Boats: Hire, Build or Buy a Boat to Race

The 2018 Race is not yet accepting entries for this year's event.

Do you need a boat to enter the Race?

You can hire a boat:

Take a look at our Boat Packages to review the eclectic selection of boats we have available for hire. For help and advice on Package selection, please contact Rose Scotland on 020 8398 8141 or

You can buy or build your own boat:

We have three options available for you to choose from: (click on titles below for more details)

All boats were designed by Mark Edwards of Richmond Bridge Boathouses, one of the foremost traditional boat builders in the UK, and are built by him under contract to The Great River Race Race.

Maybe you just want to mess about on the River?

You can hire boats at any time, not just on Race day.

We have a selection of boats kept at Richmond on Thames which are available for hire by the hour between 9am and 6pm, 7 days a week. Boat hire is charged per person per hour and special day rates can be arranged if you want to go further afield. Life jackets are provided free of charge on request. For more details, please call Stuart Wolff / Rose Scotland on 0208 398 8141

Build/Buy Your Own

Thames Waterman Cutter


GRR Jolly Boat


Skiff Wherry (Skerry)