Terms & Conditions

Please read these terms and conditions carefully. They are all part of the hire agreement and describe the rights and duties of both yourselves, and the company.
We highlight section 4.1 and 8.2.1 in particular.



In these conditions and the Agreement the following words have the following meanings:-

  • “Agreement” means the hire agreement between you and the company which is evidenced by your booking request and the booking confirmation and is made on the basis of these conditions.

  • “Booking Confirmation” means the written confirmation issued to you by the company confirming the hire period, price, place of delivery and other key particulars of the booking.

  • “Company” means Bygone Boating Ltd.

  • “You” means the person or persons named in the booking confirmation. If there is more than one of you each of you shall be individually responsible for complying with the agreement.

  • “Conditions” means these boat hire conditions.

  • “Price” means the price in the booking confirmation.

  • “Start Date” means the start date in the booking confirmation.

  • “End Date” means the end date in the booking confirmation.

  • “Hire Period” means the hire period in the booking confirmation.

  • “Written” means that the item has been printed, typed, written out by hand or sent or displayed by e-mail or other electronic means.



  • When you request a booking you are making an offer to hire a boat on these conditions. The hire agreement itself only comes into existence when the Company sends out the booking confirmation.

  • A provisional or conditional booking is not binding and you may cancel it at any time before the booking confirmation is sent out to you by the Company. Similarly the Company may hire the boat to another party in place of you at any time before a booking confirmation has been sent to you.

  • The entire agreement between you and the Company is contained in these conditions, the booking request and the booking confirmation. Nothing in these conditions affects your statutory rights.



  • The Company’s advertised prices are in pounds sterling

  • The Company reserves the right to correct errors in advertised or quoted prices at the time of booking confirmation.

  • Payment is deemed to have been made when cleared funds are received in the Company’s bank account.

  • The deposit is payable at the time of the booking request. The deposit is 20% of the total price.

  • The balance of the price is due not less than 42 days before the start date as shown in the booking confirmation. Time of payment shall be of the essence of the Agreement.

  • For bookings made less than six weeks before the start date you must pay the full price at the time of the booking request.



Personal agreement and obligations

The hire agreement is a personal one between you and the Company and your identity is a material factor in the Company’s decision to enter into the Agreement. You must be at least 21 years of age at the time of booking. Your party should also consist of one other adult.

The Hirer should have had previous motorboat handling experience and be able to demonstrate that he/she has the necessary skills.

You must be authorised by all other members of your party to enter into the Agreement on their behalf. The full names and ages of all members of your party must be provided to the Company at the time of booking. All changes in your party (the addition, substitution or removal of any member of the party) which take place at any time after the booking confirmation has been issued (including during the hire period) must be communicated in writing and approved by the Company (such approval is not to be unreasonably withheld). You are responsible for making all members of your party aware of the terms of the Agreement.

School parties, youth groups, hen or stag parties, business purposes.
The Company’s general policy is that it will not enter into hire agreements for school parties, youth groups, all male or all female crews or for any commercial purpose without more information about the members of the party and the purpose and nature of the hire occasion. If the Company later becomes aware that your party actually falls within this policy but that you have not disclosed it to the Company then the Company may terminate your booking. In this event the deposit and any other part of the price which you have paid will be retained by the Company and you will remain liable to pay the balance of the price.
The use of alcohol and controlled drugs:
Company’s right of immediate cancellation.
The boat shall not be navigated while anyone on board is, or appears to be, under the influence of alcohol or drugs and the Company may cancel your booking and refuse to hand the boat over to you or repossess it if you or any member of your party is or appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In such a case the Company shall be entitled to recover any loss, damage and expense from the monies already paid by you and if this is insufficient to cover its loss it shall be entitled to bring a claim against you for the balance of such claim.
Company’s right to decline handover for safety reasons

The Company may cancel your booking and refuse to hand the boat over to you if, in its reasonable opinion, you are unsuitable to take charge of the boat for any reason that may adversely affect the safety of any person or property. In this event (and provided that you have fully complied with your obligations under this Agreement) the Company will refund the deposit and any other monies which you have paid to the Company and the contract shall be discharged without further liability on either party.

Company’s right to repossess during the hire

The Company may repossess the boat at any time after commencement of the hire period if, in the reasonable opinion of the Company, you are unsuitable to be in charge of the boat for any reason affecting the safety of any person or property including in particular if you or any member of your party is or appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs or if you are not behaving responsibly or if there has been a material breach of the terms of this Agreement.

The Company may repossess the boat at any time after commencement of the hire period if, in the reasonable opinion of the Company, you are unsuitable to be in charge of the boat for any reason affecting the safety of any person or property including in particular if you or any member of your party is or appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs or if you are not behaving responsibly or if there has been a material breach of the terms of this Agreement.



Once a booking has been confirmed, and deposit paid (non-refundable), this places a contractual responsibility on the hirer to pay the full cost of the holiday. In the event of the hirer having to cancel the holiday after paying full cost, Bygone Boating Ltd. will endeavour to re-let the boat for the same period. If we are successful in re-letting the boat we will reimburse the amount paid, less an £80 administration fee. If the boat remains unlet the hirer will not receive any compensation.



The Company may cancel the Agreement by written notice in the following circumstances: for any of the reasons described in conditions 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 or 4.5 in the event of an accident affecting the safety or navigability of the boat

for breach of any of the rules set out under condition 9.1

for non-payment of any sum due under the booking

The Company is entitled to recover from you any loss which it suffers as a result of cancellation under any of the provisions of conditions 4.2, 4.3 or 4.5 or for breach of condition 9.1 and it may retain all or part of any payments which you have made as security for such claims. Subject to this if the Company is able to re-let the boat for all or part of the hire period it will give credit for the net sums received as a result of such re-letting and shall prepare and submit to you an account of its claim and of any payment which may be due to you or to the Company within seven days of the end date.



7.1 The boat will normally be available at the time shown on your booking confirmation and on the start date from Benson Waterfront subject to the provisions of condition 7

7.2 You must notify the Company as soon as possible if your estimated arrival time is delayed or disrupted as this may lead to difficulties and delays in making the boat available to you. There will be no rebate of the price for late arrival nor will the Company accept responsibility for any overnight costs which you may incur if you fail to reach the boat during normal working hours.

7.3 Before you take over the boat the Company will give you such instructions, demonstrations and trials as are appropriate and you will then be required to check and sign the hand over sheet.

7.4 In the event that the boat is not available on the start date due to any circumstance for which the Company is not responsible -for example – damage, mechanical breakdown, late return by previous hirer, the Company may substitute a boat of similar accommodation. However, if no such boat is available the Company shall immediately refund you with the deposit and any other payments you have made – or reschedule.

7.5 The boat must be returned to Benson Waterfront, or notified under condition 7.7 and vacated by you by the time shown on your booking confirmation on the end date and it is your responsibility to allow sufficient time to ensure timely return.

7.6 If you return the boat late, because of poor planning on your part, or for any another reason which is your responsibility, then you will be liable to pay £50 (fifty pounds) for every hour, or part hour, of the delay in returning the boat at correct time.

7.7 In the event of the boat not being returned to Benson Waterfront, the cost of recovering the boat, and any other expenses and/or losses, which the Company may incur, such as, the loss or cancellation of a subsequent booking, you will be liable to pay the consequential costs.

7.8 The Company reserves the right to change the places of handover, and return, for operational reasons. In such an event, except in the case of emergency, the Company shall be obliged to give you written notice of the change, in sufficient time, to allow any necessary re-planning of your itinerary, and for you to organise any transport which is reasonably necessary for you and your part, as a result of such change.


8. INSURANCE and Security / Fuel deposit.

8.1 The Company insures the boat and its equipment against physical loss and damage and against public liability risks. You are entitled to any protection that may be afforded by the Company’s insurance policy (subject to you paying the £500 excess) but you and members of your party may become legally liable to the Company or to third parties, for loss or damage, caused or contributed to, by your acts, omissions or negligence.

8.2 You will indemnify the Company from, and against, all costs and expenses however arising from your negligence, neglect or default, including, but not limited to, damage arising from speeding, hull damage, rudder, stern gear, TV aerials, malicious or intentional damage, damage to other boats and their contents and to the waterway.

8.2.1 A Damage Waiver charge of £100 is added to the cost of your holiday. This covers minor damage to the boat, such as marks, broken crockery etc. Our Insurance carries a £500 excess. In the event of significant damage and a claim having to be made, you will be required to contribute in part or in full, based on the circumstances of the occurance..

8.3 You are advised to make your own arrangements for personal accident insurance, insurance of personal belongings, and insurance against cancellation by you, of the hire agreement.



9.1 You agree to comply with the following rules at all times during the hire period:

9.1.1 To ensure that, at all times, while the boat is being navigated or is transiting locks or other waterway’s structures, the minimum age of the operator on board and in charge is 21 years.

9.1.2 Not to tow or be towed, other than in exceptional circumstances.

9.1.3 When not under way, to moor the boat securely.

9.1.4. Not to navigate after sunset or before sunrise.

9.1.5 To observe all speed limits, and not to navigate at a speed which creates a breaking wash or disturbs or inconveniences other waterway users.

9.1.6 Not to race the boat.

9.1.7 Not to bring on to the boat any portable heaters, lighting equipment, TV sets, electric tools or cooking appliances, inflammable liquids or substances, gas cylinders, car batteries, fire arms, electrical appliances, or any other items which might create dangers or hazards.

9.1.8 Not without the Company’s prior written permission to bring on to the boat barbeques, dinghies, canoes, bicycles, or vehicles.

9.1.9 Not to use the boat for any commercial purpose.

9.1.10 To allow the boat to be occupied only by the persons named in the booking confirmation.

9.1.11 Not to allow to be on board, at any time, more people than are approved for the boat, as specified by the number of berths. Unless agreed by Bygone Boating.

9.1.12 To give way to laden or un-laden cargo boats, sailing craft, rowing boats, canoes and other human propelled craft.

9.1.13 Not to take the boat on to sea or tidal waters. To cruise only on canals and rivers approved by the Company.

9.1.14 Not to have or carry any live bait on the boat.

9.1.15 At all times to observe all bye-laws and navigational limits and abide by the instructions and advice of the relevant navigational authorities and the Company and their respective officers and employees.

9.1.16 The Company reserves the right at its reasonable discretion and without liability to restrict cruising areas or routes in the light of prevailing weather and navigation conditions.



10.1 You are in charge of the boat and are responsible for its safe navigation. In the event of any accident or damage involving you or any other people or any property including but not limited to, the boat, other craft or the waterway you must:

10.1.2 Obtain and record the name of any other boats, and the names and addresses of any other people involved, on the incident form provided by the Company.

10.1.3 Notify the Company as soon as practically possible with full details of the accident and any damage sustained.

10.1.4 Proceed in accordance with and follow the Company’s reasonable instructions.

10.1.5 Not in any circumstances admit, or allow any other person on the boat to admit, liability to any other person.



11.1 You are responsible for, and will keep the boat and its equipment and contents, in clean and tidy order during the hire period.

11.2 You must notify and provide full details to the company of any breakdown, damage, theft or loss involving the boat as soon as practically possible.

11.3 You must not undertake or commission any repairs, adjustment or service to the boat without the Company’s prior approval.

11.4 Although the boat and its equipment are insured against many risks by the Company you remain responsible to the Company for any damage or loss arising from your breach of the Agreement, your deliberate acts or from your negligence including misuse of lavatory facilities resulting in an engineer being called out.

11.5 In the event of an engineer being called out as a result of negligent misuse of lavatory facilities a fixed charge of £100 (one hundred pounds) will be made by the Company to you.

11.6 You shall be responsible for getting the boat off mud banks, or other grounding.

In the event of an engineer being called out for removal of weeds, rope or other matter from propellers, and/or steering gear, bow thruster, a fixed charge of £100 (one hundred pounds) will be made by you to the Company.



12.1 Vehicles may be left entirely at their owner’s risk in the car park. The Company will be under no liability for any loss or damage to vehicles, or their contents, or for your property on the boat, unless caused by the Company’s negligence.

12.2 The Company may take such reasonable action as it shall consider necessary, to silence car alarms in the car park and to recover the costs from you. This is inclusive of any requirements and obligations under the Noise and Statutory Nuisance Act 1993.

12.3 The Company will return property which it finds which has been accidentally left on the boat provided that it is claimed promptly and that you either arrange for its collection or agree to pre-pay for any postage and packing. Property not claimed within two months from the end date may be disposed of by the Company.



13.1. The boat is handed fuelled. Please return the boat with the same amount of fuel it went out with.


14. PETS

14.1 Pets are allowed on the boats only with the Company’s permission. You must give notice of any pets you wish to bring at the time of making the booking.

14.2 You must provide any pet baskets, blankets, or cages.

14.3 All pets must be properly house trained or caged as appropriate, must never be left unattended, and are not allowed on bedding or upholstery.

14.4 Pets and pet damage are not covered under the Company’s insurance policy and you will be liable for any damage or loss caused by them or any additional cleaning.



15.1 Any shortcomings in inventory discovered during the hire period must be notified to the Company as soon as practically possible, so as to afford the Company the opportunity to rectify the matter. You will be responsible for the cost of replacing or repairing any items on the inventory which are missing or damaged at the end of the hire period.



16.1 The Company shall not be liable to pay any compensation, damages, costs or expenses for any claim arising from any cause beyond the Company’s reasonable control, which could not have been mitigated or avoided by the Company including but not limited to: Loss of or damage to any person’s property (including the boat); Non-fulfilment, interruption or delay to the booking: Breakdowns, mechanical problems, latent defects, damage to the boat: Restrictions on cruising, obstructions, repairs, damage or closure of waterways, non availability of routes, navigational works, storms, floods, droughts, ice, shortage of water or other weather or climate conditions; Rationing, shortage or non availability of fuel; Consequential loss, damage or expense which you incur including the cost of alternative transport, accommodation or other holiday provision.

16.2 The Company’s total liability to you, and any person claiming through you, in respect of all claims which may arise under the Agreement (other than in respect of claims for personal injury or death due to negligence on the part of the Company) shall be limited in aggregate to twice the total price actually paid by you to the Company in respect of the Agreement in question.



17.1 The specifications of boat, its accommodation, facilities and equipment in the brochure and on the website, are intended as a general guide and the Company shall not be liable in the event of any insubstantial differences in the boat supplied and reserves the right to make modifications. In particular, alterations may occur during rebuilding or refitting, colours may vary, layout plans are for guidance only and are not to scale, and boats may have steps which are not shown.

17.2 If your party includes any infirm or disabled persons, you should make relevant enquiries at the time of booking.



18.1 This Agreement shall be governed by the law of England and Wales.

18.2 Any dispute arising under this Agreement shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales.



19.1 Only the named parties to the Agreement may enforce the terms of the Agreement. The parties agree that the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 shall not apply to this Agreement.



20.1 Bygone Boating Ltd reserves the right to restrict where you can cruise with the boat. The usual navigable area of the Thames runs from Teddington Lock to Osney Bridge. All of our boats, apart from Rubette, will go under Osney Bridge, allowing you to cruise as far as Lechlade, the furthest navigable part of the Thames. However you will have to check river levels to ensure safe passage under Osney. We can advise at the time of your holiday.


You are NOT allowed to go through Teddington Lock.


NB: These terms supersede previous versions


Bygone Boating Ltd.

Company Number: 10499909

Registered Office: 49 Westerham Road, Bessels Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, United Kingdom, TN13 2QB


Bygone Boating Privacy Policy

Your data:

We collect your personal data for the specific purpose of your boating holiday. When booking a holiday, we will require the name, address, email and contact telephone number of the person making the booking. We will also require the names of each person going on-board.


Website bookings:

When booking through our website, you are agreeing for us to hold your details as required to make the booking. Your details will only be used to process your booking and to contact you about our services related to your booking. Like most websites, this site uses Google Analytics (GA) to track user interaction. We use this data to determine the number of people using our site, to better understand how they find and use our web pages and to see their journey through the website. Although GA records data such as your geographical location, device, Internet browser and operating system, none of this information personally identifies you to us. GA also records your computer’s IP address, which could be used to personally identify you, but Google does not grant us access to this. We consider Google to be a third party data processor (see section 5.0 below). GA makes use of cookies, details of which can be found on Google’s developer guides


Data collection:

We collect your personal data for the specific purpose of your boating holiday. When booking a holiday, we will require the name, address, email and contact telephone number of the person making the booking. We will also require the names of each person going on-board.


Sharing your data

We will never sell or give your details to any third party without your prior consent.



If we contact you in the future with marketing information, this could be in the form of an email, text, post or by telephone, and only when you have given us permission to do so.



We only use GDPR compliant providers, operating within the UK or Europe.


Right to be forgotten:

You have the right for us to stop processing your data and have all personal data we hold about you erased. There are certain conditions that apply to this but we will respond to your request within 30 days of receiving your instruction.


Contact us:

If you would like further information regarding our Privacy Policy, a Data Subject Access Request, or you would like to withdraw your consent, please contact: Sue Amer by sending an email to info@bygoneboating.co.uk who will be happy to help, or you can write to us at: Bygone Boating Ltd. 11 St.Georges Sq. Longfield, DA3 7RS or call: 07375 677823