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Boat Builders & Boatyards on the River Thames

The River Thames offers a great choice for those looking to have a boat restored or a new one built and the long established boatyards along the Thames also offer many other services. It is wonderful to see the traditional built craft on the river today. You will find some of the finest builds and restorations anywhere from these boatyards.

Boat Building

Wooden boat building is a very traditional craft on the Thames and for some of the boat builders, it has been in the family for a few generations. Advice can be provided by experts on engines, design and boat types. Plus Stanley & Thomas offer a wooden oar & scull maker. Traditional methods are now combined with modern design to produce new boats. Boats can be built to your individual design.

Boat Restoration & Repairs

No job is too small from the smallest job of painting or varnishing, or simple Anti-foulding to a complete rebuild.  Resprays, restoring and renovation and maintenance are all provided by skilled craftsman.

Boat Sales

The boatyards and marinas along the Thames provide excellent brokerages for buying and selling new and second hand boats from budget to luxury, from punts to luxury cruisers. Read our Guide to Buying a Pre-Owned Boat.


Many of the boatyards can offer moorings as well as winter storage.

Other Services offered:
•        Engineering
•        Cranage
•        Hard standing
•        Composite repairs.

Visit Thames recommends:

  • Hobbs of Henley - As well as our luxurious passenger vessels, river trips and self drive motor launches at Hobbs of Henley we also provide a comprehensive river and boating service from our Henley base on the River Thames in Oxfordshire. This includes boat storage, mechanical and repair services
  • Salters Steamers - Salter's have been building boats since 1858 and are renowned for producing high quality robust and attractive craft, tough enough to cope with both the hire trade and private use.
  • Stanley & Thomas has been established in Windsor since 1983. Located at Romney Lock they offer full boatyard facilities including boat sales, boat building and restoration. Take a look at some of the boats they’ve restored.

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