Category: Monthly Updates

Autumn/Winter 2015

So 2015 has been another busy year for Green Boats. New records were set in the slipway; more boats, more staff, more painting and especially more epoxy than ever before. We filled every slot that we had during our time available and bar a couple of exceptions all the launching and relaunching was done on time giving plenty of notice and making life easier for our hosts, Salter’s Steamers. Our ever widening customer base is bringing us new and interesting work as well as new and interesting friends.

Thanks this year to our very good friends on the beautiful wide beam boats Odin IV and Wychcraft, who came days upstream to us all the way from Bourne End Marina, Bucks, for shiny new epoxy bottoms.


And special thanks to @NB_Coqui for the loan of an actual green boat, their tender Sapo, with a fabulous little electric motor, which was both incredibly useful and fantastic fun.

We had a nice autumnal treat relocating a boat from Brentford to Oxford, which we documented some of with timelapse video available on our new YouTube channel.

Yoric 2015 has sadly also been a year of bereavements for us, including the loss of elderly official Green Boats dog Yoric.
Kara is still learning to fill his role, she is certainly very relaxed about boating. Kara_boating

As many of you know, we mostly shut down over the winter in order to focus on large projects and because hypothermia often offends. This year the primary focus will be Pirate Princess, an ex-community boat of the Pirate Club in London, now in private hands and having a major systems refit.

Pirate Princess

We will be available for emergency callouts and potentially for tea-fuelled planning sessions for projects for 2016. We do not yet have dates for the 2016 slipway season, these are likely to be available in the spring. However, we already have a couple of boats on the waiting list, and we are happy to add you to it.

Have a safe winter, and get some icicle cruising in if conditions allow. It is worth the potential frostbite for the views, but DO STAY SAFE!

If you do need us in an emergency, we have pumps and generators available at short notice and can assist with most domestic engineering/electrical/plumbing/heating incidents that might otherwise spoil your boat-lives.

For £150 we will attend within 2 hours with necessary equipment and supplies and provide up to two hours labour, available in Oxford, Abingdon, Kidlington or anywhere in between.


June in the slipway

So we have reached the end of the first month in the slipway, and we have survived this far! We have blacked four boats, plated one, epoxied one and are in the process of epoxying a second, not to mention cabin painting for yet another.

We have had a lovely range of boats so far this year, from a teeny tiny Springer to a town class Harland and Wolff.

Water Rose ready to relaunch

The town class Chiswick

This week is our youngest boat, a rather cracking 3 year old Aintree Boat, and next week our oldest boat of the year, the venerable Joey boat Mafeking, well over 100 years old. I am very happy to say these have both opted for epoxy paint, although disappointed that neither could be persuaded into a coloured top-coat.

We use Jotun two-pack paints, the wonderful Jotamastic 87 as the base coats, and Jotun Hardtop XP for a lovely semi-gloss finish in any colour you could want! (These all just happen to be green!)


There have been many discussions about longevity of epoxy paints, Jotun estimate a 10 year life if correctly applied. We haven’t been using it long enough to be definitive, but but we can assure you that it is considerably longer lasting than bitumen! We definitely rate it – all three of our own boats have now had their years of bitumen removed, and epoxy applied.

Back to this season, we have some really great enthusiastic staff, including a very handy new woodworker, and Jon and I are really enjoying the team. Sadly, the official Team GB dogs are something of a trial this year, poor old @IIzYoric hasn’t been very well, and mischievous young @Kara_TAP has been maintaining her reputation as the escapuppy. But they are vital in terms of team morale, and they do give the customers an extravagant welcome!

As ever, we aim to be your one-stop-shop for boating maintenance needs. Get in contact if we can help, and if you do want to come out of the water this year, let me know ASAP. A few slots left, but filling fast.

Happy boating lovelies.


April 2015

The sun is shining and the boating season is underway!

We are delighted to announce that we are back in the slipway from 1st June. Another late start this season and a waiting list that started last year has me very busy juggling trolleys and boats and ordering bitumen by the lake-full.

We are not yet fully booked, but now is the time to contact us if you would like to discuss surveys, steelwork, blacking, epoxy, antifouling or any other out-of-water work.

Before we start in the slip, we are already busy with the usual little breakdowns of the beginning of the season and with the many of our customers who seem to have BSCs due. We are glad to see that some of you are also booking an annual engine service. If you haven’t already done so, get that oil and those filters changed, get those tappets checked! Your engine will thank you for it… Give us a call if you’d like us to schedule your service.

We have also had a wonderful time with a major electrical overhaul for a returning customer, including 5 new bespoke fully adjustable solar panels. She now has more power than she can use, which entirely makes up for our traditional day spent on the solar installation in the rain.

Elijah solar installationElectrics are always Jon’s first love, and our solar panel installations are very slick now. They are such a great investment, Element has had them since my first spring aboard her and they still seem like magic free power!

Remember we are on Twitter and Facebook; send us photos of you adventures, we like to hear from you!

Happy boating!

Spring 2015

Springtime is here and the weather’s getting warmer! We’ll all be out boating soon!

Having failed to secure the use of the EA dry dock at Osney over the winter we’re looking forward to going back into Salter’s Steamers slipway in Oxford as soon as we’re able to. Unfortunately this might not be available until June and already we have a large list of customers hoping for us to work on their boats. It’s going to be another busy summer!

You can read about our efforts to make use of the EA dry dock on the Oxford Mail website (with sub-editors usual punning headlines):

We’re hoping that this year we’ll be able to bring more informative updates to the website with a new contributor! Watch this space…

Winter 2014

Phew what a busy year!

We haven’t been able to update the website as much as we’d like, but you can still follow our adventures on twitter and facebook.

The weather’s worsening and the river is rising. Things are having to slow down for us through the dark days. We’re still around in Oxford though, and not giving up just yet.

We hope to have some brilliant news to bring you in the springtime. In the meantime don’t forget you can view all the work we’ve been doing through the summer this year on our flickr site.

If you have a problem… if no one else can help… and if you can find them… maybe you can hire… The GB Team.



June 2014

This month has a lot going on with Team GB. On 7th June is the Blenheim Triathlon, where you will find us cheering on Helen Ody, who is fundraising for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, a cause close to our heart. Do join us if you can.

That may be our last jolly of the season, as we are also starting in the slipway this month. So far we have blacking, antifouling, painting, broken bow thrusters and dodgy electrics to look forward to. Whatever your boat needs, should you wish to add to our summer of boat-mending fun, just get in contact and we’ll look forward to sorting your boat out too!

As ever, we will be tweeting our adventures whenever we have the energy and the time. We also put up before and after photographs on our Flickr account.

Finally, as some of you know, Green Boats dog @IIzYoric is an old man and he is finding his sniffing and greeting duties arduous, so we are currently seeking a rescue lurcher bitch to train as his apprentice. Battersea Dogs Home may be able to help us, but do let us know should you happen to know of one looking for a home…

May 2014

Team GB are enjoying this fine May weather and we hope some of you are getting out and about boating! The recent spate of red boards should remind us all that this river is a temperamental beast, do take care and wear life jackets on the river, especially if you are single-handing.

We have been enjoying a nice spate of electrical jobs, and it looks like we are going to be doing some more boat moving this year! We have also been working on several interesting plumbing and water heating options.

We still plan to be in the slipway this summer, we have several boats already booked in, but we do still have spaces. Do contact us if you need a survey, blacking or antifouling. A little steelwork might be fun too!