Q: Hi - I wonder if you can offer any advice - we were wondering if we could somehow find out if any members had a holiday boat they would like to swap i.e a canal boat, river cruiser type boat. I've tried searching with boat as key word but it brings lots of results and I suspect just because people have mentioned boats nearby etc not because they've got a boat to swap! Thanks. Sarah
But, members do often offer boats of various types as part of an exchange when listing a house or flat. Using the key word search function in Detailed Search (to do searches on canal boat, yacht, motor boat, cruiser, etc) will bring up a mixture of results with some members offering a boat as part of the exchange, but also some, as you have found, will be describing facilities like boat hire nearby. As there shouldn't be huge numbers in the search results for such phrases, it would be worth doing searches by key phrase, country/area of interest and any other important criteria. Scroll through the search results, reading in full any where the location, dates, etc look like they could suit you, to find members offering boats as part of the exchange.
You can also draw attention to your request by adding something like 'especially interested in a swap that includes a boat', to your destination box; repeat this, adding information on the type of boat you would particularly be interested in to the copy in your second description box and in your exchange offer messages. Word your request carefully so that you don’t put off members with great offers who don’t have a boat to offer! In fact, some that show in search results that describe boat rental facilities nearby may be a good alternative if you can’t find a suitable offer that includes a boat as part of the exchange.
See Sarah’s very attractive home exchange offer in Sandown, Isle of Wight, England (HE20072): 3 bedroom house in ideal location for a family holiday. 10 minutes from sandy beaches and 2 minutes from cliff tops walks.
Sarah has already altered her offer to draw attention to her family’s special interest in boating:
‘We are keen walkers and also enjoy boating, kayaking and beach life in general! We are open to offers absolutely anywhere as we enjoy experiencing new places. We have exchanges arranged now for 2010 so looking for offers for 2011. We are very keen to find members who could offer a canal boat or river cruiser to use for a week next summer.’