Our new £300k electric-powered Luxury Dining Boat
Exciting times! This October we will be launching a new £300,000 electric-powered luxury dining boat for groups and private hire providing a unique dining experience along the tranquil and serene Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Moored outside the Rendezvous Hotel, the ‘Graceful Swan’ is 60 feet (18 metres) in length and can seat up to 60 people. It is specially designed to be both a restaurant and function space. The boat boasts an onboard bar, toilets, wheelchair access and floodlights that illuminate the canal banks for evening cruises.
The large double glazed windows and seven foot headroom offers a spacious and light interior to accommodate different requirements, from executive dining for 36, to lunchtime and evening meals, parties, other functions and private hire.
Food is freshly cooked in the hotel’s own kitchens and brought directly aboard to be prepared in a purpose-built galley area at the rear of the boat.
The launch of the new boat will be the culmination of a long-held wish by the owner of the Rendezvous Hotel, Malcolm Weaving.
In 2018 we introduced a new dinner cruise option for our groups and other guests using a boat from a local trip boat owner. This proved extremely popular, giving groups and our other guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing cruise and excellent food along the tranquil Leeds and Liverpool Canal. However, I was keen to have a boat of my own that we could use both as a restaurant and for functions. However, because we’ve been developing the hotel’s eco-friendly credentials, including the introduction of a biomass heating system and electric car-charging points, I wanted the new boat to be fully electric. It is the first 60-feet-long, 14-feet-wide electric dining barge on any canal in Great Britain. Not only will it offer a peaceful way to see more of the wonderful scenery in this part of Yorkshire but it will also provide an additional function space for the many groups who choose to stay with us during the year.
‘Graceful Swan’ has been built to strict Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) regulations and has been approved to operate on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal by the Canal & River Trust. The two-person crew will be accredited by the MCA. The cabin crew and bar staff will be members of the Rendezvous Hotel staff. To aid movement the boat is fitted with bow thrusters. Steering is by a power-assisted electronic hydraulic joystick. The wheelhouse is located at the rear of the boat and extends above the roof of the passenger cabin to give excellent forward visibility. The wheelhouse can be lowered to enable the boat to pass under low bridges.
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