Brook Line

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Dunhampstead Wharf, Dunhampstead, United Kingdom
www.brookline.co.uk - +44 1905 773889

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Brook Line Dunhampstead Reviews

grandmar grandmar
237 reviews
Life in the Slow Lane Jul 26, 2002
Start days: Monday or Friday

Our boat was the MeadowBrook which slept 5. The current boat that is most like ours is the SpringBrook which sleeps 5 or the Sparkling Brook which sleeps 3

After we loaded stuff on the boat we explored it a little. We had free parking and fuel was included. They said we had 140 gallons of water and we should fill up every day (the toilets were fresh water flush from the boat water and not from the canal water). They also said the holding tank should be good for a week. We had a little boat- only 43 feet long and 6 ft 10 inches wide, but there was plenty of headroom. At the bow, there were small seats on each side. The folding doors could be folded shut and locked. The doors had shades. Inside on the port side is a hanging closet, and next to that is a bench with a window over it. There is a red hatch on the bow which gives access to stored equipment, and the water fill is there also On top of the boat there is a boat hook and a mop in addition to the orange life preserver.

In the stern was the steering platform. There were two big steps up to it - they have finger holes to pick them up to access underneath. The stern of our boat did not have a place to sit, nor did it have any protective railing to keep you from falling off the back. There was enough place for two people to stand provided the helmsman didn't need to move the tiller too far to the side.

Everyone steered the boat except our grandson and me. Our grandson was too short to see over the top to steer. I know from previous experience that if I try tiller steering, I am totally unable to use a wheel to steer our boat for many moons. (Tiller steering and wheel steering are opposite.) So I said at the outset I would not steer. I also did not operate any locks.

The controls were inside the hatch. This includes the throttle, a warning horn (which sometimes was actuated by accident), the rpm indicator, the key and various switches. Past the controls are a hanging area with a set of foulies (supplied with the boat) which we didn't need because we had excellent weather. They also supplied our grandson with a life preserver. One of the waste baskets is in this area.

Right next to the stern was our double bunk. This fixed double was pretty narrow. Bob and I almost had space to lie flat next to each other without overlapping. The person next to the wall had to crawl over the other person to get up. The current bunks may be wider.

Then was a sink and storage area, which was shut off by the door to the engine area and controls during the day when the door was open. The door can be slide-locked shut so that someone can't come in via the stern (or to shut out cold air), or can be hooked open on the edge of the sink. The cupboards over the sink had the exhaust pipe from the engine going through them which keeps it warm in there, and on the stern side there are shelves, and a mirror on the inside of the door. There are storage drawers under the bunk.

The galley area has the stove (gas), sink, which has pots stored under it, the refrigerator (under the sink counter) and shelves with dishes. There is also a waste basket in this area. Opposite this area is a dinette area where two people can sit. This area can be closed off from the bow and stern by hooking doors across the central passageway.

One of the benches which pulls out to make a double (really bigger than a king) bed. Or there is a table which can be put up by inserting a post into the round fitting on the floor, and all 5 or 6 people can sit and eat. We had to bring our sheets and towels, but I think they are currently provided.

The current configuration has two fixed doubles or a fixed double and a single

Current Boat facilities

Microwave; Vacuum cleaner; Shower/WC; 240v system; Radiator central heating; hairdryer;

Galley including cooker (UK speak for a stove), fridge and kettle

TV CD/radio or stereo radio cassette

Bed linen and duvetl Fixed berths made up for your arrival

All Boats include FREE:

Fuel and Gas; Waterproofs for the helmsman; Car parking for up to 2 cars; Extra persons under 16 years of age

Up to 2 dogs allowed
Cooker (galley area)
Sparkling Brook which sleeps 3
Sink by the fixed double
Looking out the bow doors
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