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Dimensions: 10.67m x 3.20m (35ft x 10ft 6in)
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Dimensions: 10.67m x 3.20m (35ft x 10ft 6in)

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Popular cruiser, with good layout.
Steering position:
Centre steering position Steering Postion info

Ref code: BH1427
Sleeping details:
2 double and 2 single or 1 double and 4 single.

This Cruiser includes:
  • Centre steering
  • Raised steering position for added visibilty
  • Aft access for easy mooring
  • Full sliding canopy over saloon
  • Radiator central heating
  • Shower/WC
  • Separate WC
  • Recommended for four adults and two children
  • 12v socket for mobile phone etc (12v car lead required)
  • Heating
  • Galley including cooker, fridge and kettle
  • TV
  • CD/radio
  • Bed linen and duvets
  • Hairdryer
  • Rowing dinghies available at extra charge
Please Note:
Will not pass through Cardington or Upware locks.

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out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2015-05-02

Firstly our thoughts on what previous reviewers have said. We agree that there is only limited headroom aboard but if you're under 6' you will be able to stand upright here and there. You'll have to be careful though, in fact if you are over 5'8” we can guarantee that you will bump your head at some stage! However, if you are under 5'8” you will not be able to see the river when seated at the steering wheel without the aid of a cushion, so it's all about compromise. Thankfully it is NOT the case that toilet waste goes into the river. These are elderly boats and it shows. However, Sunquest 1 handles well and, with one or two reservations, it's comfortable and well equipped. It's decent value for money. We've had a lot of experience with sliding canopies and we knew that almost certainly the cockpit/lounge area would be draughty. We took three old bath towels from home with us and laid them across the boat where the fabric at the rear of the sliding canopy meets the solid roof. This sealed up the expected large gaps and prevented the cold wind penetrating (and there was a lot of it during our colder than average week). Probably the same applies to all of the Sunquest boats. Something else you should consider taking from home is a three metre length of rope. If you tie one end of this to the rear handle you'll find it much easier to close the canopy because one of your crew can pull on that while someone else pulls and pushes on the front handle. Another reviewer said that three people are needed to get through the locks. Every unmanned lock we came to between Ely and St Neots could be operated and navigated by just one person but it is laborious, a bit 'technical' and there are dangers. There were two of us and it is a lot easier and safer. Granted a third person would make it a little easier but really their time could be better spent making the tea! Yes, Sunquest could sleep 6 in theory but it must be quite a headache in such a small space. OK for 4 we reckon, and truly spacious, and therefore relaxing, for a just one couple. Sunquest 1 was clean when handed over to us, except for one drawer in the forward cabin that we didn't think of using until later in the week, when we discovered that it clearly hadn't been cleaned for a considerable time. Chris and Nigel at Bridge Boats were friendly and helpful and without hesitation supplied one or two extra bits of gear to make the boat easier to handle by just two people. The wildlife highlight of our trip were four nightingales singing at Paxton Pits and waking up one morning to their song. We also had a red kite wheeling repeatedly over the river and spotted a seal in the water near Earith. If you don't know Ely, do try to factor in time to explore. It's one of the most fascinating cities we have visited.


out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2015-05-04

I stayed on the Sunquest with my husband, 14 year old son and elderly parents for the bank holiday weekend and overall the experience was pleasant. The Bridge Boat Yard at Ely was easy to find and the staff there were really helpful and pleasant. For me the disappointment was with the boat. The pictures and layout look bigger than what the boat actually is. To access and exit the boat you have to go through the back bedroom. The galley kitchen is very small and hard to work in when people need to get past you. The lounge/dining area is very compact. When we ate we had to put up the table and then you can't get around it. Once the table is collapsed there's no-where to store the table. There's steps from the galley up into the lounge area then steps down into the rear front bedroom. Anyone with mobility problems will struggle. When driving the boat, any passengers have to stand up to look out the front of the boat. Because the boat is very old basic comforts are compromised i.e. the curtains are thin so daylight streams in in the mornings. Couldn't get the TV to work in the evenings. No DVD player. Bathroom very small and when you sit on the toilets the flush handle is so close to the toilet it hurts the side of your leg. We took the Ely to Cambridge route but no-where along the way could you aft park (mooring end on) so I really struggled to get the dog and my elderly mum off and on. I've been on a long boat before and I much prefer this layout. Sorry to rant but I'd rather be honest.


out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2015-04-10

Friendly helpful staff.Boat was exactly as advertised.Plenty of choices as to where to cruise.Really enjoyable.Could do as much or as little as you choose, Thank you,


out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2014-11-01

Our third holiday from Bridge Boatyard, the guys there are great. Really helpful. The boats are a bit tired, but for the price was a good value holiday. Lovely location.


out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2014-10-27

Needs more information on how to work locks. They were not straightforward and the instructions at the locks are not great either.


out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2014-10-17

It would have been very helpful to have some details of possible cruising routes before arriving to collect the boat.


out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2014-10-03

Very old boat with stoneage facilities. Sliding roof very difficult to move This boat just doesn't compare favourably with those hired over the last two years on the Broads. The river Great Ouse is a great cruising area crying out for quality boats for hire.


out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2014-09-26

it was an old boat, we booked later than we usually do so the availablity was limited, would not have that type of boat again we are tall family who needed the canopy open to be comfortable - no fun in the rain


out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2014-09-26

Great peaceful week, with plenty of interesting towns to visit along the route. No mechanical problems with the boat. Generous reimbursement on the diesel not used. Overall, the holiday we expected.


out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2014-09-15

This is he second time we have hired this boat we can recommend this, the boatyard staff are very friendly and the boat is great very comfortable .we went from Ely to st Ives the river is wonderful it is so relaxing .


out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2014-09-08

The boat was very easy to handle but the manual sliding canopy was very difficult to raise and needed a bit of brute strength. We had a fantastic holiday and will definitely sail there again. The Bridge Boatyard Ely was very helpful with the instruction for the boat but we have hired this boat from other boatyards previously. A great boat with the ability to drop the canopy for open top sailing and eating out in the open air but you can raise the canopy if you wish.


out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2014-08-08

The Cambridgeshire Waterways are a gem. I felt Sunquest was rather dated, big on the outside and small on the inside. Also I found there was insufficient headroom as I am fairly tall. The sliding canopy saved the day for me personally and we were lucky with the weather. Also it bothered me that the toilets pumped directly into the river as opposed to having a tank and the ability to pump out at a proper facility.


out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2014-08-11

The boat was 25 years old and marine technology advances very rapidly, especially the materials used on/in boats. There is nothing wrong the boats themselves they have been well maintained, they would be great for a bunch of guys getting away for example, but are not really suited for wives with young children.


out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2014-08-04

Boat handover only did not get full marks because traffic was so bad that we were very late picking boat up, and my husband is good with boats anyway so we didn't get full tutorial - our fault.


out of 10
Confirmed guest, 2014-07-12

Very nice boat, helpful and informative staff, lovely area.

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