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

Last season, our 4th, was our busiest season so far! Looking forward to 2022, and hopefully 'staycations' will remain on the up. Long may it continue :)

We are still relatively small, and will never be too big to not give a personal service. We will be adding new craft as they get restored to grow the 'fleet'. 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 October. The last few Octobers have been very wet, and the Thames has been in flood, so boats would not be allowed out anyway, therefore we have made the decision to close  after the first week of October for the foreseeable future - sorry!

We always welcome your feedback, Facebook best option, Google 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 added another boat this year, one that was well travelled, but now a fully fledged hire boat - Ruby- but renamed Rubette, to fit in with our other boat names. Alouette still in our plans, but another purchase is taking precedence - Henriette - aka Moorhen. A beautiful little boat, built in 1948! Fingers crossed, she will be available for the start of next season, with good luck and a following wind! :) Or should I say, lots of hard work.

Further updates soon.......

Sue :)


Did you Know?


The Thames is the home to many different types of creatures. Lots of birds can be found at different points along the course of the Thames from source to mouth (such as herons, moorhens, grebes, kingfishers and coots). The Thames supports lots of different fish species too, including: trout, chub, roach, pike and many more