Life on Board Reminder

Sail with Reminder as she takes guests to tranquil estuaries, exploring market towns and river islands on the East Coast.

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Reminder is a far cry from her days as a working barge and she now offers guests the chance to cruise back in time to an unhurried world governed only by wind and tides. Leave life ashore as you explore the “secret waters” and the tranquil estuaries of the East Coast. From gliding up the quietest creek to invigorating sailing along the coast there is nothing quite like experiencing the thrilling sight of Reminders huge sails billowing 100’ above you.

Reminders friendly crew are committed to making your short break sailing holiday an unforgettable experience with delicious freshly cooked, locally sourced meals all included in your ticket price. The crew love showing guests the ropes but are equally fully crewed to sail Reminder if you simply want to sit, back relax and enjoy the views.

Thames Barges were designed with a flat bottom so they could float in shallow waters and travel far upriver. This means that they are very spacious below decks and Reminder has six private cabins and two washrooms, with enough room on deck to find a quiet space away from your shipmates to read a book or enjoy the sunset. The large saloon has plenty of seating with comfy sofas around the log burner and a large table for meals.

A typical sailing holiday will see guests set sail Reminders hometown of Maldon in Essex. This is a delightful market town and the perfect backdrop to climb aboard. Reminder will then sail past Osea Island, Tollesbury Creek, St Peters Chapel at Bradwell, Mersea Island and into the River Colne for a night anchorage. Longer weekend breaks often include a shore visit to the waterside town of Wivenhoe, a stop on the island of East Mersea or even a visit to the beach at Osea Island.

Expect some salty yarns during dinner, and if you choose a race weekend, you’ll get the chance to meet the rest of the barging community and join in the banter at the prize giving!

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Skipper Paul

Having grown up on Barges, Paul is the perfect part-owner and skipper of Reminder.

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Life onboard


Reminder is perfect for those that have never sailed, offering home comfort below decks while exploring beautiful estuaries.

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One of the last Thames barges ever made, Reminder is also one that is still sailing the East Coast today!

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