In March, April, May, June, September and October both our boats will be available for the following hire start and end dates:
'Queenie' hires will run:
'Gloria' (AKA the new boat) hires will run:
Hires start at 2pm and end at 9.30am on the last day.
For July and August hires will be for a minimum 7 nights on both boats.
In November, December, January and February hire start and end dates for both boats will be more flexible with a minimum 3 night's hire.
We will still charge the same price all year round and remain open all year too (ice permitting). We will still offer static hires in the low season months on our linear mooring (we think it's the best spot on the marina).
Pre-lockdown (on March 23rd) this Covid-19 year saw us almost fully booked. Then, from one day to the next, everything stopped and we had nothing. Like so many small businesses, the next few days, weeks, and months were spent giving refunds for cancellations or deferring hire dates to 2021. From March onward over these last three months we've had a lot of time to think about how we can go forward, and operate as a healthy business, finding a balance between personal life and work.
Star Narrowboats has always been really flexible with hire start and end dates and the number of nights we can offer. This way of operating has felt right and good to do, and, despite various complexities, it worked somehow. However, operating in such a flexible way also took its toll and running the business came to control 100% of 'life'. So, out of all of the muddle and difficulty caused by the pandemic and its effect on business, I'm happy to say that, starting in 2021, we have found ways to overcome this problem. 2021 will be our 8th year of business. Not only have we decided on a new approach to scheduling hires but we have a brand new boat to show off! The replacement for 'Gloria' will be ready by August 2020.
We have made changes to our calendars and booking system which will make it really clear as to what dates are available for hire - in fact we are making a major revamp to our whole website which is also about 8 years old!!! You can now search 2021 availability on our current calendar. However, we expect this to fill up over the next few weeks as we have already transferred a number of postponed hires from 2020.
If you would like to speak to us about a hire please feel welcome to call Hester on +44 (0)79 444 04 227. We are looking forward to our new start and, like everyone, are more than hopeful for a year of recovery and renewed successes.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
'Queenie' Blue Sky