Our Boats


Thames Skiffs are traditional rowing boats, we have various sizes taking 2 to 6 average sized adults in each. They date from 1894 to present day.

Rowing involves two or four oars depending on the size of boat, two oars per rower. Each boat also has a rudder for steering, the rudder has two ropes, pull left to go left and right to go right.

Punts & Canoes

Punts are long boats seating up to five average sized adults. One person has the pole & the others have paddles.

Traditionally the boat is propelled by pushing a long pole against the river bed and forcing the punt forward through the water. However an easier thing to do is to let everyone paddle & the person with the pole just does the steering.

We have three traditional wooden Canadian Canoes which will seat up to four average size adults, one person paddles at the stern, one at the bow, two people can sit in the middle.

Motor Boats

Our Sister company is Pulteney Cruisers, the longest established boat tour operator in Bath. We have been running boat trips from Pulteney weir in the centre of Bath for over 50 years. Our boats each seat 80 people & have a cafe & toilet on board. There is a sundeck or heated cabin depending on the weather.

We offer a scenic hour’s cruise up the River Avon to the village of Bathampton on our twin decked boats. The trip passes under the historic Pulteney Bridge & out into the beautiful Avon valley.