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Update on Future Plans

There have been some exciting developments at the Boat Project in the past few months, in two main areas – boat development and fundraising.

The Board of Trustees has given formal approval for the construction of a new day boat, based on a high-level specification – in terms of build, accessibility and facilities.  We are now in the process of appointing a naval architect to develop the detailed specification that will be put out to tender. This is a discrete piece of work, but obviously the more detail at this stage, the more robust will be the tender document and the final estimates.  We will be inviting three yards to tender.

The decision to construct, as opposed to purchase/refit, was taken following an assessment of the benefits/drawbacks of each approach, and drawing on professional advice. As a disabled-access boat, we have very distinct requirements.

We also spent time considering whether to increase passenger capacity above our current numbers. Client feedback, together with the regulatory challenges of increasing the number of passengers we carry, led us to conclude that 12 (including up to six wheelchairs) is still the optimum number. Any more and the impact on client service – and costs – could be negative.

We are still crafting the plan and the message for a public fundraising campaign – as it’s not just about boat building – but our private fundraising is going well. Thanks to some very generous individual donations already received, and a further source of funds that we are in the process of finalising, we are in a great place and able to move forward quickly.  The behind-the-scenes support the Charity has received for this project has been more than we could ever have hoped for and we consider ourselves to be very fortunate indeed.

Louise Sibley, Chair of Trustees

(Reproduced from the RTBP Friends Spring Newsletter)

Miranda’s Anniversary

1st April was Miranda’s 25th anniversary with the River Thames Boat Project and all of her Chairs (except the late Martin Emerson), other Trustees and long term volunteers gathered on the boat to thank her for her enormous contribution to growing the Charity over the years.

One of the many comments on Miranda’s card read ‘Congratulations Miranda on the 25th anniversary of the time you started with RTBP and thank you for all you have done during your time with it.  You should be proud of what has been achieved.  It has proved a wonderful Charity with so much done for so many people.

Miranda and chairs Miranda's 25th

Cakes courtesy of Louise Sibley and Linda Varney!

From the Wheelhouse

Crew refresher training started earlier than usual this year – necessitated by School on the River bookings and a very early first client trip on 29th March!  This year’s training was a ‘back to basics’, reinforcing knowledge and experience of evacuation, fire extinguishers and safety equipment. We mustn’t forget our knot know how too!

How lucky we are to have enjoyed such a warm and glorious spring – the opportunity was not missed to call upon our volunteers to help with the never-ending task of painting.  Thanks to the team that turned out Venturer is looking shipshape again. We have a few more tasks to complete including the installation of a new all-singing and -dancing VHF radio which will give us hands-free communication with the bow crew from the wheelhouse.

The new intake of volunteers have also been put through their paces on our new crew training day  – we wish them well as we look forward to another season of making memories for crew and clients alike.

Peter Oldham, Skipper

Final instalment of dry dock news by Peter Oldham

The final few days of dry dock are always like a rush to the finish line but I’m pleased to say we made it and Venturer returned to her home mooring on Monday under grey skies and a bitter breeze.

With the priorities of inspecting /painting the hull, and replacement of the rudder skeg bearing complete, we shall spend the Winter completing maintenance and improvements that can be done afloat, all the while waiting for Spring or a period of warm settled weather when we can paint the decks and superstructure.

I would like to thank all the volunteers who came to the dock and braved the cold, the dirt , and the skipper to get all the work done  – great job !!

Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14

Welcome to the River Thames Boat Project Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14, online.

This is our first integrated online Annual Report. To view the various sections, please click on the relevant heading below. From each section you will be able to view the others with one click.  We hope delivering our Annual Report this way will make it more accessible and available, and we welcome your feedback.

Directors’ Report – Legal, Administrative and General Information

Directors’ Report – Review of the Year

Public Benefit Statement

Financial Results


Donors and Benefactors

To view a pdf click here, to download right click and select ‘save as’, or you can send a request  by email to  A printed copy is available for inspection at our offices.

Photography by John Frye,  Miranda Jaggers and Peter Oldham

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to the new website of the River Thames Boat Project. We hope you will take some time to have a look around.
This website is our first step towards making our web resources easier to use and more functional for clients, volunteers and the general public.  It is a work in development and we hope you will contribute by giving us your feedback, telling us what you like to see and if there is any information or function missing for you.
That means we will continue to improve it – and will probably introduce another version before long. 
Our goal is to make our website readable, simple to use and contemporary. Please accept our apologies ​if you find some ​former ​content of the old website ​has gone. ​If you think we are missing something important then do get in touch.
Thank you for reading and we hope you will come back and check out our regularly updated news and photographs.