Getting Married --small boat charter

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Friday 17 December 2004 12.08am

Hey folks,

My partner and I are getting married in 2005 and we're in the dizzying planning stages. We're looking for a boat that can take about 10 guests from Richmond to Greenwich for a meal (between the ceremony and the reception). All the charters that Google hooks me up with seem to be for much larger groups. Anyone know of a smaller vessel? We don't mind old and rusty as long as it has character.

Any thoughts on this, or any other aspect of the small non-traditional wedding party are most welcome.

=Pen=

Friday 17 December 2004 10.04am
TUMJ & Ivanhoe might be able to give you a lift in a Topper.

I'm going to stick my neck out here and say I suspect that a boat that small might struggle on the tidal reaches of the Thames. Particularly if you want it to take long enough to eat more than a McDonalds.
Friday 17 December 2004 11.11am
For 12 people:

http://www.riverthames.co.uk/boat/charter/london/1874.htm

http://www.heritageboatcharters.com

(I think those might be for the same company, actually).

Friday 17 December 2004 11.22am
Another one - Ogilvy accommodates 12:

http://www.thamesclippers.com/main/charter.aspx
Friday 17 December 2004 11.29am
This company has several boats that take up to 12 people - click on "our fleet" to see the pics.

http://www.bella-tours.com/
Friday 17 December 2004 11.32am
This place specialises in parties of up to 12 people:

http://www.classic-yacht-charters.com/

Both their yachts were used in Dunkirk as well, apparently.

I like this one:

Friday 17 December 2004 12.50pm
I don't know whether its one of the ones already mentioned, but there's a boat of around that size that runs trips that moors up on the slipway at the end of Water Lane in Richmond. Sorry I dont have any contact details.

Ivanhoe and I could probably organise a small fleet of dinghies for you, but I expect that donning winter-thickness wetsuits is not what you had in mind for your guests.
Friday 17 December 2004 1.25pm
We did a similar thing, boat charter from Chelsea to Shad Thames, post Registry Office:

www.thamesluxurycharters.co.uk

were great. Similar size party, all of us outside on the poop deck - or whatever it's called - sipping champagne. Marvellous views.

Trick is to time it so Tower Bridge goes up!

I also spoke to the Dunkirk boats guy that LMJJ posted but there were complications with Henley at that time.

HTH

Al
Sunday 19 December 2004 11.19pm
Amazing that something like that could get across the channel and back safely. Lovely idea going on the Thames - I'm most jealous of your guests.

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