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Here we highlight the basics.
Our flagship boat was Bernadette ll,  now we also have 4 other boats on our small fleet - Claudette lV, Rubette, Henriette and Evette. Apart from Evette (a classic Freeman) our boats are all wooden classics, built between the 40's and 60's.

As such, they cannot be directly compared with modern motorboats and, although certainly not difficult to handle, they do need to be driven by someone with some experience.

We will spend time with you prior to you setting off on you holiday on the Thames, to ensure you are happy, and every care will have been taken to make your break pleasurable and relaxing.


We treat your holiday exactly as we would wish ours to be, and hopefully nothing has been forgotten! Let us know if we have!!

We will send you off with more than sufficient fuel in the tank, we ask that you return the boat with roughly the same! There is no fuel at Benson Waterfront - even though the River Thames book says there is! There are however, various places along the Thames to refuel as necessary, see the onboard copy of the River Thames book. We also provide a list of fuelling points and pump out sites on the river. The easist, and closest places are Better Boating (down river) or Abingdon (up river). They will enable you to bring your boat back with the right amount of fuel!

There is a full bottle of gas supplied, alongside the working bottle on all boats, apart from Rubette, which is gas free.


The Holding Tank will be empty and cleansed, and the water tanks full of fresh water. We do supply some bottled water, but however suggest that you do bring some more bottled water with you. Keep an eye on the 'waste' gauge so you can work out when you may need to 'pump out'! 

Please take particular note of the way electricity works on a boat - batteries! Try to ensure the batteries are always fully charged, so have hot water, lights, TV and your phones charged etc!. Motto - 'love your batteries' - if something doesnt work it's usually because the batteries are low. Keep them so there is at least 3 lights showing on the inverter.

Jeff has designed a chart which informs you where everything is, and how it works, but we are always on the end of the phone for any questions.

Pets are allowed on our boats. We do, however, believe that pets have their place – and that isn’t on the beds or seating areas. Sorry! There will be a small charge if bringing your dog (or other pet) with you, and we would appreciate it if you could brush up after them.

Look forward to meeting you all!

Happy Bygone Boating