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Chertsey Meads Marine Boatyard
River Thames Boats Spares - Sales - Repair - Hire
TEL/FAX: 01932 564699
How do I Travel to the boatyard by Rail?
How far can I cruise my boat in a day?
Is a boating trip really suitable for small children?
As a first time boater, will I be able to manage the boat?
What clothing will I need to take on a boating trip?
What items are forbidden on boats?
Do I need a licence to fish from my boat?
What are the boatyard car parking arrangements?
At what time should I plan to arrive at the boatyard?
What time should I return to the boatyard?
Is fuel and gas included in my boat hire price?
Chertsey rail station is our nearest BR station but Weybridge is the best Main Line station. Fast trains from London are frequent. Both locations require a short Taxi ride to our boatyard and taxis are available at both stations.
How far you cruise your boat depends upon how much time you
actually want to spend at the wheel and how much you spend in the
pub! In a day, a reasonable and achievable distance is Windsor,
although there is no time to stop in Windsor. Views of the Castle
as you cruise through the Great Park are spectacular. There is a
riverside pub at Old Windsor,known as the "Bells of
Ousley", now a Harvester Inn. At Datchet there are public
moorings and a short walk into the town.
Travelling downstream, Teddington is just about possible but we recommend no further than Kingston to allow for stops. Hampton Court and Thames ditton are popular destinations with ample "Lunchtime" facilities.
For 4 hour trips Molsey Lock downstream or Staines upstream are possible.
We recognise that young children are the boaters of the future. For young children boating can be a truly magical experience that will live with them for ever. However, this will only happen if parents get the boating logistics and adult/child ratio right. A less than satisfactory boating experience will be had if there are more very young children than adults in the boat crew. At the boatyard, we can teach you to operate a boat single-handedly. However, remember that you will normally need at least one other crew member for lock operation, apart from the helmsman. Young children should always be supervised on activity holidays. Lifejackets for non swimmers are essential. We provide these on free loan. Please ask on arrival.
We positively encourages first-time boaters! On arrival you
will be instructed on the operation of the boat, handling your
boat, and advice on lock operation and all River matters. All the
locks are operated by lock-Keepers who will usually be very
helpful to first timers.
First rule - travel light. Having the appropriate footwear is important; high-heeled shoes and smooth soles are not very good for operating in an outdoor boating environment - trainers are acceptable but can be very slippery on wet fibreglass decks. Cheap canvas boating shoes are a good investment. Your casual clothing should be suitable for the outdoors but remember to include waterproofs and warm clothing too.
Your personal safety is always in the forefront of our company policy and in the minds of our staff. Customs and practices that may be totally appropriate at home or on land-based holidays can be dangerous if embarked upon without a little thought. For instance, gas fired barbecues, lanterns and petrol powered items are not permitted on our boats. Lit barbecues of any type are not permitted on board at any time. Similarly, neither we, or the waterway authority permit the carriage or use of any type of firearm, air gun or archery weapon. Generators, and all forms of mains voltage electrical equipment brought by you cannot be used aboard our boats; always check with us first.
If you would like to fish during your boat trip you will need a national rod licence - available from your post office. In addition, you may need a day ticket from the appropriate angling club governing the stretch of water you wish to fish. Please keep your maggots in secure containers. Remember others have to use the boat after you and will not appreciate maggots or blowflies on their boat!
We can usually find you a space in our Boatyard. Vehicles are parked free of charge at your own risk. The boatyard will need to have your car keys if there is any possibility of your vehicle blocking another of if it may need moving whilst you are away. Your car keys are probably safer with us than with you whilst you are on board your boat!
Our Day Boats usually depart at 10.00 am. Please do not expect the boats to be ready sooner unless you have agreed an earlier arrival time with us. Similarly, if due to unforeseen circumstances you are likely to be late arriving a the boatyard, we appreciate a call with your revised arrival time.
We must insist that the boats are back by 6.00 pm. We have to clean and repair them ready for the next days hire. Penalty charges will be made for late return and for boats in an unnacceptable condition. Please clean up your rubbish and look after the boats.
When you take over your boat it will be fully fuelled. There are no further charges for Daily Hire.