time? Can you tell us a little about the roominess/size of the interiors? How many people would be comfortable?

    Thanks Carolinian.
    Mike H
    Wyndham Fairshare Plus Owners, Be cool and join the Wyndham/FairfieldHOA forum!

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    The navigation was not hard once you got used to it. I had owned speedboats and a cabin cruiser that steered with a wheel, so it took a bit to get the hang of steering with a tiller, but not too long. Operating the locks on the canal was a bit intimidating the first time or two, but that was also something that one quickly got the hang of. The training was adequate. The interiors are a bit compact, with limited luggage space. We had a boat for 4, but was comfortable enough for 2. Four adults might have been a bit much.


    Quote Originally Posted by mshatty View Post
    Was it hard to do the navigation, etc.? Did you feel like you enough "training" your first time? Can you tell us a little about the roominess/size of the interiors? How many people would be comfortable?

    Thanks Carolinian.

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