Relax as you cruise past the stunning gold gates of Hampton Court Palace as its grounds roll down to Old Father Thames. This is where Henry VIII, perhaps accompanied by one of his wives, would have set sail at high tide to be rowed down the river to London, possibly to the Palace of Westminster or the Tower.
Enjoy the scenery and the tranquillity of the River as you pass architecture that spans the ages.
Built by Broom Boats, a family owned boat builder in Norfolk, in 1980 “Knot Arf” is a sea going vessel and has been from Holland to the Channel Islands with her owner, Andrew Bernstein, at the helm.
In 2012 she took part in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee Thames Boat Pageant and proudly flies the flag awarded to participants of the day.
In 2015 she led the support flotilla for the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships to Dunkirk for the 75th Anniversary commemorative return to scene of the 1940 Operation Dynamo where those wonderful craft rescued the troops from the shores. Plans are afoot for Knot Arf to lead the support fleet on the 80th return too.
Andrew and Knot Arf also took care of Naomi Riches, a Paralympic gold medal winner for rowing, when she set the record for a single female rower in 2016 on a passage from the source of the Thames to Gravesend – 165 miles in less than 48 hours. Andrew and Knot Arf have had a few great years both at sea and on the Thames.
Enjoy refreshments in the large saloon or out on deck as you watch the people watching you and take in the variety of views from the hustle and bustle of Kingston-Upon –Thames to the lovely greenery through Sunbury, passing Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare and other interesting sights.
Andrew holds certificates as a Dayskipper and Inland Waterways Instructor and also First Aid at Sea. He is an accomplished competitor in boat handling competitions on the Thames and is also very safety aware and he and Knot Arf comply with all regulations associated with carrying passengers on the non-tidal River Thames.
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