Enjoy sailing the estuaries of the East coast as Thames Barge Reminder spends short breaks and long weekends, exploring this beautiful part of England.
Reminder is one of the last surviving Thames Sailing Barges to sail the East Coast of the UK. At the turn of the 20th century over 2000 barges plied their trade on the rivers of the East Coast, able to lower their masts and travel up small creeks to farmers wharves, yet still be able sail out to sea and onto larger ports.
Today only a handful remain in service with some owned by charities and others like Reminder being privately owned. The delightful market town of Maldon is Reminder’s home base, located in Essex at the top of the Blackwater River. Famous for its sea salt production and its mudflat racing, Maldon is also a great starting point for Reminder to take guests to explore the five river estuaries of Essex and Suffolk, with many areas designated nature reserves.
Reminder offers her guests home from home comfort with her flat bottom giving below decks very comfortable and spacious communal areas and private cabins. A log burner in the saloon and full-size sofas means plenty of space for guests to relax after a good day sailing in the fresh air.
Although she has twin engines, they are rarely used and her rig and deck look no different to when she was built 90 years ago! Our crew take great pride in sailing her the same way as she would have been sailed some 90 years ago.
- Total number of berths : 15
- Number of guest berths : 12
- Number of bathrooms : 2 toilets, 1 shower
- Cabin configuration : 2x double cabin, 1x twin cabin, 2x triple cabin
- Smoking policy : On deck only
- Builder : Horlock
- Year built : 1929
- Length overall : 86'
- Displacement : 108.26T
- Draft : 3'2"
- Air Draft : 85'
- Beam : 19'6"
- Number of Sails : 5
- Rig : Spritsail
- Sail Area : 2500SQ'
- Engine : TBC
- Crew : 3
- Licensed for day sails? : Yes
- Waterproofs supplied? : No
- Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
- What language is spoken onboard?
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
Double and Twin cabins with shared bathrooms.
- Are bedding and towels provided?
All bedding is provided but please bring your own towels.
- How many toilet/showers does she have?
Two toilets and one shower.
- Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
- Can I charge my phone/Camera?
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are Waterproofs provided?
- Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure and a want to get actively involved.
- Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
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