Pratical Boat Owner: Next week the Queen will become the longest-serving monarch in British history. To mark the occasion, the Thames Festival Trust is organising a flotilla of historic vessels, leisure cruisers and passenger boats along the Thames from midday on Wednesday, 9 September.
The Totally Thames event will run between Tower Bridge and Houses of Parliament and feature vessels such as Havengore and Gloriana, which participated in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in 2012, as well as the fireboat, Massey Shaw.
Spectators are being urged to line the riverbank to create a wave of applause as the boats pass.
Boat owners are invited to join the procession to celebrate the occasion, which will mark the 63 years and 216 days since The Queen came to the throne.
The procession will begin east of Tower Bridge at midday, with the vessels sounding their horns for one minute.
The bridge will lift as a sign of respect and as the procession passes by HMS Belfast, a four gun salute will sound and Massey Shaw will shoot jets of water into the air.
The procession will end approximately 30 minutes later outside the Houses of Parliament with a final fanfare and ‘three cheers’.
Yachting Boating World: GetMyBoat launches the first ever app to allow owners to rent out their fleet.
It’s undoubtable that AirBnB has changed the way people book accomodation when travelling, and the same concept has now been launched for yachts and boats.
The clever people at GetMyBoat, the biggest boat and yacht rental on the market, have come up with an ingenious idea.
Its new feature SleepAboard is a very similar concept to AirBnB, where owners can rent out their homes, or in this case their watercraft.
“Sleep Aboard is a boat-and-breakfast-type experience where travelers can stay aboard owners’ boats without leaving the dock.”, states the company’s press release.
GetMyBoat already has around 35,000 vessels in 143 countries on their books and Sleep Aboard has already proved popular in the US and Europe.
Prices for a one day stay range from $200 to $4,000, depending on the craft. Most owners don’t allow renters to take the boat out but some provide excursions at an additional coast.
“There are boating bed and breakfasts in Newport, Miami, and San Francisco; houseboats on landlocked lakes where people want to stop and enjoy some fresh air. In Amsterdam, houseboats are popular, while in the United Kingdom, canal boats are the norm.”, said GetMyBoat CIO Bryan Petro in a statement.
“We are committed to growing boating worldwide at GetMyBoat. Sleep Aboard is yet another way to reach new boaters and ensure the growth of an activity everybody should have the opportunity to experience. We’re happy to introduce the feature and excited to see its impact on how the world goes boating.”.
This is of course good news for boat owners too, who can lighten the coast of their upkeeping by renting out their beloved fleet.