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French boating holiday firm Locaboat Developpement has announced its acquisition of a majority stakeholding in Irish cruiser-hire company Carrickcraft.

Locaboat is a market–leading, boating holidays company which operates 360 boats in six countries from some 27 bases throughout Europe.

Acquired by John Morton in 1999, Carrickcraft has continued to grow steadily and consistently. It is the largest provider of self-drive boating holidays in Ireland.

Company growth has accelerated further following the acquisition of Waveline Cruisers in 2014.

The current owners of Carrickcraft will remain as Directors and shareholders and will continue to run the company in Ireland as at present. Sales and accounting remain in Markethill and there are no changes at any of the marinas. Hausboot Irland, the German booking company, will continue to operate as normal from offices in Untergruppenbach.

Commenting on the acquisition Serge Naim, Managing Director of Locaboat Developpement, “Carrickcraft has an impressive growth record, an excellent reputation for service and a highly respected team. We are excited to be joining forces. This is a strategic acquisition opening new possibilities and strengthening market presence. We look forward to helping Carrickcraft accelerate its expansion plans”.

John Morton, Managing Director of Carrickcraft said: “this partnership with Locaboat will enable Carrickcraft to develop more rapidly, and allow greater investment opportunities. The company has an extremely bright future under its new ownership. I am confident that Carrickcraft will continue to develop and grow in partnership with Locaboat.”

Carrickcraft operate 119 boats on the River Shannon at Carrick-on-Shannon and Banagher and on Lough Erne from Bellanaleck, outside Enniskillen. The Shannon and Erne are recognised as one of the longest non-commercial waterways in Europe, they are well maintained and simple to navigate. There are also very few locks, making this a popular destination for boaters.

The boats range in size from 2-berth to 10-berth and are easily handled by seasoned boaters and novices alike. The fleet has recently been enhanced with the addition of Linssen cruisers which have been very popular.

The core business is visitors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, most of whom visit for at least one week and bring considerable inward spend. To improve the sales to these countries, Carrickcraft have a sales office near Stuttgart (Hausboot Irland GmbH) who handle all direct bookings from these countries.

Domestic Irish business has become more important in recent years as people have realised they have one of Europe’s finest cruising waterways on their doorstep. Although many come for shorter breaks, a lot of visitors return year after year.

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With its first hire this Saturday, River Shannon Boat hire firm Carrickcraft is launching the first of its new steel–built Linssen vessels just in time for the 2017 season.

As Afloat.ie reported earlier, Ireland's largest cruise hire charter company is expanding its 115–boat fleet with the addition of five Dutch built boats over the next few seasons.

The first of these new steel yachts was on trial this week as pictured above at Clonmacnoise in Co. Offfaly. 

Cruise-Ireland placed an order at Linssen Yachts for five new yachts, which involves a turnover of more than €1m. The aim of this long-term collaboration is to extend the Cruise-Ireland fleet with several new Linssen Yachts every one or two years. Cruise-Ireland is a combination of two of the oldest yacht charter companies in Ireland: Carrickcraft and Waveline Cruisers.

New boats will go into the Cruise-Ireland bases in Banagher, two in Carrick and one on the Shannon one-way route.

Published in Inland Waterways
Ireland's largest cruiser hire company is set to move into waterways north of the border next year.
Carrickcraft – which for 30 years has provided cruising holidays on the Shannon and the Erne - has plans to operate a small fleet of hire-boats on the Lower Bann in 2012.
The company will initially operate three Kilkenny Class cruisers (2 + 4 berth) and three Carlow Class cruisers (2 + 2 berth) from new pontoons at Coleraine Town Centre Marina.
According to Carrickcraft, a seven-day holiday on the Bann would allow travellers to see all of the river and have some extra time to discover the hinterland.
Carrickcraft MD John Morton said: “We are delighted to be able to open a fourth Irish base and to bring more tourists to the region. We are fully committed to the project and hope to increase the fleet size in the future.
"Having travelled along the Lower Bann myself, it is great to be able to open up such a wonderful waterway to a larger public.”
The first boats will arrive early in the New Year ahead of the summer season from March to October 2012.
For booking enquiries contact the sales office at 028 3834 4993. For more details visit www.cruise-ireland.com

Ireland's largest cruiser hire company is set to move into waterways north of the border next year.

Carrickcraft – which for 30 years has provided cruising holidays on the Shannon and the Erne - has plans to operate a small fleet of hire-boats on the Lower Bann in 2012.

The company will initially operate three Kilkenny Class cruisers (2 + 4 berth) and three Carlow Class cruisers (2 + 2 berth) from new pontoons at Coleraine Town Centre Marina.

According to Carrickcraft, a seven-day holiday on the Bann would allow travellers to see all of the river and have some extra time to discover the hinterland. 

Carrickcraft MD John Morton said: “We are delighted to be able to open a fourth Irish base and to bring more tourists to the region. We are fully committed to the project and hope to increase the fleet size in the future. 

"Having travelled along the Lower Bann myself, it is great to be able to open up such a wonderful waterway to a larger public.”

The first boats will arrive early in the New Year ahead of the summer season from March to October 2012. 

For booking enquiries contact the sales office at 028 3834 4993. For more details visit www.cruise-ireland.com.

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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