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                                                          Lough Allen Day Cruisers

“Offering you a world of boating experience”      Eircode N41 PD62

Trip from Drumshanbo to O Connors Island return via west side subject to weather condtions.

General Conditions. All bookings made with the Allen Centre are made subject to the following Conditions of Hirer. For the purpose of these Conditions of Hire and any contract or agreement the term “The Hirer” shall be taken to mean all those persons collectively making-up the hire party and authorized by the centre to be on the cruiser whether specifically named on the hire agreement or not.


Full Day €140 with skipper  including fuel –  3 hours

A family holiday that takes in some River Shannon boating is hard to beat. This episode we’re cruising to Lough Allen one of the large lakes on the River Shannon. I’ve heard people say that you can’t rely on the weather, but a river Shannon boating holiday is one of the few holidays that you can enjoy even in poor weather. A day spent on a river Shannon cruise, and meandering this waterway, is the best relaxation you will ever get. So check this episode when the river Shannon is seen in the usual Irish weather! Hope you’ll enjoy, and maybe consider river Shannon holidays by boating, fishing or even camping for you and your family? thanks for watching.

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Adverse Weather Conditions. The centre reserves the right in unfavourable weather or river conditions to set limits, cancel or refuse the hire of cruisers in the interests of safety. Time of returning the Cruiser. All Craft must be returned to the agreed base of hire in a clean condition and at the agreed time.

Age Restriction. Cruisers may not be hired or be under the control of persons under the age of 21 years.

Emergencies We always have someone on call in case of an emergency.

Unsuitable Hirers. The centre reserves the right to decline a booking or to refuse to hand-over a cruiser to any person who in their opinion is not suitable to take charge on the grounds of ill-health, age, disability, inexperience or any other reason which in their opinion would lead to a serious risk of accident or damage. In such cases, the hire fee will be refunded in full and the contract terminated without further liability on either party. Descriptions. Every effort is made to ensure that descriptions of cruiser are accurate but the centre cannot accept any responsibility for inaccuracies which may exist in its literature. The centre reserve the right to change the layout of the boat and equipment without notice. Injury or damage to You or Your Property. Hirers are specifically advised that there is no insurance cover provided for death, personal injury or loss damage or to property (including any motor vehicles parked at the marina) under the hire agreement unless it is caused by the Company’s negligence or wilful default. Neither is such cover provided for any licensee or invitee of the Hirer. Hirers are strongly advised to secure separate insurance for these risks or to arrange an appropriate all-risks extension to their existing policies.

. On arrival at the centre the Hirer pay a returnable damage deposit of €100 to cover damages to the boat or its contents. The Centre will then provide instruction on the waterways and navigation followed by a practical demonstration of the cruiser to show that it is operating correctly and that it is in a clean condition. Clients will be given a ‘trial run’ by a demonstrator to ensure that they are familiar with the controls. Approximate tuition and safety training time 30 minutes. We give a full demonstration on your arrival and answer any questions you may have. During the training you will be guided in how to manoeuvre the vessel and how to moor up.

Cruising Water. The cruisers may only be taken on Lough Allen and along navigation channels as marked on charts provided to each Hirer. Boats may not cruise after the hours of darkness and must be moored at an approved mooring overnight. The centre will not be held liable for delays or restriction of cruising water resulting from repairs or navigational works. Additionally, the centre may impose limits on navigation if in their opinion, hazardous conditions prevail. No allowance or adjustment to tariffs will be made in these circumstances. No cruiser may undertake towing or pulling off of other cruisers without the specific permission of the centre. All cruisers using Lough Allen are subject to the bye laws and regulations of that waterway and must observe the speed limits. The Hirer is responsible for the safe navigation of the cruiser at all times and for all damage or costs or third-party claims arising out of accident or mishap from cruising outside the marked navigation channels or otherwise in breach of specific instructions. The centre accepts no responsibility for changes in navigational markings. Such information as the centre has will be passed on to Hirers. Lough Allen changes in levels by 1.5 meters and this should be considered when hiring cruisers.

Cleaning of Cruisers. As the cruisers are the responsibility of the Hirer to keep them in a fit and clean condition both inside and out. A charge will be made for cleaning if cruisers are returned in an unfit condition and for the unblocking of toilets. Breakdowns and Repairs. All repairs, service and maintenance are the responsibility of the Company unless made necessary by the wilful conduct or neglect of the Hirer. The centre must be notified immediately if any repairs or service are required and they may not be placed in the hands of other firms of repairers without the specific approval of the centre. Where a Hirer cruises outside the designated navigation and grounds the cruiser, a service charge may be applied. The Hirer may be subject to a service charge if repairs are necessary due to neglect or wilful behaviour. The centre is not liable to pay or recompense for any loss of cruising time due to breakdowns, damage or any other defects or unforeseen causes.

Disputes. The Hirer is required to notify the centre of any alleged shortcomings or problems with the cruiser immediately they occur and a reasonable opportunity must be given to the centre to investigate and put right any faults found. No claims can be considered in respect of such alleged shortcomings if not notified as aforesaid. Accidents: The hirer is responsible for the boat and its safe navigation. In the event of an accident or damage the hirer must notify centre immediately with full details and names and addresses of other persons involved and of witnesses.

Boat handling before you take out the boatThe ethos of the centre is to be adaptable and flexible to meet your needs. Therefore we are willing to offer training on specific situations and areas so you enjoy your cruiser t trip and gain experience of Lough Allen. Please watch the youtube videos  below for additional information. Our training will cover every aspect of inland waterways boating, incorporating a combination of skill learning and safety. Training before the trip will include:- Theory of boats and boat handling including leaving and returning to mooring and lock work. Rope work., how to secure your boat. How to coil and successfully throw the rope from the boat. Basic knot work (the ones you need to know, not the ones you will never need). How to leave the mooring safely and efficiently. Steering and control of the vessel. Turning the boat, utilising the flow of the river. Stopping the boat and controlling it whilst static. Practice in coming alongside a jetty or the bank. Negotiating a Lock safely and efficiently. Perhaps the biggest nightmare for any user. You will be instructed how to enter the lock, secure the boat correctly and then leaving the lock. We understand for many that this is perhaps the most frightening of boat work. Therefore we place emphasis on this part of the training. Whatever else you wishe to practice . We have put together a programme which provides what you actually require in relation to boating. No time will be wasted teaching what is not required; we aim to be flexible in our delivery style. Good Boating Tips If going afloat it is a legal requirement to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid and for safety No matter how much experience you have, it’s always a good idea for everyone to review boating safety rules before departures. Below you will find 6 basic boating safety tips to help you stay safe:


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                                                         Be Weather-Wise Always check local weather conditions before departure; Internet-TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water or remain at your location on the lake and contact the centre. Follow a Checklist Proper boating safety includes being prepared for any possibility on the water. Use Common Sense One of the most important parts of boating safety is to use your common sense. This means operating at a safe speed at all times (especially in crowded areas), staying alert at all times and steering clear of large vessels and watercraft that can be restricted in their ability to stop or turn. Also, be respectful of buoys and other navigational aids, all of which have been placed there to ensure your own safety. Designate an Assistant Skipper Make sure more than one person on board is familiar with all aspects of your boat’s handling, operations, and general boating safety. If the primary navigator is injured or incapacitated in any way, it’s important to make sure someone else can follow the proper boating safety rules to get everyone else back to shore. Develop a Safety Plan Whether you choose to inform a family member or our centre, always be sure to let someone else know your safety plan. This should include where you’re going and how long you’re going to be gone. We will give you times to reach different areas of the lake A Safety Plan can include the following information: Contact name, and phone number of trip leader contact name and phone number trip itinerary types of communication and signal equipment on board. Make Proper Use of Lifejackets Did you know that the majority of drowning victims are the result of boaters not wearing their lifejacks. Make sure that your family and friends aren’t part of this statistic by assigning and fitting each member of your onboard team with a life jacket prior to departure.

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