A view of the Severn is a rare sight in Dublin and the city’s boat owners know it.
“You can’t really see the city because it’s on the river and you have to drive through the city,” says Thomas Dutton, owner of a boat called the Sexton that can travel from shore to shore in less than six minutes.
“There’s nowhere to go but up.”
The Sexton was commissioned by the Dublin Waterfront Corporation (DWC) to make a series of five boats to ferry people between the city centre and the Sefton Bridge, a pedestrian-only bridge on the Seashore.
“The view is really nice, the water is beautiful,” says Dutton.
The Sexton also serves as a guide boat for the DWC’s annual Dublin Ferry.
“You can walk to the other side and have a good look at it, or you can do a walk around the waterfront and take a look around,” he adds.
The DWC will also provide a boat rental service for the Sextons at the end of the season.
Dublin Waterfront is one of the biggest boat owners in Ireland and it has invested in some of the best boats on the island.
A boat from the company can cost as much as €500,000, and the DWS can sell a boat for around €500 a day.
“They’re very, very reliable boats, so you’ll see how good they are,” says Tom Fitzgerald, DWS executive director.
The Sexton was commissioned to provide ferry service from the Seirer to the Severee in Dublin.
The company has owned and operated two other boats, one in Dublin Harbour and one in Galway Bay, which can travel for between €200 and €300 a day, depending on the weather.
“We’ve always had boats like that and the water’s good,” says Fitzgerald.
“We don’t have any issues with the water and we’ve never had any problems.”
The boat is powered by a two-cylinder, twin-turbo diesel engine and uses a diesel-electric propulsion system.
Its dimensions are around 60 metres long and 35 metres wide, and it can accommodate between 15 and 18 people.
The boats are able to travel at speeds of up to 20 knots, but the DWR says the SeXTons are not meant to be used for sightseeing, as the ferry company’s own data shows they are not suitable for recreational purposes.
The boat’s owner says the boats have been in service for a long time, but that he has had to sell one recently due to the low number of customers.
“I had a boat on the water, it was sold a year ago and I was getting nothing,” he says.
“It was a very expensive boat, I couldn’t afford to buy it, and I ended up selling it.
I’ve sold my whole fleet.”
He adds that there are other boats on offer from other companies that he can sell to anyone.
“If you go to a place and you’re looking for a boat, they’re not going to put it on the market,” he explains.
“But if you go and they’re on the waterfront, they will sell it to you.”
He also believes that there is potential in providing a boat service in Dublin for people to rent.
“I’m looking at the possibility of providing a ferry service for people who don’t want to travel for sight seeing, but would like to have a boat with them and enjoy it,” he said.
“A ferry boat can be used to travel between the two city centres.
It’s a great way to do that.”
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The service will be operated by the DWD for the next three years.
The DWD says that it is in discussions with the Dublin Harbour Company to run the service.
“As soon as we’re able to find the right partner for this we’ll be announcing that on a regular basis,” said DWD’s director of business development, Michael Cavanagh.
“When it comes to the city we have a lot of good locations for this service.”