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Racing to be ready: hoping for the off

Racing to be ready: hoping for the off

Beacon Park Boats are flat out preparing our fleet of luxury canal boats, in the hope that Wales will reopen in time for Easter.  All our luxury canal boats are completely self-contained, so will make the perfect post-lockdown holiday accommodation, when guests are allowed to take them out.  

Beacon Park Boats' owner, Alasdair Kirkpatrick, says it has been a very frustrating time waiting for an announcement due this Friday from Wales' First Minister, Mark Drakeford: “Will he allow us to reopen in time for Easter (in early April), or will we follow England on the 12th or Scotland on the 26th? Or will he come up with his own date?  Who knows!  It would be nice to know for sure, because we are flat out getting ready.”

“It has been extremely difficult with all the uncertainty over Coronavirus.  We have 500 customers booked this year already and we are getting daily phone calls asking whether they will be able to come.  How can you plan when you don’t know a deadline?”

“We have 18 boats here which need to be maintained and we still have Falcon (the canal’s first 8-berth boat) in build, so it’s a juggling act to know which jobs to get done first.  In the worst-case scenario, he might say we are not opening until May, and we will have spent all this money with staff on overtime when we didn’t need to.  If we don’t do the maintenance and he says we are open for Easter, then we will be racing to catch up.  So it is a Catch 22.”  Alasdair said.

In the past, the Welsh Government has taken the decision to reopen self-catering accommodation first, because family units and ‘bubbles’ can stay onboard together, minimising the spread of Coronavirus.  And of course, that risk is diminishing as the vaccination programme gains pace.  So Beacon Park Boats are racing to be ready for an early Easter Opening, and looking forward to seeing guests again after the long winter.

“It will be great to see the boats out again on this beautiful canal again, just in time hopefully to catch the bankside daffodils.” Alasdair said.

If you want to find out more about Beacon Park Boats' fleet of luxury canal boats, please visit our website or call 01873 858277 or watch our video.