Win a trip on a narrow boat: Terms and Conditions

The promoter of the prize draw is Dorco Europe Limited (Dorco), whose registered office is at Thornton House, Thornton Road, London, SW19 4NG. The provider of the prize is Blue Otter. The prize draw is open to all United Kingdom residents aged 18 or over, excluding employees of Blue Otter, Specialist Publications Ltd, Dorco Europe Limited and their respective families, who are not eligible to enter into this prize draw. Entries must be made electronically on the above website form only. A maximum of one entry per person is permitted. No purchase is necessary. The competition will run from Tuesday 12th June 2018 (‘Opening Date’) and the closing date for entry into the competition is midnight on Thursday 21st June 2018 (‘Closing Date’). Entries submitted after the Closing Date will not be included in the draw. Dorco accepts no responsibility for entries that are late or for entries not successfully completed due to a technical fault. Confirmation of email transmission is not proof of entry. The draw will be shortly after Thursday 21st June 2018. A winner will be selected at random from all entries received by the Closing Date, using a random-number generator. The winner will be contacted after Thursday 21st June 2018 via e-mail or telephone and will be given 14 days to respond. If the response deadline is missed, the prize may be forfeited and another winner selected. The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Dorco reserves the right to change, hold void or cancel the prize draw at any time without notice. All elements of the prize are subject to availability, no cash or other prize alternatives will be offered. The prize is non-transferable. The promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize for similar alternatives of equal or greater value. All entrants give their consent to their names being placed on a list of winners and being made available. The winner’s name can be obtained upon request in writing from: Dorco Narrowboat Competition, PO Box 767, Bristol, BS8 1SB, after Thursday 21st June 2018.


The prize is not valid during the following blackout dates: August 1-31, 2018, December 1, 2018 – January 15, 2019, May 1-31, 2019. If for any reason the winner wishes to cancel their holiday they must inform Blue Otter as soon as possible by phone and then confirm this in writing. A winner who wants to change the date of their booking will be charged a £20 administration fee.


The holiday is valid until July 31, 2019 and includes a welcome hamper, bedding, gas, diesel, full boat handling instruction, lock side instruction and car parking for one car. The winner must arrive to collect their boat between 11am – 3pm to facilitate boat and lock instruction. The boat must be returned by 10 am on the last day of your holiday.


DAMAGE DEPOSIT of £150 will be required on arrival and refunded on return. Exclusions to the waiver are damage resulting from excessive speed, malicious, negligent or intentional damage to the boat its equipment, the waterway, other boats or structures, damages to the rudder or skeg due to cill damage in the locks, and the late return of the boat, or the return of the boat in an unclean condition. In the case of any of the above being reported we shall claim the full cost of repairs, replacement or compensation.


Blue Otter insure the boat and equipment against public liability risks. The policy does not cover personal accident, or the hirer’s belongings, or holiday cancellation. WE STRONGLY ADVISE THE WINNER TO ARRANGE INSURANCE, AND CANCELLATION COVER.


Blue Otter shall not be liable for any matters arising from any cause beyond their reasonable control or not due to Blue Otter’s negligence or willful default including (without limitation) death or personal injury of hirers their crew and passengers, loss of or damage to property, non-fulfilment or interruption of the booking or delays, breakdowns, mechanical problems, defects, damage, restrictions on cruising, obstructions, repairs or damage to waterways, non-availability of routes, navigational works, storms, floods, droughts, ice, shortage of water or other weather conditions, rationing, shortage or non-availability of fuel or in respect of any consequential loss, damage, expense, injury or claim.


The hirer is in charge of the boat and is responsible for its safe navigation. In the event of any accident or damage to the boat, other craft or the waterway the hirer must: Obtain and record the name of any other boat and names and addresses of all parties involved including the other boat owner and other hirers. Notify Blue Otter by telephone immediately with full details of the accident including damage incurred and information of names and addresses. NOT IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ADMIT OR ALLOW ANY OTHER PERSONS ON THE BOAT TO ADMIT LIABILITY TO ANY OTHER PERSON. Proceed in accordance with and follow the Company’s instructions. In the event of an accident Blue Otter may repossess the boat and the hiring contract shall then terminate without liability on the Company. In the event that Blue Otter’s insurance cover is prejudiced or invalidated by any failure on the part of the hirer to comply with the provisions of this condition the hirer shall indemnify Blue Otter in respect of all liability claims, loss damage or expenses incurred. The hirer is liable for and shall indemnify Blue Otter against any claim or charge made by any Waterways Authority for damage to waterway property or loss of water.


The hirer must check the boat and its contents and equipment fully on arrival at the boat yard and notify Blue Otter of any alleged deficiencies or shortcomings before the boat leaves the boatyard. Blue Otter shall not be liable in respect of any matter which is not so notified immediately and in any event shall not be liable in respect of any matter which is notified after the end of the hire period. The boat may then have been taken over by another hirer and may not be available for inspection. Letters should bear Blue Otter booking reference.


The description of the boats are generally accurate but Blue Otter will not be liable for any minor inaccuracy that may exist. Maps and plans are not to scale, may have steps not shown and are for guidance only. If the Hirer’s party includes any infirm persons the Hirer should make relevant enquiries at the time of booking.


Dorco shall not be liable to entrants for: (i) any losses, damages or costs incurred or suffered as a result of the entrants entering the prize-draw promotion; (ii) acceptance or use of any element of the prize won in connection with the promotion; (iii) failure by the promoter to act in accordance with any promotion laws, rules and regulations; (iv) and/or failure by the promoter to deliver any element of the prize. By entering the competition, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions of entry. Each entrant acknowledges that Dorco has no liability to him/her in accordance with this disclaimer. The winner and their guest may be required to participate in publicity for Dorco.


This prize draw and these terms and conditions are governed by and subject to English Law and the parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Prize draws are administered on Dorco’s behalf by Specialist Publications (UK) Ltd, Embassy House, Queens Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1SB.


Data protection: Entrants agree that, by entering the prize draw, their personal data obtained in the process of the competition will be used for the purposes of administering the prize draw and will be held by Dorco and its subsidiaries and holding companies and any subsidiaries of its holding companies (Dorco Europe Limited) either manually or electronically. The information will be restricted to authorised users only and treated in the strictest confidence. Dorco may provide the personal data to the following third-party providers: Affinity Angels Ltd, Specialist Publications (UK) Ltd and Blue Otter (‘Third Party Providers’) in connection with the competition and for the purposes of administering the prize draw, and the redemption of the prize. Personal data may be held by Dorco Europe Limited and the Third-Party Providers, for a period of up to six months after the Closing Date. Dorco and Blue Otter may use the name of the winner for the purposes of reasonable publicity.