Schweden: Göta Kanal
|GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR HIRE OF LEISURE BOATS|
1. RESERVATION AND PAYMENT
The reservation becomes binding for the parties first
when the hirer has received confirmation and paid the
advance payment listed in the programme brochure. By
paying the advance payment the hirer accepts all the
conditions of the hire contract.
The remaining sum, or in the case of short-term hire the
whole sum, shall be paid 40 days before using the boat
or on the day specified on the final invoice.
When full payment is done the contract is valid for the
company that owns the actual boat. This company is
from the payment day responsible for fullfilling the the
boat provider’s undertakings.
Place and time for the hirer ́s overtaking of the boat are
specified by the boat provider. If no place is specified
we will announce this later, at least 3 weeks before the
overtaking of the boat. In case of occurrences beyond
our influence the boat provider has the right to change
the direction until one day before departure.
Insurers charge Vättern Kanal Charter an excess with
every incident and also the cost of claims potentially
forces up the premiums we pay. To encourage a duty of
care from you, the Hirer, and to contribute to covering
this cost we ask you to pay either:
Option 1: Non-refundable collision damage waiver
A charge of between EUR 90 and EUR 130 can be paid
on arrival or at the time of booking. With this option you
will be fully covered if the boat or any of its equipment /
inventory is returned damaged or lost, as well as costs of
any accidental damage or injury to any third parties (with
the exception of hire bikes – refer to clause 13 for details
of bike theft waiver). This will not be the case if there is
evidence of gross neglect, which is excluded from our
cover under our insurance policy. These charges do not
alter the Hirer’s potential liability outlined in the insu
rance paragraph above.
Option 2: Refundable damage deposit
On arrival at the base, you leave a refundable damage
deposit (up to EUR 1000 depending on boat/duration)
which will only be exercised if the boat or any of its
equipment / inventory is returned damaged or lost, as
well as costs of any accidental damage or injury to any
third parties. This will not be the case if there is evidence
of gross neglect, which is excluded from our cover under
our insurance policy
3. THE BOAT PROVIDER’S UNDERTAKINGS
The boat shall be provided at the agreed time. If the boat
provider, due to circumstances beyond his control, e.g.
breakdown or delayed return by previous boat hirer, can
not provide the boat at the right time, the boat provider
shall: If possible make a similar boat available to the
hirer or repay to the hirer that part of the hire correspon
ding to the delay.
The boat provider undertakes to hand over the boat and
its complete equipment according to the inventory list
clean and in working order to the hirer, as soon as the
hirer has, by their signature, accepted the inventory list.
The hirer confirms, through his/her signature, that the in
ventory list is correct. Please note that the inventory does
not include television, DVD player, electric coffee maker,
electric kettle, GPS, binoculars and microwave oven.
The boat is protected by both hull insurance and third
party insurance (full charter insurance). The scope of
the insurance and its value and excesses are decided by
the conditions dictated by the boat provider’s insurance
company. The insurance applies to inland lakes, and the
Göta Canal and Kinda Canal.
The level of the deposit is determined of the excess for
the insurance of the particular boat. If the cost for a da
mage exceeds the excess, the entire deposit will be used
to pay the excess.
4. THE HIRER’S OBLIGATIONS
A/ The boat driver’s competence and experience.
Every boat has its own characteristics and the hirer
should, therefore, before taking possession of the boat,
read in full the appropriate manual which contains de
tails of the operation and use of the boat.
The hirer shall have sufficient skills to be able to mano
euvre the hired boat in a safe manner. If, during the hire
period, it should become apparent that the hirer is not
capable of handling the boat in a satisfactory way, the
boat provider has the right to terminate the hire contract.
The remaining hire charge would thereby be forfeited.
B/The use of the boat
The hirer is responsible for the care of the boat throug
hout the hire period. The hirer undertakes to take proper
care of the boat and the associated equipment, and to
follow any instructions and directions provided. The hirer
The hirer undertakes to take good care of the boat and its
associated equipment as well as follow given instructions
and directions. The hirer has responsibility for the boat
during the whole hire period. Furthermore, he pledges to
use the boat only for pleasure cruising. The boat shall not
be used for competition, towing, or the transport of goods
or passengers for payment (the ban on towing does
not apply to dinghies or in an emergency). The hirer is
responsible for following applicable laws and regulations.
The boat shall only be used in the areas described in the
insurance. See point 3c. The hirer undertakes not to sub-
let the boat or hand it over to a third party.
C/ Return of the boat
The boat shall be returned to the harbour and at the time
indicated in the hire contract. The boat shall by then be
empty of crew and all personal baggage, as well as being
clean and in the condition in which it was received by
the hirer. If the hirer should be prevented from retur
ning the boat by the agreed time, he shall immediately
inform the boat provider or Sea Rescue. In the case of
delayed return, the hirer shall be charged compensation
equivalent to double the agreed daily hire plus each loss
incurred by the boat provider for not being able to make
the boat available to the next hirer. Weather conditions
can not be used as valid reasons for delays. If the hirer
does not return the boat to the agreed harbour, he or
she is responsible for all costs and risks involved with the
return transport. Whatever the circumstances, the hirer
must inform the boat provider prior to return transport
and where necessary pay the compensation for delay
D/ Action in the case of fault, breakdown, fire or
A boat does not function like a car or bike. Experience has
shown that it is not possible to guarantee that everything
will work faultlessly. Even if the engine and all equipment
has been serviced recently, something may break down.
In the event of any faults, the hirer must contact the boat
provider, to ensure that the appropriate professionals can
be called in to rectify the problem. Any faults will be dealt
with as soon as possible, normally within 24 hours. Minor
faults which do not have a negative impact on the holiday
cruise and which can be dealt with by the hirer do not
require the measures specified above.
If a breakdown occurs during the hire period or loose
equipment is lost, the boat provider shall be informed
immediately. The boat provider shall then give instructions
regarding action to be taken. It is the responsibility of the
hirer to notify the damage to the insurance company as
well as in the case of fire onboard or theft of the boat or
its equipment make a report to the police and provide a
copy of the report to the boat provider. Failure to comple
te the obligations described above leaves the hirer directly
responsible for any resulting damage. The hirer is obliged
to replace every loss of equipment or damage to the boat,
in as far as these are not covered by insurance less excess.
The responsibility of care described in paragraph B above
includes the boat not being driven any further if damage
occurs to the engine or the steering mechanism, and if
doing so could make the damage more severe or other
wise damage the boat.
E/ Break in service.
In the case of time lost due to damage to the boat or
repairs or replacement for which the boat provider is
responsible and which has caused a serious hinder for
the use of the boat for more than 24 hours after being
reported, the hirer shall be recompensed pro rata for time
F/Impounding, levy of distraint
The hirer has absolutely no right or power of attorney to
arrange or permit that the boat be impounded or taken as
payment by anybody for any reason whatsoever. The hirer
undertakes to have a signed copy of the hire agreement
during travel and show it to any person(s) who might
crave impounding or levy distraint.
If the hirer cancels the boat hire earlier than 60 days
before the intended commencement of hire, the advance
payment will be repaid after the deduction of a service
fee of 200:- kr/booked week.
If the hirer cancels the boat hire later than 60 days but
earlier than 30 days before the intended commencement
of hire, the advance payment is forfeited.
If the hirer cancels the boat hire later than 30 days be
fore the intended commencement of hire the entire hire
charge is forfeited.
Instead of cancelling the hire agreement, the hirer
has however the right to hand over the hire contract to
another person found acceptable by the boat provider.
In the case of disputes concerning the interpretation or
application of these conditions the parties shall in the first
case try to reach a mutual agreement. If the parties do not
agree, disputes shall be settled by arbitrators according to