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Our Boats

Our ‘Flagship’ – Bernadette II – 2 + 2 berth    

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30ft of classic Bates Star Craft.

Built in 1952, for the same price as two semi-detached houses!

Says a lot – good design, quality materials and fittings, hand made by craftsmen.

She initially was part of the ‘Bates’ hire fleet, how long she was engaged as such is not known, but she has obviously passed through a number of private hands since then!

However, she has been well maintained throughout the years, with modifications along the way.

The obvious one is the engine change, from petrol to a BMC 1.5 diesel and the fitting of a ‘Jet thruster’!

To bring her in line with current BSS standards, we have paid attention to many areas, entirely replacing the saloon windows, additional water tanks, a 1000 w inverter, a new fridge and additional worktop space and storage in the galley.


New mattresses have been fitted to the forward cabin and memory foam toppers available for the saloon berths.
Central heating has been fitted, with radiators in the forward berth, head and saloon.

We also include a TV with internal DVD and a Stereo DAB radio  - that can play music from your phone too.

Also on board:   

  • Shore power – 240v, USB socket                                                                                    
  • Shower, flush toilet, wash basin, bathroom cabinet
  • Gas oven & hob
  • Full set of cooking utensils, crockery and cookware, toaster, kettle, cafetiere.
  • T Towels, washing up liquid and wash ups
  • Tea, Coffee and Sugar. essential spices if you like to cook!
  • Hair Dryer, Iron
  • Bedding, towels and pillows                                                                                        
  • Cleaning materials                                                                                                                
  • Bouyancy jackets                                                   


Claudette IV – 4/5 berth     Optimized-IMG_1164.JPG Optimized-SAM_1107.JPG



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A Johnsons 30. Built in 1965

Claudette will now be ready for the start of the 2018 season. Bit of a delay, but we want her to be 'just right'!

Designed by Arnott Fowler, who was well known for many boat designs of the time, at various Norfolk yards

A lot of the work has already been completed, including replacing some planks on the bottom and top sides – then a complete epoxy sheathing on the hull. We have managed to keep most of the mahogany interior, but painted the ceiling white to give her a light and airy feel - the oak beams have been kept too.She is painted and varnished inside and the shower room is finished!. Nice size shower! She has had a bow thruster fitted and there are new appliances, alongside existing features, and warm air heating. Claudette will have everything on board that Bernadette has. Claudette has a ‘forward helm’ position, Claudettand the roof of the saloon goes back leaving the saloon completely open. Jeff is fitting a mechanism to make it really easy to retract.

Update - all done and both at Benson! Claudette is proving very popular too!

Antoinette – 4/6 berth - A Herbert Woods ‘Silver Light’ - 30’ - to follow



Please note all of our boats are non smoking

Did you Know?


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