A selection of our members boats, with a few comments by them. - Why not come and join us too?
I brought Jacamar a 1980 Fairline Holiday as a project over 4 years ago, after a year of renovations the boat was ready for true boating. Since then I have been as far upriver to Goring on Thames and trips to Chatham marina, also to West India Dock and Limehouse marina and looking forward to further trips out to sea. Jacamar is moored at Penton Hook Marina.
After retirement we bought a sailing boat. Five years later we realised that in order to actually get anywhere one needed to turn the engine on. Light dawned: so we sold the sailing boat and replaced her with a motor cruiser: Venture, a 27 foot Jeanneau Merry Fisher, just big enough for the two of us to comfortably sleep and eat aboard, as well as go to different places. Initially we were based in the Medway, going as far afield as Dover and Calais. In 2016 we moved home and now have Venture based on the Thames in Shepperton Marina where we joined the Albany Motor Yacht Club. Joining AMYC has proved an excellent move, we’ve made new friends and had lots of fun outings with the club both up the Thames and out to sea, as well as frequent social events.
We joined Albany in about 2012 when we had a Janneau 805. It was at Shepperton marina that we met some AMYC members and decide to join as we were new to boating. Our experience grew as we joined in the many trips and activities the club organised. In 2013 we invested in our latest boat a Sealine S37 called Enterprise. Having acquired our Day Skipper qualifications we ventured out of the estuary and along the East coast. Also we have had several trips to Chatham and Rochester for 'The Sweeps" and "Dickensian" festivals. Up river trips have been done in abundance and the club organises events throughout the season for members to meet up and socialise.
"Having bought our first boat fourteen months ago and being very new to boating apart from a few holidays on hire boats we have found it really useful to have the support and advice of more experienced boaters in the Albany Motor Yacht Club as well as the chance to attend various social events. Sea Quest is a Birchwood Commodore 31 that started life in Plymouth and ultimately ended up based at Penton Hook Marina on the Thames for the last ten years. Whilst capable of sea voyages and in the past has been across the Channel to France, Sea Quest and her present owners are very happy to spend most of our time leisurely cruising on the non-tidal Thames."
Purple Orchid. She's a Broom Ocean 34 (No 1 of the build of these popular cruisers) she's a mature 22 years old but has been lovingly maintained and is in excellent condition. She's my fourth boat and I would like to extend my cruising range with her, having been mostly restricted to river cruising with my previous boats.