Chartered Vs. Self-Drive Boats


Having entered another year of Covid-19 uncertainty, making plans for this summer can be really tricky, especially if you’re thinking of traveling abroad. In light of this, we believe that staying local is the best way to plan your summer sunshine activities. Moreover, hiring a boat and heading down to the river is the best way of doing just that.

In this blog post, we will show you a breakdown of Chartered Vs Self-Drive Boats for hire so you can understand which one best suits your outdoor activity requirements.

Chartered Boat Hires

Our chartered boat hires onboard the MV Olympic, a 1968 Metropolitan Police Launch made by Watercraft of Shoreham are the perfect way to experience the Thames in all its glory. With room for up to 10 people, it is ideal for corporate events or events with family and friends.

Onboard the MV Olympic, where the river takes you is completely up to you, our skippers are trained to navigate the river, so there is no limit on destination or route taken. Our boat hires are perfect for you to relax, enjoy the Thames Valley countryside and spend time with the people you care about.


Chartered Hires

  • Unrivaled Luxury

As a small outfit, The Henley Boating Company can offer bespoke and tailored trips for anyone looking for a luxury experience along the river Thames.

  • Catered Service

We offer a bespoke catered serviced to fit your needs. Simply get in touch with us and we will organise an amazing catered service for you.

  • More Space

The MV Olympic is great for social distancing, fresh air, and enough space for you to experience great comfort. Normally our boat can hold 10 people comfortably, however, under Covid-19 restrictions we allow a maximum of 6 people onboard therefore social distancing is definitely achievable.

  • Onboard Captain

One of the biggest benefits of our Chartered service is that you get to enjoy the company of one of our experienced Captains. They’re experts on the river, great company, and will make you feel right at home.

Self-Drive Hires

Self-Drive Boat Hires

  • Full Control

Unlike our chartered services, our self-drive option means that you are the captain. You decide where to go, what to see, and get the experience of navigating the beautiful Thames.

  • Quick and thorough training

There is no need to worry if you have never skippered about before, as one of our experienced captains will give you a quick but thorough training before you set off.  Meaning that you can take to the river with the comfort and knowledge of how to operate our self-drive options.

  • Great family day out

Self-drive boats are perfect for family bonding experiences and all of our customers have thoroughly enjoyed their experience. Our boats fit up to 4 and will allow you and the kids to experience the Thames like never before.

  • A relaxed day out with friends

If you’re looking for a fun day out with friends, our self-drive options are perfect for just that. You can relax and spend some quality time with your loved ones on the river.

Whether you are looking for a corporate day out, a fun family trip, or catching up with friends, get down to the river this summer and hire a boat with the Henley Boating Company!

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