Each varies in size, layout and facilities, so we can help you find the boat that’s exactly right for your occasion. Follow the links below to learn more about our fleet – the Lady Diana, The Mark Twain and The Jackie.
Looking for something altogether more intimate? Then set sail in Bonkie, our gorgeous little picnic boat, available for charter, day or evening for up to seven guests. We’ll supply a skipper too, so all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
Please note: the number of guests will depend on your choice of entertainment and/or food.
The largest vessel in our fleet, The ‘Lady Diana’ can accommodate up to 120 guests across three levels (maximum of 80 guests for 18th & 21st birthday parties and high school proms). She’s a fine choice for large parties at all times of the year.
The upper deck is fully enclosed, offering a dining and seating area for daytime or evening. There are large windows on all sides, which can be removed during warmer weather. Food can either be served on this level, or on the rear, mid-level deck if a dance floor is not required.
The rear, mid-level deck is carpeted and offers a spacious dance floor or buffet space. It can also accommodate bands and DJs or gaming tables. This is where boarding drinks would be served as your guests board the vessel.
The lower saloon offers a spacious, comfortable seating area for your guests. It has large windows, including around the fully-stocked bar, which give fantastic views of the changing riverscape. All three levels can be fully heated throughout during the colder months.
As equally versatile as the ‘Lady Diana’, the ‘Mark Twain’ can accommodate up to 70 guests across three levels and is again a great choice for larger parties at any time of year.
The upper deck is again fully enclosed offering a dining and seating area for the daytime or evening. The windows can again be removed during warmer weather. Food could be served on this level, or on the rear, mid-level deck if a dance floor is not required.
The rear, mid-level deck is carpeted and offers a spacious dance floor area or buffet space. It can also accommodate bands and DJs or gaming tables. This is where boarding drinks would be served as your guests board the vessel.
The lower saloon has a traditional feel, with blue leather upholstered seating, wooden furniture and replica gas lighting. The fully-stocked bar was refitted in 2015. All three levels are fully heated throughout in the colder months.
The newest addition to our fleet, ‘The Jackie’ is ideal for smaller parties with a maximum capacity of 40 people and is an excellent option in the warmer months.
The Jackie has been almost fully refitted in the winter of 2016, with a brand new bar, bathroom, lower deck roof, steering system, engine and generator!
The boat has two levels. The upper sun deck offers a perfect place to sit back in the sunshine with a glass of wine as the countryside rolls by. The benches have upholstered cushions which can be fitted in dry weather. The upper deck is also beautifully illuminated when the sun goes down.
The lower level has a saloon to the rear, fitted out with leather upholstered seating, stools and tables. This is also where the fully-stocked bar is located.
The forward end of the lower level has large, glass windows, offering expansive views of the constantly changing scenery. These windows can be opened completely in dry weather. This area can also accommodate food, entertainment and is where boarding drinks would be served as your guests step aboard.
Meet Bonkie! Our new baby is ready to sail you away for a blissful afternoon or evening on the river.
Our gorgeous little picnic boat is available now for private charter – complete with your own personal skipper. We can arrange drinks and in true, Chester Boat fashion, we can also take care of catering or any special requests to make your day truly memorable.
Bonkie can carry up to seven people, so she’s ideal for small gatherings such as birthday or anniversary parties, family celebrations, special occasions, or just any time you fancy an indulgent – or romantic – chauffeur-driven treat. We think Bonkie is the perfect way to make a loved one feel special.
You can charter Bonkie for two-and-a-half hours for £300, which includes your own private skipper and optional commentary.
For full details call us on 01244 325394 and we’ll talk you through the options.
Please be aware that Bonkie is an open boat with limited cover should the weather turn inclement. Arrangements can be made to moor up at the popular riverside Italian restaurant Et Alia for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea.
Before taking a cruise with us, please ensure that you read our Terms & Conditions of Carriage. We want all of our passengers to enjoy their cruise in a safe environment. Thank you.
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