Henry asked for an opinion and I have given one, from the standpoint that I do not own a motor boat, and probably fit his customer profile quite well as far as income etc goes.
Henry's boat is coded for 6 pax but even then the maths still works out well and under £500/head. I don't criticise Henry one bit on the vfm he is offering - I reckon it is very fairly priced esp for a brand new boat.
It's prob not worth doing the comparison to death becuase it is a bit random anyway and I was merely trying to show that there is much demand in the £2000/night sector. If when paying and playing in that sector you stomp about saying "Well for that price I expect this and I expect that" you'll get rebuffed.
I found this loads on the charter requests I got last year for Match, many unsolicited. You'd tell people the price and some of them would run the argument "Well I'll pay, but it's loads so can i have this and that thrown in?" or "Can I have 10% off" and the answer was always "No, the price is right, even if it feels a bit toppy to you sir. Now do you want it or not?" Once you have your pricing right, never budge (imho!)
The other thing is you get punters saying "Well so and so will do the same for 20% less" to which the answer is usually "Yeah well so and so's boat is 10 yo and worth half so his price should be loads less". Henry is offering a brand new boat here and that is worth a premium
Hi there Nick
The content for the site has been written over a period of time and sometimes you are in a better frame of mind than other times. Sometimes you are more sober than other times
I knew it was going to be a rude awakening when I put the embryonic site up for perusal but I genuinely have found it, and am still finding it really helpful so thank you. I am fully aware that many of the posts come across as harsh when they might not mean to be but that's the nature of a critique. I'm big and ugly enough not to get upset.
There are some things that have been said which I think are wrong and that's why I do what I do. I could be mistaken - though I doubt it and those elements will remain but largely I agree with much that has been said and have / am in the process of changing it.
Champagne. I'm not that fussed about the stuff personally but I do know good from bad. It would be easy to throw in twenty quid's worth on arrival but the problem is I know people who don't drink anything less than fifty or a hundred pounds a bottle champers. They will also do more than a bottle at a time. To be fair they are not mean people and so what we have done is said this is the base price for a decent experience. If you think you need a case of champagne then bring it along and we will gladly keep it chilled for you. We don't even insist on supplying or any form of corkage. We aren't angling at selling an upgrade package for drinks, there will be a reasonable selection of what you would expect but given the individual nature of each booking we can adjust to taste within reason. Ultimately as John has said we aren't actually that expensive. I should imagine some of his provisioning bills have come to our daily charter rates.
The nature of our cruising ground (short distances and cheap moorings compared to the SOF) means it can work because it is a different product to Med charters. I think it is also a different product to most of the current UK charters. I find just going along a bit boring after a while. I want to arrive somewhere and start enjoying myself. I'm hoping others feel the same and we sell a few weeks.
Just to add on the pie and mash front they are really nice pies
I am not looking to emulate a Michelin star restaurant in Newtown Creek. If you want Michelin star quality food but without the price tag (with the service though) then I can provide it. There are a couple of places we visit that have really great dining. But Newtown isn't about pretentious food.
It's about spending an hour with your missus pottering around in the dinghy, exploring the creek, taking a few photos, sitting there with the engine off listening to the birds chattering away and then when you come back to the boat there's hot food waiting for you to tuck into. Maybe an alfresco BBQ with a bit of fish or some specialist sausages or burgers. A lovely pudding that you shouldn't really but sod it you're on holiday and a bit of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Maybe a bit of cheese a couple of bottles of wine and you end up crashing totally exhausted.
Then when you wake up the most magical hour in the dinghy at tick over trying not to upset the glass finish to the water. A little mist rising off the water, a seal laying on the bank side, birds everywhere you look and not a care in the world. No car horns, no stereos, no screaming voices. Just you, your thoughts and a chance to take stock.
If you didn't want to dine on the boat the night before then take the dinghy up to Shalfleet boatyard and walk up to the New Inn. The torchlight walk back down the track to the dinghy, the moonlit trip back to the boat and then a lovely coffee or hot chocolate together with a nightcap.
That's what we are all about. It may not be for everyone but that's cool. We only have the one boat and there are only so many days in the year. It isn't going to be 28 degrees in blinding sunshine, in fact my favourite time is the winter where a cosy boat sitting on it's own with not a neighbour in site is pure heaven. The silence is deafening and you are tucked up like toast with loved ones or friends. Every single restaurant has a table and you get the best service ever
I am glad no offence taken, it was not intended
Good luck with it
Good luck with the venture Henry, I wish you all the best with it...
I think the biz plan is good as it encourages multi day use and many others offer the day trip sort of charter. My read is Henry is aiming at a couple of couples or family that is rid of the ownership hassle.
I always remember at a boat show when looking on Sunseeker the bloke next to me asked the charter price and was shocked how low the quote was. I thought is was toppy but the bloke said - 'N cos when you divide it by six of us its bloody cheap for a holiday....
March 22, 2017