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Here we highlight the basics.
Our flagship boat, Bernadette ll,  and Claudette lV, are both Classic wooden motor cruisers, built in 1952 & 1965 respectively.

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.

Evette lll, built in 1972, is a mere youngster compared to the others, still over 40 years old, so again not all the 'bells and whistles' that modern boats have, but all the comforts you need - and she still needs a 'driver' 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.


As stated previously, we do 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 a full tank of fuel, we ask that you return the boat with the same! Benson Waterfront has fuel, but really only available mid week. There are however various places along the Thames to refuel as necessary- see the onboard copy of the River Thames book, and the list we have done of fuelling points and also pump outs on the river. We would suggest though, that you go to Better Boating (down river) or Abingdon (up river) to 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.


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 take some more bottled water with you as welI. 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! It will ensure the batteries are always fully charged for your needs. Motto - 'love your batteries'!

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

Pets aren't allowed on Bernadette ll, but we will allow one well behaved dog on Claudette lV and Evette lll. We do, however,  believe that dogs have their place – and that isn’t on the beds or lounge seating. Sorry! There will be a small charge if bringing your dog (or other pet) with you.

Look forward to meeting you all!

Happy Bygone Boating