Owning a boat on the River Thames
Imagine owning your own boat… a home from home in a tranquil riverside setting to enjoy any day, weekend or evening. From canoes and small powered boats to motor cruisers and narrowboats, the River Thames is the perfect place to start your adventure.
There are a large number of boatyards dotted along the river that sell new and used boats to suit all budgets. Search in the right hand box to find a boat broker.
If you’ve not brought a boat before, check out our handy guide to buying a pre-owned boat with Thames Boat Sales. Prices can start from £2,000 depending on what type of boat you are looking for.
Once you’ve got your boat, you will need to register it with the Environment Agency, visit their River Thames boat registration pages for more information.
There’s a wide range of boating facilities and services along the River Thames, such as base moorings, boat repairs and fuel sales. To find out what’s available see our Marinas and Services section.
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.
The River Thames offers a great choice for Buying a Boat here are some ideas:
• Thames Boat Sales – Penton Hook and Bray Marinas
• Henley Sales & Charter – various sites from Moulsford-on-Thames to London
• Stanley & Thomas Brokerage - Windsor
• Bushnells Marine Services - Reading
Do you like the idea of self-drive cruising on the River Thames but you’re life’s so busy you can’t find time to look after your own boat?
Henley Boat Club 'Membership Boating' is the easy way to take to the river whenever you want to safe in the knowledge that your boat is maintained and looked after by a family business. Henley Boat Club is a new boating idea conceived by Hobbs of Henley’s Managing Director Jonathan Hobbs in response to market forces. 'With people's increasingly demanding working lives we've noticed it has become more and more difficult for them to find the time to enjoy private ownership of a boat and get the real value of their investment.' 'Membership of The Henley Boat Club gives you freedom to enjoy a choice of Hobbs Boats with none of the cost or hassle of ownership'. Take a look at our Henley Boat Club brochure.
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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.