Discover the charm of a riverside wedding in Streatley with Pure Boating's electric boat hire.
Planning a wedding in Streatley, Berkshire? The Swan at Streatley is a popular choice amidst a captivating landscape. Whether you choose this venue or another gem in the area, Streatley provides a charming riverside backdrop for your special day, characterised by its scenic beauty, serene atmosphere and the option to enhance your wedding experience by including a romantic cruise on the River Thames.
Pure Boating offers a unique and enchanting wedding experience in Streatley (and other locations on the River Thames) with our skippered electric boat hire service.
Our classic Edwardian launch 'Sapphire Rose', provides a stylish and comfortable setting for bridal parties and guests to enjoy the picturesque riverside scenery. Accompanied by a friendly and skilled skipper, your boat ride is sure to be etched in memory.
Whether for grand arrivals, departures, champagne toasts, or guest cruises, Pure Boating enhances wedding celebrations with a touch of sophistication and tranquillity on the River Thames.
Special moments on the water will ensure an enchanting and magical wedding experience, blending natural beauty with elegance, romance and fun for you and your wedding guests on your big day in Streatley, Berkshire.
We are thrilled to announce that three new types of boats are joining our fleet this year: MiniBoats, an Elite, and 'Ellie'!
Our MiniBoats are the ideal choice for a delightful boating excursion with your children or grandchildren. These boats can seat 2 adults and 2 children, and can be operated by your little ones. They are not toy boats but genuine pint-sized electrically powered vessels guaranteed to delight both children and adults alike, and will be available for hire from our Streatley location at The Swan at Streatley (Coppa Club).
In Wallingford, at our location at the Boat House Pub, we now have an Elite available for groups of up to 8 people. This boat is super stable, spacious and very easy to drive; ideal for a fun day (or a couple of hours) on the water with family, a group of friends or even for a corporate event.
Another exciting addition to our fleet is 'Ellie'. She is a beautiful 12-seater with a bimini to give some protection from the elements. She will be available for hire from all our locations: Streatley, Moulsford and Wallingford, and comes with a skipper to boot, so you can entertain your guests or simply relax and take in the scenery while cruising one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Thames.
We believe that these new additions will provide our customers with more options to fit their needs and preferences. Whether you're looking for an exciting activity in nature with your little ones or a fun experience on the water with a bigger group, we have the boat for you.
As always, we are committed to helping you make memories and providing you with an enjoyable, relaxing and sustainable boating experience.
We look forward to seeing you soon on board one of our boats!
Cruise the Thames sustainably in 2023 - Booking now open!
Attention all boating enthusiasts! We are excited to announce that booking for our electric riverboats is now open for the upcoming season!
We are proud to offer you a variety of boats at three beautiful locations along the Thames between Wallingford and Streatley to fit your requirements and group size.
Whether you are planning a riverside wedding, a romantic proposal, a corporate event, or want to enjoy the river with family and friends, our boats are perfect for a relaxing day on the water.
Our boats are both environmentally friendly, quiet, and easy to manoeuvre, making them perfect for a tranquil boating experience.
We are adding some exciting new boats to our fleet this year! Watch this space for more info on that.
Booking is easy and can be done online, and you can find answers to frequently asked questions about your boat hire in the FAQ section. If you have special requests or requirements, please feel free to contact us by email or phone. We recommend securing a booking early to ensure availability, especially during peak season.
So book a boat today and look forward to your next adventure on the River Thames!
Unforgettable experiences on the water with Pure Boating Gift Vouchers!
As the 2023 season approaches, we at Pure Boating are excited to offer gift vouchers!
These vouchers can be used towards the rental of any of our boats and make the perfect gift for the water lover in your life.
Gift vouchers are such a thoughtful present, allowing the recipient to experience boating on the beautiful river Thames.
Whether they want to spend an afternoon on the water with friends or enjoy a pre or post-prandial cruise, our vouchers give them the freedom to choose the perfect boat and plan the perfect outing on the water.
To purchase a gift voucher, simply visit our website. Vouchers are available in various denominations and can be used towards the rental of any of our boats, and with our wide range of vessels available, there's something for everyone. The vouchers are easy to print if you want to give them in person or can be sent to a lucky recipient by email.
We can't wait to help make 2023 extra special with the gift of a memorable day on the water.
A season to remember: Thanking our customers for a great year on the water
We want to thank you for choosing our boat hire company and for your support throughout the season and hope you had a wonderful time exploring the waterways and creating unforgettable memories with your friends and family.
As the season comes to an end, we want to let you know how much we appreciate your business. Your support allows us to continue providing top-quality boats and exceptional service to our customers.
We can't wait to see you again next season! In the meantime, keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates on our boats and special offers for next season.
Thank you again for choosing Pure Boating. ♡
Check out these troopers!
Nothing could dampen the celebratory spirit of this lovely group of 30-somethings celebrating a birthday on a rainy afternoon this month when our skipper Eric took them out on The Preterist at The Beetle & Wedge in Moulsford.
Smiles like these are what it is all about for us at Pure Boating!
Thank you, Clarice, for your raving review and for choosing us to help make your festivities fun and memorable.
Our launch party at The Swan at Streatley sold out!
Many existing Pure Boating customers, Goring & Streatley locals and some new faces joined us at our launch party at the beginning of the month, where we debuted our new partnership with The Coppa Club & The Swan in Streatley.
We operate four electric 5-seaters there, ideal for a relaxing little cruise for couples or family and friends. They can be hired for as little as 30 mins at a time up to 4 hours.
If you are looking for a bigger boat to hire, maybe for a special birthday, a corporate event, a proposal or your actual wedding, 'Sapphire Rose' will be perfect. She is a stylish recreation of a traditional beaver stern launch from the early 20th century that seats up to 10 and comes with a skipper to boot!
Here we took 'Sapphire Rose' out for a drive at our Streatley location for you to see her in action.
From May 16th, picnics can be ordered online from Coppa to take with you on your boat trip, making your cruise even more enjoyable.
The locals seemed to rather enjoy the idea of having a boat hire option on their doorstep, and we anticipate that the bustling Coppa Club will fill our boats on the weekends.
Needless to say, we at Pure Boating are excited about the coming season in Streatley and hope you will join us for the ride.
May 6th - You are invited!
To celebrate our return to Coppa at The Swan in Streatley we are having a casual boating party along the river at The Swan for all Goring and Streatley residents to come and have the opportunity to see what we do and get afloat for a test drive.
So come along on May 6th 2022 from 5pm.
Free of charge, all locals are welcome, we just ask you to please register your interest via the booking link below, so we know to expect you.
We are excited to announce that our booking system is open! We will be operating from The Swan at Streatley, The Boat House in Wallingford and The Beetle & Wedge in Moulsford. Make sure to get your bookings in early to avoid disappointment! We look forward to seeing you all afloat!
Captain Rod's training notes
Unlike private boat owners, you are part of a commercial enterprise and your employer has a legal duty of care to you and your customers. This means that in case there is an accident you must be able to show that:
You have considered the risks involved and have a written risk assessment,
You have received adequate training and
Any accidents or injuries are recorded.
Any dangerous (i.e. life threatening) incidents must be reported to the authorities by law.
We talked about safety precautions, how to rescue someone from the water and how to help people on and off the boat.
I explained that most boats have a rudder behind a propeller so that the propeller jet stream passing the rudder allows you to steer even when the boat is stationary. However, in reverse the rudder has no effect until you are going backwards quite fast, so we steer the boat going forwards and reverse slowly in a straight line.
Some electric boats, like the one we used, have no rudder: instead there is a motor and propeller in a steerable pod where the rudder would be. This works like an outboard motor and steers as well in reverse as forwards.
Always steer first, then apply power.
Always go very slowly when manoeuvring in a confined space.
Always be aware of wind and current, strength and direction.
Red and green buoys are channel markers: when going upstream keep green (starboard) buoys on your right and red (port) buoys on your left to avoid going aground. The opposite applies when going downstream. Yellow buoys indicate underwater obstructions or shallows.
After casting off always coil the mooring lines ready for use: never let the stern line trail in the water – it will foul the propeller sooner or later.