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Book your boating holiday with confidence
Book your boating holiday with confidence
Money-Back Guarantee While these times are rather uncertain, we all need something to look forward to. Thus, ABC Boathire offers a coronavirus Guarantee on all narrowboat booking from this date until 21st November 2021. Thus, guarantee allows you to rebook your narrowboat to a later date or receive a full refund because of Corona. If your holiday is cancelled due to the British governmental restrictions in relation to COVID-19, you have the following options: Rebook to a later date in 2021 (please note: if the price of your new holiday is more than 10% higher than the original one you will need to pay the difference at the time of booking). If you prefer waiting to book a new holiday, we can transfer your money to a secure client account until you are ready to book. Cancel your holiday and get a full refund. Please note: This guarantee is valid from this date until 21st November 2021. ABC Boathire Early bird discounts in 2021: If you book at narrowboat from ABC Boathire before 31st December 2020, you can get up to a 10 % discount. However, you shouldn’t wait too long before booking; COVID-19 has ensured a large amount of rebookings in 20201 already, which means that both your dreamboat and dream destination might be booked faster than you think. Therefore, we advise you to book now if you want a boating holiday to your dream destination in 2021.
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4 tips for preserving your favourite destination
4 tips for preserving your favourite destination
No matter where in the world you prefer to sail and you keep going back to, you would no doubt be sad if it was suddenly overflowing with plastic waste or if the corals were dead due to bleaching. Here are 4 simple things you can do to help preserve your favourite destination and to keep it in its best condition. 1: Pick up plastic and other waste You would probably prefer if plastic and other waste isn’t scattered all over the place when you go ashore on the beautiful beaches. Therefore, we suggest that you bring a bag to collect rubbish, when you head ashore. Beside taking your own waste with you, you can also help by removing what might drift in from the sea. If you’re travelling with kids, you can turn it into a game for them. Either they can compete for a set period of time to see who can collect the most. Or you could make it a competition for who is the quickest to collect 5 pieces of plastic, 5 pieces of metal, et cetera. 2: Remember to check your sunscreen I 2015 scientist estimated that every year, between 6,000 and 14,000 tonnes of sunscreen are washed into the ocean. That’s a lot. Many sunscreens contain harmful substances that affect the marine wildlife. At tropical destinations these substances are especially harmful for the coral reefs. The corals bleach and die, which in turn is bad for a lot of tropical fish species. Of course, we recommend that you protect your skin from the sun. But keeping in mind the ocean environment, it is also important that you carefully read the product label on your sunscreen to make sure it doesn’t contain any of these harmful substances. 3: Keep your engine no higher than 1800-1900 rpm Why go at full speed if the wind doesn’t materialise? You're on vacation after all. You might be able to gain 1 knot of speed by going full throttle, but this will double your fuel consumption to the detriment of both nature and your wallet. 4: Buy local groceries You can also help the environment by going to a local market when shopping for your boating holiday. Here the groceries will not have been transported over large distances, so they will not have contributed much in terms of emissions of greenhouse gases. At the same time, the local markets are often a wonderful experience where your senses are bombarded with exotic smells, colourful stands and deliciously tasty produce.
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Start the holiday planning now!
Start the holiday planning now!
Book early – why now? Are you waiting for the last minute, too? What if the price falls? It may be tempting to watch the clock for fear of missing a good last-minute offer. If you book early, you have more boats to choose from – but if you wait, the boat may be gone. The best price The best possible holiday for the best price – that's what we all want! It is our experience that you get the cheapest boat holiday if you book your holiday as early as possible and utilize the book-early offers. We cannot deny that last-minute discounts are offered if a boat has not been rented out 1-1½ months before the rental period starts. It may look enticing if you compare and see that there are some big last-minute offers. However – the boats which are not rented out 1-1½ month before departure are often those which have been too expensive from the beginning. If a boat operator introduces 20-25% last-minute discount shortly before departure, but the price of the boat from the start has been priced 40-50% higher compared to similar boats, it means that the saving will be minimal, if any at all. Widest selection of boats first in the booking season Those who book first will choose the boats with the best value for money; the biggest boat, the newest boat, the best location, the best travel period. They get the largest selection, while those who wait, must choose among the boats that are left. Therefore, do not get tempted to wait for big discounts later in the season – you are always best placed if you book as early as possible. We usually say that choosing the best rental boat for the money is like when you are in the supermarket and choose fruit and vegetables: "When you come first, you can choose freely. You have the time to choose the best – but if you wait, you can only choose among the ones left behind. As the last ones arrived in the store you cannot see what has previously been offered to others, and what has already been sold". Cheap Flights If you require a flight to the destination, then the book-early effect is often even bigger. It is our experience that the price of airline tickets also increases significantly, the closer you get to the departure date. These three effects are reinforcing each other, and the conclusion is that you have the best advantage if you book your boat holidays as early as possible.
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