Chauffeured Launches

Chauffeured launches on the Thames

The perfect 'stressfree' way to enjoy the river - hire a boat with a skipper

Take the easy route with chauffeured launches from Hobbs of Henley

To make your outing on the Thames a truly memorable event for everyone – or simply to get you from A to B - book a chauffeur for your event. Our launches can carry up to 12 passengers, and Hobbs of Henley's experienced skippers will guide you along some of the River Thames' most beautiful stretches. 

Ideal for special occasions or a pre or post lunch or dinner cruise, you can even add one of our sumptuous hampers for the ultimate indulgent trip. 

Terms and Conditions apply and all prices include VAT. Just contact us to reserve a boat and book your very own chauffeured launch on the royal River Thames 

Chauffeured Edwardian launches

Chauffeured Edwardian style launches are ideal for family outings and transport to riverside restaurants and hotels for up to 12 guests. They are also the perfect way to enjoy the spectacle of the Henley Royal Regatta and (whilst moored) the prestigious Henley Music and Arts Festival, tickets for which can be provided for an additional fee.

These launches are generally available for charter from April to October, 10am – 6pm with additional evening hire.  

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Chauffeured Olympic class launches

This season we have a number of our luxury Olympic class motor launches for hire with a skipper. Originally built for VIP transport at the London Olympics, Olympic launches can be booked as 10 seater chauffeured boats by the day or half day, and are ideal for family or corporate days out.

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Chauffeured Antaris class launches

Welcomed into our fleet first in 2015 and then we added another in 2017, the Antaris 570 launches can be yours to hire with an experienced skipper by the day or half day. Ideal for smaller parties of up to six people, these little sloops can be converted from fully open to completely enclosed so that your guests are protected from the elements. 

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Chauffeured umpire launches

These traditional vintage umpire's launches, built by Hobbs specifically to follow the races at Henley Royal Regatta and the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, are available as skippered boats which accommodate up to 12 guests, outside Regatta week.

The launches have no cover but are ideal for short river hops to restaurants, local churches etc. in the summer. Available for day and evening hire up to 11pm April to September (except during the Regatta and Festival), you can see a video of our ‘Enchantress’ launch in action in the adjacent gallery 

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Chauffeured Linssen Launches

For the Henley Royal Regatta and Henley Music and Arts Festival one of our Linssen Grand Sturdys is available for skippered corporate or private day hire. These 30+ foot motor cruisers offer the ultimate luxury afloat and allow up to 10 passengers to enjoy these world-famous annual events in comfort.

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Chauffeured Vintage Launch

‘Pietra Santa’ is our new and very welcome addition to the Hobbs fleet this year. She is a stunning Edwardian Gibbs open launch built in 1924. Her varnished mahogany and spruce deck is just beautiful and very spacious. She can carry up to 6 people in comfort. 

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Relax and let a Hobbs’ skipper take you to your destination

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to book your very own boat and chauffeur

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