About Our Boat Company

The Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company consists of four prestigious vessels, The Georgian, The Golden Salamander, The Southern Comfort and The Pink Champagne, servicing the Thames from Greenwich and Central London to Windsor and Henley on Thames. We take pride in the appearance and the service we deliver, combined with exquisite menus, to make ever the most memorable event.

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From birthdays to anniversaries, weddings and corporate days, we are sure to cater for every occasion. With clients from as far away as Hong Kong and America and as close to home as Berkshire, The Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company has a reputable reputation with clients worldwide. With local links to riverside restaurants and hotels we can be sure to tailor an event individual to your needs.

Built on a team of family and friends, The Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company has a passion for the River Thames and first service at its heart.

Whether you have just a seed of an idea, or already have a clear vision of how you see your event, get in touch and let us help you set your event sailing.

Our Company Mission

We are committed to delivering the very highest standard of service and professionalism available. Our clients know that when they book with the Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company their event is in safe hands. Please do let us know if you have a special request and most of all relax and let us take care of the details.

Your Safety

We want all our customers to have the time of their lives. Please remember that your safety is our primary concern. A full safety announcement will be made after boarding but please take extra care, especially of children playing whilst you are waiting by the river.

Price Match Promise

The Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company is committed to delivering an outstanding service and experience at a competitive price. The quotation that we send you is based on that commitment. This commitment also means that we promise to match prices with any other boat operators in either London, or the Upper Thames between Staines and Henley on Thames, based on a comparable service and experience. Comparable service conditions include, location, boat, catering, and other price offers within the quotation We do need you to supply via email, a copy of the quotation received from other boat operators so that we can implement our promise.

The Windsor & Maidenhead Team

Gareth Pugh

Director

I’ve been working on the River Thames since I was 16 years old and frankly it feels like it’s in my blood. I could not think of a better job. Love it, Live it, Breath it. On leaving university with my post graduate degree in culinary arts I moved on to working in Canary Wharf, The Ivy and the Waggon and Horses. Whilst working in my passion of food, I still missed the river, and when the chance came to own the boats, well, it was a no brainer. Combining my two passions, food and the river, seemed like a perfect recipe for success. Making it work is no easy feat but thanks to some great family, friends and a fantastic co-director I have around me I am proud to put my name to this business.

Gemma Brace

Director

With a passion for the river and it running through a generation, I am delighted to be able to work inside my love and passion, the river Thames. I grew up on the river and started my career in passenger boats when I was 16 with my father. I have watched the river change over the years and the clients it brings to it. I enjoy nothing more than being out on the water, but these days due to the new adventure Gareth and myself have undertaken with this new business, I spend a lot of my time in the office running the backbone of the company. Surrounded by an enthusiastic, close knit, hard work working team I can’t wait to see this business grow and thrive within the industry.

Richard Pugh

Senior Upper Thames Skipper

When the sun is shining and I am out on the river, I could be anywhere in the world. Seeing people having fun and making their day’s memorable, is one of the most rewarding parts of being a passenger boat skipper. My passion is woodwork to which the boats keep me and my varnish brush busy with all year round. Not to say when the boats go out looking stunning I feel really proud to be a part of it. I cannot wait to welcome you aboard.

Adrian Allworth

Senior London Skipper

Having worked on the Thames for over three decades and starting my career in central London it is exciting to be able to have the opportunities to work on the tranquil upper stretches and still work the ever changing vibrant London scene. It is a pleasure to pass on my experience of passenger boats, which I like to call floating hospitality venues!, to the next generation of operators. Having spent the time doing the research behind our group tour commentary’s I find I am still learning fun and interesting facts about the Thames. What better way to spend the working day than surrounded by history in the fresh air on the River Thames.

Samantha Pugh

On Board Hospitality

I moved down south from a small town in Cumbria, and the river gives me the community feeling of being back home. I have a passion for cross-stitch and fancy dress and was delighted to be a part of the props team in making the Thames at War and the Downton Experience costumes. Whist working on the river can sometimes throw up a challenge here or there, it’s made enjoyable by the beautiful scenery and the on-board hospitality team that I work with. Windsor and Maidenhead Boat Company has given me the opportunity to experience some old age traditions, like Swan Upping, Henley Royal Regatta and the fireworks of New Year’s Eve in London, and I look forward to more to come.