Dan’s Boating Pages

Welcome to my website covering some of my interest in inland boats!



Past Fleets

- Broads - Thames
- Canals - Other

My Holidays

Cruiser Styles

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Here’s some companies or bases from the past that I remember or have fond memories of. Some are still running but may no longer be running a hirefleet. Please use the link above to contact me with any others you recall.

Past Fleets & Bases - River Thames

Ambrose Marine of Hampton Court: Last year 1991, boats put into T.W.Allen’s hirefleet from 1992
Benson Cruisers of Benson: Last year 1989. Bought by Maid Boats for 1990.
Benson Pleasurecraft of Benson: First year 1992, last year 1998. Later to become the Swancraft base.
Bridge Boats of Reading: Last year 2008 or 2009. Most craft transferred to Caversham Boat Services fleet.
Bushnells of Maidenhead: Last year 1987
Chertsey Meads Marine of Chertsey: Still going, last year with hirefleet 2006.
Connoisseur Cruisers of Staines: 1986 & 1987 only
Ferryline Cruisers of Thames Ditton: First year 1992, last year 2002.
Kingcraft of Datchet then Abingdon: Still going, last year with holiday hirecraft around 1999.
Maid Boats (Multi-Based Thames operator): Last year 1991. Sold to New Horizon/Richardsons group. Their base became Maidline Cruisers (Wallingford), Ferryline Cruisers (Thames Ditton), Benson Pleasurecraft (Benson)
Red Line Cruisers of Abingdon then Eynsham: Last year 2001.
Rockingham Leisure of Penton Hook Marina (Chertsey): Last year with hirefleet 2010.
Salter Bros of Reading & Oxford: Last year of hirefleet 1989
T.J Turk & Son of Chertsey & Kingston: Last year of hirefleet 1988
Waterline of Maidenhead: Last year 1989. Also had a base at Runneymede for 1987 only.

Benson Pleasurecraft. 1998