Questions To Ask Before You Book A Rental Barge

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

When you want to spend a few hours or a few days sailing on a river or open sea, you should consider the benefits of a rental barge. Luxury barges are like yachts or deluxe boats in that they are outfitted with rooms, furnished decks and other amenities that can make for a relaxing trip. But before you book your barge, here are some important questions to ask a prospective barge rental company.

Are Your Barges Kid Friendly? — This is an important question if you’re planning on bringing young ones with you because some rental barges are strictly ‘party’ barges that are not suitable for anyone below the age of 18. Then there are barges that you can customise for any occasion, which is probably the ideal choice if you’re bringing your children.

Do You Provide a Captain and Barge Staff? — Depending on the kind of trip you want to take, you may want to rent a barge that’s staffed with a captain to do all the piloting and a small staff to cater to your needs. Luxury barges typically provide a full staff, especially on overnight trips, but bargain barges that you rent for only a half-day usually don’t provide a full staff or require an additional fee for this service. In fact, many bargain rental barges are self-piloted, which means you or someone else on the trip will steer the barge. But don’t fret, learning to steer a barge is a skill that can be learned quickly. Most barges have a maximum speed of about 11 km per hour

What Amenities Are Included In the Rental Cost? — Find out what the contract cost includes, because not all barge rental companies are the same when it comes to calculating their fees. Some don’t include fuel costs and insurance, so you may be surprised when you settle up that your total price has increased. Find out what you’re paying for before you get out to sea.

Does One Need a Driver’s License if They Choose a Self-Piloted Cruise? — Some barge rental companies provide you with a temporary permit to pilot the barge while others require you to possess a valid driver’s license and require that you are at least 18 years old.

Rental barges can be an ideal weekend cruise for you and your family, and because they are usually equipped with barbeques, you can enjoy food while gliding on the open sea. For more information, contact a business like Wingbrook Marine.

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