River Thames London Boat Blog

About the author

Hi my name is Chris and I used to work for one of the top London boat hire companies on the river Thames in London owned by Chris Livett, in fact I still do a little work for him now, such as this informational River Thames boat blog.

The Thames is simply beautiful and I recommend anyone who has not yet done so to get out on a boat as soon as possible. Anyone who has been lucky enough will know what I am talking about. It is almost impossible to replicate that feeling as you glide past some of London’s most famous landmarks, glass of champagne in hand, gentle breeze on your face, almost sheilded from the hustle and bustle of Central London.

As well as working on organising private charters I also helped organise some of the most extreme filming and publicity stunts the River Thames has ever seen. One of the latest to be released is the Harry Potter movie where they fly up the river on their broom sticks.

When I first moved to London and started work on the river one of the older Watermen said to me, “Once you work on the Thames it never leaves you” and now 7 years later I can confirm he was right! It was one of the most exciting chapters of my life and I have many fond memories.

I hope you enjoy this blog and find the information within useful. Please let me know if there are any areas you would like me to cover as it will help with future topics.

Please do add links to it and let me know if in return I can link to your website/blog/etc.


8 thoughts on “About the author

  1. Tim on said:

    Hi Chris,

    Nice website and good description of all the speed boats and RIBS.

    Shame is, that if the PLA get their way, a draconian speed limit will soon be imposed on most of the Thames all the way out to Gravesend, which means the speedboats will have to travel so slowly you’d get more thrills from being in a rowing boat with Aunt Mavis on the Serpentine!

    I hope you and your contacts are opposing this terrible new bylaw.

    Best wishes

  2. Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the message and it is indeed a concern!
    I believe there maybe certain exemptions available if/when they apply a restriction which will allow certain operators the ability to contiune at ‘high speed’. As you say, and I agree, I really hope they don’t blanket the limit as I beleive like on public roads speed is not a problem it is inappropriate speed that is the issue. I also note that the river bus service operates at high speed…


  3. Hi Chris

    Very nce informative web site. I was wondering if you knew of any companies hiring out an affordable Power Boat with own Skipper proving a tailored individual service – such as a 2 hour trip and a picnic along the Thames or a romantic champagne cruise for 2.

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for the comment and glad you found the site interesting and useful.
      I have forwarded your info on and hopefully someone will be in touch with you soon.


  4. peter osborn on said:

    hello chris
    would it be possible to add a link from your web site to


    The Rotary clubs of Cookham Bridge and Marlow Thames organise an annual fun regatta on the river Thames in aid of local and internationlal charities. It involves races with dragooboats, canoe catamarans, and dongolas (a canoed punt). There is planty of fun on the landside as well.
    Date: Sat Sept 5 2009

  5. Hi

    As a fellow Thames lovers, I thought I’d drop you a line to tell you about my recently published book ‘The River’s Revenge’.

    A crime novel, the backdrop is the Met’s Marine Unit at Wapping, although I have chosen to keep their former, more romantic title of Thames Division, which has rarely appeared in crime fiction. However, it’s a very contemporary story about a very real terrorist threat, which begins with a body being pulled from the river.

    The story based on meticulous research, supported by information from serving and former marine officers including former PC Bob Jeffries, now a trustee of the Thames River Police Museum and Archive,who rewardingly described The River’s Revenge as a “A cracking good read!”

    My website obviously promotes the book (!), but there’s also lots of background to see and read about the origins of the river police, the surrounding community and more.



  6. A compadre is planning a Round Britain charity run in an offshore powerboat racer this year and may overnight at St Katherines for some publicity. What IS the speed limit from the estuary to Wapping?

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