Peter Freebody

1934 - 2010
A legendary figure in the world of boat building on the River Thames [more...]

Peter Freebody & Co

We here at Peter Freebody & Co, are the most prolific builders and restorers of the greatest variety of river and lake craft in timber in the UK. Established at Hurley since 1933 & prior to that at Caversham, the Freebody family have a history of trading on the River Thames for over 300 years. [Find out more]

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Boat Builders, Restorers & Marine Engineers

We design, build and restore every type of launch from the smallest dinghy through to electric canoes, motor launches - slipper stern, saloon, electric, petrol & steam craft up to 80ft. Using our knowledge and skills we have satisfied and given great pleasure and pride to many customers throughout the western world.

By owning one of our launches, you can be assured not only of the quality of our workmanship, but also of the continuing help and care we offer. With moorings and Winter storage available and on site engineering facilities we can provide as much or as little in the way of after sales service as required.

We hope you'll enjoy exploring our website and look forward to welcoming you to our boatyard at Hurley and to the world of traditional boating.


Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

A number of historic and traditional craft that we have had the pleasure to restore, build and look after over many years, took part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.

From Sultan, a coal fired steam launch built in 1900, to Genevieve, an elegant Edwardian saloon launch, SS Alaska, umpire launch Amaryllis, 20 ft electric canoe Melodie and Bibi, a classic Riva Ariston. For more information and a wonderful insight to being part of this memorable pageant please click here for more.