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Bygone Boating is a fairly new company to the boating holiday industry, having just finished our 6th season!!

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. This makes the river dangerous for boats, 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, 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.


We have added boats, one that was well travelled in, by us, but is now a fully fledged hire boat - Ruby- renamed Rubette, to fit in with our other boat names. Last year we added Henriette - aka Moorhen. A beautiful little boat, built in 1948, by Moore & Sons in the Norfolk Broads. A real favourite already! So what for next year....? Watch this space..

Further updates soon.......

Sue :)


Did you Know?


The River Thames may take its name from the Sanskrit Tamas meaning “dark” as its waters are often dark and cloudy; another school of thought is that it is named after the Roman Tam meaning “wide” and Isis meaning water.