Hobbs & Sons registered as a limited company. Shortly afterwards Hobbs purchase other boatyard businesses in Goring and Shiplake, including one from a Mr. S. Saunders who goes onto co-form Saunders Roe, which eventually pioneers the hovercraft.
Responsibility for the construction and facilities at the Henley Royal Regatta taken on (only relinquished after the millennium).
During WW2 with no petrol and then rationing, punts and skiffs enjoyed great popularity every weekend, particularly for camping.
Tony Hobbs is appointed a Royal Waterman to Her Majesty the Queen, undertaking royal duties at Buckingham and St James Palaces and Windsor Castle including visits from overseas sovereigns and many state openings of parliament. Another Queens Waterman, Colin Hinton has been with the firm since he left school.
Hobbs sells the majority of the hire cruiser fleet and begins to concentrate on larger passenger vessels, along with day-hire-only boats. In the same year the flagship ‘New Orleans’ is commissioned, and has since carried over 200,000 private and corporate passengers up and down the Thames.
Tony Hobbs is appointed an MBE for services to the community, and is one of only four people to receive the Henley Town Medal.
A small local boat hire company called 'Rivertime' is purchased, taking the company’s boat fleet over 50 – the largest on the Thames.
‘Boathouse’ restaurant opens at Station Road where the Marine Store used to be.
Hobbs return to the holiday cruiser market with a new Linssen 34.9 Grand Sturdy – ‘Jacqueline’, the most luxurious holiday cruiser on the river and are appointed as the only UK member of the Linssen Boating Holidays.
6 Olympic Class Launches used for VIP transport during the 2012 London Olympics are purchased by Hobbs to form a VIP squadron in their self drive fleet.
A second Linssen cruiser ‘Midsomer’ is added to the luxury holiday fleet.
Hobbs launch Henley’s first Gin! ‘Mr Hobbs’