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Skipton’s Rendezvous Hotel to launch new £300k electric-powered ‘Eco Swan’ restaurant boat

The Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton in North Yorkshire is to launch a new £300,000 electric-powered restaurant boat that will give groups the opportunity to experience the tranquillity and scenery of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

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Restaurant boat ‘Eco Swan’ will be launched later this summer

The ‘Eco Swan’, which is due to enter service later in the summer, is 60 feet (18 metres) in length and can seat up to 60. It has been specially designed to be both a restaurant and a function space. The interior is flexible to accommodate different requirements, from executive dining for 36, to lunchtime and evening meals, and parties and other functions.


The steel-hulled boat has wheelchair access, is fully air-conditioned and has a bar and toilets. Large double-glazed windows and a headroom of nearly seven feet (two metres) offers a spacious interior. Floodlights are fitted to the roof to illuminate the canal banks on evening cruises. The boat is also fully heated for all-year-round use.


Food is freshly cooked in the hotel’s own kitchens and brought aboard to be prepared in a purpose-built galley area at the rear of the boat.


A 20kw motor is powered by a bank of sealed, rechargeable batteries weighing 4200 kg, giving a quieter, ecologically friendly, vibration-free cruise.


The launch of the new boat will be the culmination of a long-held wish by the owner of the Rendezvous Hotel, Malcolm Weaving.


Commenting on the boat, he says: “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 good 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, hence the name ‘Eco Swan’.


“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.”


‘Eco 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.


For more information about dinner cruises and group stays, go to www.rendezvous-skipton.co.uk


Skipton named ‘Top Town for Courtesy 2016’

The North Yorkshire medieval market town of Skipton has been named ‘Top Town for Courtesy 2016’.

The award, organised by the National Campaign for Courtesy, and covering all towns in Great Britain, recognises a town’s commitment to promoting courtesy throughout the local community. Previous winners have included Ilfracombe, Shrewsbury and Epsom.

The ‘Salop Leisure Trophy’ was presented to the Mayor of Skipton, Cllr Martin Emmerson, by Diana Moran, one of the campaign’s celebrity patrons, best known as TV’s ‘Green Goddess’ keep-fit expert.

Skipton was nominated for the award by Malcolm Weaving, the owner of the town’s Rendezvous Hotel, where the presentation took place. Commenting on the award, he said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Skipton has been recognised as the top town for courtesy. Our guests often tell me what a pleasure it is to visit Skipton. They’re both amazed and delighted by the real Yorkshire welcome they receive from locals. As a family-run hotel we pride ourselves on the welcome we give to our guests, so having nominated the town, I’m particularly pleased to have been able to host the presentation of this prestigious award.”

John Stokes, Acting Chairman for the National Campaign for Courtesy, said: “Each year we seek out a town from across the country that has demonstrated courtesy in action. This year Skipton impressed our judges on their visit. While a good quality physical environment is important, most people want to live in a friendly community. Modern lifestyles can create a lot of stress and courtesy helps us all to treat each other with respect. This award recognises towns where the community has taken the extra step to encourage courtesy in all aspects of life. We start the search for next year’s winner early in 2017. For more information, go to www.campaignforcourtesy.org.uk.”

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Diana Moran, patron of the National Campaign for Courtesy; Cllr Martin Emmerson, Mayor of Skipton; Malcolm Weaving, Rendezvous Hotel.

Launched in 1986, the National Campaign for Courtesy is a registered charity that is committed to good manners; respect for self and others; courtesy for all; and rejection of anti-social behaviour.

Voted Sunday Times Best Place to Live in Britain 2014, Skipton is a friendly compact market town on the doorstep of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Offering a superb range of activities, clubs, societies and entertainment it is also a short train ride away from the nearby city of Leeds.

The Rendezvous Hotel is family-run 96-room hotel, home to owners Malcolm and Karen Weaving, set on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, one mile south of Skipton, the ‘Gateway to the Dales’. It features the largest square ballroom in a privately-owned hotel in northern England. For more information, go to www.rendezvous-skipton.co.uk