The appetite for the E type of the river runs on unabated as customers from as far afield as Australia and Dubai contact us to buy “one of those lovely launches with the elegant stern”. Hennerton Queen, pictured, is just one of the many beautiful slipper launches that we currently have for sale.
In the spring HSC will be selling “Wiltshire Lad”, our very own slipper launch complete with a year’s guarantee. She is dark navy with a smart hood and interior and will be emerging from our workshop in immaculate condition. Watch this space…
From one slipper to another, Jobelle starred in a recent edition of Country Life with an eligible bachelorette on board. The highly accomplished photographer Chris Allerton came down from London on a chilly autumn morning and was most taken with the river scene (he can be seen in action below). Luckily for him and Sarah the sun broke through the clouds on cue and they managed to get a fantastic shot.
On the subject of beautiful photographs, we would like to introduce our HSC Instagram account. Here you can find beautiful pictures of our river jaunts, lovely boats for sale and glorious sunny charter photos. Any contributions are kindly welcome and please give us a follow! Find us at henleysalesandcharter.
Continuing on with gorgeous photographs, Jim Donahue – one of our fantastically talented local photographers and author of A Portrait of Henley-on-Thames – has several stunning images of the river on a misty morning as well as many others. These can be found on sale at Boatique and make ideal gifts either pre-mounted or printed onto large boards. They are priced at £49.95 and £129 respectively.
Andrews Day Launches
All cognoscenti of the slipper stern launch seem to prefer the Andrews version. Certainly they built a great many boats of this design in the 25 and 30ft versions with two also measuring 50ft, including Baby Greyhound (how big was Daddy Greyhound going to be?!)
Presumably some lovers of the open launch who required more seating and a fixed roof encouraged Andrews to build them a 25ft boat with a day cabin in the early fifties and so the eponymous day launch was created. A steady number were built over the years between 1951 and 1965 when Starlight (now Joanna and electric, pictured) was delivered as hull number 478. HSC sold Waterlady this summer but Peerless Admiral, Sambuca and now Lady Myrtle are all still available for sale. Each day launch is very different. Some have a loo compartment, some have a galley, some have folding doors which open the boat right up between the forward cockpit and the cabin. The early boats were built of solid mahogany while a number of the later ones were mainly ply. The boats are particularly attractive to young families who need the freeboard to prevent accidental dunkings. The snug cabin can also be useful for afternoon naps while the owners of Peerless Admiral who are both almost six feet tall, have enjoyed several long trips on the Thames sleeping aboard with their dog.
Last month we featured the Dog and Badger in Medmenham and this month we wanted to tell you about the new Coppa Club at the Great House at Sonning where we enjoyed morning coffee by a cosy log fire while discussing our charter operation for next season. The bistro and bar are open to non residents 7 days a week from 8 till late, and the menu looks absolutely sublime. Give it a try and tell us what you think.
From Henley to Holland
While travelling and reading about travel we like to find other companies around the world who run similar charter operations to ourselves. A company in Holland recently made contact as they were thinking of selling on their British steam launch and were seeking advice from us. If you are visiting do book a charter with Tehernehaven and report back to us. Equally if you are travelling and enjoy a cruise on a vintage boat please take a few photos and let us know.
While we have a record number of boats under cover this winter Stuart and Ali continue to find suitable indoor quarters for our customers. If you are concerned about rising river levels or are leaving the country for the winter and just want to be sure that your boat is well looked after, please give Alex a ring on 01491 578870 to discuss storage options.
Alastair Fitzimons (better known as Ali) has been working for HSC for the best part of four years, initially as charter crew during his University holidays. This summer he moved up in the boating world and became a fully fledged skipper – you probably saw him gently easing Midsomer Maiden along the water under the midday sun. He has now joined our army of staff full time, where you will find him at the barns, on the water or in the office. Ali has a degree in Business Studies and is now doing fieldwork research for his masters in pressure washing and antifouling….