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.
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.
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:
• 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.
Explore the beautiful, relaxing and inspiring
Take a look at a number of second-hand boats for sale from several different businesses
The River Thames has a great selection of marinas with great facilities, whether you are looking for a berth or somewhere to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. The marinas can be in, or near historic destinations, countryside settings popular attractions and many have excellent restaurants.
British Marine is the trade association for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry. Its members cover boatbuilding, marinas and moorings, boat hire, passenger boats, boat repair, engineering, boat sales and brokerage.
This section of the website provides advice about the process and stages of buying a pre-owned boat from Thames Boat Sales.