Chelmer Cruises - Our Boats

We currently have three boats - Victoria, Albert and Blackwater Dawn.

All three can be hired for group outings and celebrations and include crew.

Victoria - Up to 43 Guests

Victoria is perfect for wedding receptions, parties, celebrations and group outings. The boat can accommodate up to 36 guests seated for food or 43 standing and includes a qualified skipper and crew. Our licensed bar also serves hot and cold drinks. Trips on Victoria depart from Paper Mill Lock.

Choose from a wide ranging menu, including delicious cream teas and ploughman’s or full buffet options complemented with delicious cheesecakes and tarts.

Victoria is also available as a static venue for parties, meetings and more at Paper Mill Lock.

Albert - Up to 12 Guests

Albert is a 13.7m narrowboat, ideal for families and groups of up to 12 people and includes a trained skipper (with crew if necessary) and normally operates from Paper Mill Lock.

Blackwater Dawn - Up to 12 Guests

Blackwater Dawn is a widebeam trip boat 8.2m long for up to 12 people with an open forward seating area. Normally operating daily ticket trips from Daisy Meadow Car Park at Heybridge Basin, from Easter until the end of September. Also available for charter bookings and early evening hire.

Group Bookings

Charter one of our boats for your group outing or celebration or book now: Download the booking form

One Hour Boat Trips

Regular boat trips depart from Paper Mill Lock in Chelmsford and Heybridge Basin in Maldon. Find out more about our one hour boat trips.


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Contact Us

To find out more about booking any of the vessels, call Sarah Phillips on 01245 226 245 during office hours or email