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Houseboat advice

The River Thames Society is pleased to host a new checklist for prospective houseboat-buyers on this website, in a bid to reduce the number of people caught out in what is an increasingly expensive yet unregulated market.

Compiled by Hilary Pereira, RTS member and chair of the Upper Tideway Branch, the document outlines some of the pitfalls potential buyers might face and provides a comprehensive list of questions that should be asked prior to contract exchange, from whether the boat and moorings are fit for purpose to what would happen if it all went wrong. 

Click here to view a copy.


2018 AGM

The Society’s 56th Annual General Meeting took place on 21st April at the Hurlingham Yacht Club, Putney.

Members welcomed our President Lord Owen and Vice-President Lady Borwick ,received and endorsed the annual report and accounts, elected the Council and discussed a number of river-related matters.

Of Council members, Les Jones and David lambert were re-elected with  Branch chairmen endorsed as ex-officio members  :  Colin Reynolds (Upper Thames), John Skuse (Middle Thames), Jackie Lambert (Teddington to Old Windsor), Hilary Pereira (Upper Tideway), Peter Finch (Central Tideway & Estuary).

At a subsequent Council meeting Peter Finch was elected Chairman, Les Jones OBE Vice-Chairman, Non-Tidal, Jack Betteridge Vice-Chairman, Tidal and John Tamsitt, Honorary Treasurer.

Our Company Secretary and Honorary Solicitor, Guy Barlow and Independent Examiner, Ian Anderson were thanked for their service during the year.

The meeting was followed by presentation of the Thames Heritage Trust and River Thames Society annual awards - see Awards page for details.

RTS out and about on the river:

Tudor Pull

Tudor Pull

(picture credit: Sue Milton)

RTS’s cutter the Thames Guardian joined the Queen’s row barge Gloriana in the annual ceremonial Tudor Pull .

Rowed by the Royal Watermen and escorted by craft from the City Livery Companies, and other clubs and organisations, Gloriana carried the ‘stela’ – a slice of ancient wooden water pipe – from Hampton Court Palace to the Tower of London.