Terms & Conditions

Please read in full before your trip.

At least 1 person onboard must be 21 (ID required on arrival) to pilot the craft. Smoking or Drinking onboard is strictly forbidden, as are any actions which will jeopardise the safety of the patrons or equipment and will result in being towed in straight away! You will not receive a refund in this case!

The maximum amount of people on the boat is 5. There can be no more than 4 adults on the boat at one time. So for example, 2 adults and 3 children under the age of 16 or 1 adult and 4 children, etc. is allowed.


  • ‘Company’: Float Your Boat Tours.
  • ‘Hirer’: The person identified on the Hire Agreement as the Hirer.
  • ‘Hire Period’: The period of hire as identified in the Hire Agreement.
  • ‘Hire Fee’: The Fee identified in the Hire Agreement.
  • ‘Vessel’: The craft identified in the Hire Agreement.
Marina Etiquette

After the safety briefing the group will be escorted through the marina and onto the pontoon system. It is imperative that all visitor adhere to marina etiquette as outlined in the safety briefing with respect to other users and staff members. Please note that the pontoon system is a floating structure and due to tidal movement step heights and pontoon positioning will vary, so all users must exercise care when on the pontoon system. Please also be aware of other vessels’ tethering lines as well as their own.

Agreement To Hire

A contract of hire comes into being only after a Hire Agreement has been completed and full payment is made. Proof of identity in the form of a Passport, Driving Licence or some other photo ID is required. The Company does not hire boats to anyone under the age of 21.

  • Delivery

The Company shall ensure the vessel is in full working order, in good condition throughout with full equipment provided.

  • Re-Delivery

The Hirer shall re-deliver the vessel to the Company at the point of embarkation in as good a condition as delivery was taken, except for fair wear and tear arising from ordinary use. Any work required to return the Vessel to the state it was delivered in will result in additional costs. The Hirer is responsible for the disposal of any rubbish accumulated during the Hire Period.

Cruising Area

The Hirer shall restrict the cruising of the vessel to within the areas outlined by the safety boat. Maximum Number of Persons, responsibility for children, health of the hirers party:

a) The Hirer shall not at any time during the Hire Period permit more than the maximum number of 5 persons on board the Vessel.

b) If children are taken on board, the Hirer shall be fully responsible for their safety conduct and entertainment. The Company shall not be held responsible for their safety.

c) The nature of a power boating trip may render it unsuitable for a person with a physical disability or condition, or undergoing medical treatment. By signature of this agreement the Hirer warrants the medical fitness of all members of the Hirer’s party.


The Hirer confirms that as the hirer of this craft he/she is assuming the position of Skipper and therefore is responsible for the craft, equipment and all the passengers onboard. It is the Hirer’s responsibility to ensure that all safety equipment is worn correctly at all times by all persons aboard. The Hirer shall ensure that no member of the crew shall smoke, carry or use any alcohol or illegal drugs on board the Vessel. The Hirer shall ensure that he/she complies with the byelaws of Carlingford Lough / Harbour Authority during the Hire Period. The Hirer is responsible for the behaviour of those in their charge in relation to other harbour users and wildlife and making sure all behave in a safe and responsible manner at all times.

There Hirer will ensure all crew adhere to the safety briefing and comply with all safety requirements. A killchord must be looped around the driver’s leg before ignition is started and remain in place until disembarking. If there is a change of driver during the hire period, position the throttle to neutral and complete changeover. The Hirer will adhere to the minimum speed restrictions within the marina on both exit and entry. Please note that there are no brakes on the vessel so carefully controlled movements of the throttle are required.

Use of Vessel

The Company specifically forbids the use of water sports equipment and diving. The Vessel will not be raced, speed tested, beached, or used as a ferry. The Hirer shall ensure that no pets or other animals are brought on board the vessel without consent from the Company. Fouling is the responsibility of the pet owner and all vessels to be left in the condition they were found. The vessel must not be left unattended. The vessel shall not exceed speeds of 8 knots. The Vessel may only be disembarked at designated landing sites. It is forbidden to feed the wildlife or drop litter overboard.

Delay In Delivery

The Company will always try to deliver the vessel to the Hirers at the operational area at the scheduled time. If a delay exceeds 1 hour the Hirer shall be at liberty to treat the Hire Agreement as terminated and the Company shall thereupon return all sums paid. In this event the Company shall not be liable to pay to the Hirer any other compensation for any loss or damage whatsoever.

Delays In Re-Delivery

If the Hirer fails to re-deliver the vessel at the time and place agreed he shall be liable to pay a sum equal to twice the Hourly hire fee for every hour or part thereof by which re-delivery is delayed. The Hirers obligations under this agreement shall continue until eventual re-delivery.

Cancellation/Failure To Arrive

If the Hirer cancels this agreement on or at any time before the commencement of the Hire Period, The Company shall be entitled to treat this agreement as having been Repudiated by the Hirer and to retain the full amount of payment made To the Company. If however, the Company is able to re-let the vessel to another Hirer for the Hire Period, then the Company shall refund to the Hirer such net balance as shall remain from the re-letting fee minus a 20.00 Euros administration charge. If the cancellation is by the Company for reasons beyond their control such as breakdown or damage to the boat, severe weather, or flooding all hire money paid will be refunded but no liability will be accepted for any other expenses or consequential damage or loss, howsoever incurred by the Hirer. The Company reserves the right to terminate any booking at any time where a serious accident or damage has occurred or in the Company’s opinion is likely to occur because of the unsuitability or misbehaviour of the Hirer. In such cases, the Company shall not be liable to make a refund.

Breakdown Or Disablement

If after delivery the vessel at any time is disabled by the breakdown of machinery preventing reasonable use of the vessel by the Hirer and the disablement has not been brought about by any act or default of the Hirer, the Company shall make a pro-rata return of the Hire Fee from the time when the vessel became unfit for use. For the avoidance of doubt the grounding of the vessel by the Hirer is considered “an act or default of the Hirer”. The Hirer must have a charged; working mobile phone onboard which can be used to contact the Company in case of emergency.


The Company shall ensure the vessel against all customary risks for a vessel of her size and type. The Hirer shall be responsible for carrying insurance for all personal effects whilst on board or ashore and for medical or accident expenses incurred. No liability whatsoever shall be taken by the Company for any personal effects, property, or equipment. Cancellation and curtailment insurance are not included in this agreement. The Company will not be responsible for any death or personal injury unless it results from the proven negligence by them. No liability is accepted for any Hirer whilst on Carlingford Marina land including pontoons, beach, slipway and steps.

Hirer’s Liability

Under normal circumstances, the Hirer shall only be liable for such costs or losses as may be incurred repairing damage caused by the Hirer or their guests (intentionally or otherwise) to the vessel or any third party. In such a case, the security deposit will not be refunded. The Hirer is responsible for the boat during the Hire Period and must report to the Company full details of any accident, injury or damage as soon as possible after its occurrence and to assist the Company in completing the necessary report to the company / Carlingford Marina Authority. Under no circumstances should the Hirer attempt to undertake any repairs to the Vessel.

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