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Bygone Boating is a fairly new company to the boating holiday industry.

This is now our 4th season, and yes, we survived last year - we were actually very busy from July 4th! In to the new season, and 'staycations' are on the up. Long may it continue :)

We are still relatively small, and will never be too large to not give a personal service, and we will be adding new craft as they get restored. See ‘Our Boats’.

In the meantime, small is:

  • Personal
  • Friendly
  • Individual


Our philosophy: 

  • To always go that extra mile.
  • Treat our guests holiday as if it were our own.
  • Fit our boats out to be as comfortable and as functional as possible

Please note that our season (and most hire boat businesses on the Thames) runs from April to Early October. The last 3 Octobers have been very wet, and the Thames has been in flood, so boats not allowed out anyway, therefore we have made the decision to close  after the first week of October - sorry!

We always welcome your feedback – Facebook best option - or email us.

We love wooden boats. We love our wooden boats and we hope you do too! Although our Freeman does have a fibre glass hull, she still has lots of wood!

We do all the work on them ourselves - although, admittedly, Jeff definitely does the bulk of the work - but I help as much as I can.


I work on sanding, varnishing, painting, sustenance, marketing, admin, accounts, buying, customer service, cleaning plus ...

Jeff works on carpentry, mechanics, electrics, plumbing, big painting jobs, big sanding jobs, working out where things are going to go, and how they will work, drinking tea plus......

We have finally added another boat, one that is well travelled, and now a fully fledged hire boat, Ruby, but renamed Rubette, to fit in with our other boat names. Still hoping that Alouette will join us, but possibly not for a year or two, as a lot of work, and now, little time to work on her. Gives us something to do in the winter though...

Take care all

Sue :)


Did you Know?


On average there is one dead body hauled out of the Thames each week. Perhaps this is due to the POLAR BEAR in the Thames. In 1252 King Henry III received a bear as a gift from Norway. He kept it in the Tower of London and used to let it swim in the river to catch fish. Maybe the bear has ancestors… I feel we are spreading a Loch Ness Monster scale rumour here!