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About Henley Sales & Charter

As international yacht brokers Henley Sales and Charter Ltd represents boat owners all over Europe, and works in partnership with many independent and creative boat builders on the Thames and also in different parts of the country including the South West, East Anglia, Cumbria and increasingly now in France, Holland and Switzerland. Our passion is to keep the traditions of our maritime history alive by acting as brokers and advisors to other enthusiasts.

Generally classic boats are cheaper to buy than their modern GRP or steel counterparts. It is true that there are maintenance costs but this means that an owner can personalise their vessel and enjoy being part of the “project”. Within Europe there are some spectacular on the water events to attend where one can meet like-minded individuals. Classic boats are beautiful so there is immense aesthetic pleasure and pride to be gained from ownership.

HSC has excellent under cover premises for boat storage as well as contacts for craning, transport, surveys and associated services. At Beale Park we also have a slipway and direct access to the Thames from a private lake.

When it comes to charter HSC has over 30 years of experience in managing and operating charter boats, whether a slipper stern launch for a wedding party or a stunning Victorian steam boat, our expertise will source the right boat, chef, crew and route for your special river adventure.  During the summer the office is open 7 days a week with someone always on call to answer questions and take bookings.

International motor yacht brokerage and expertise

  • 30 years experience
  • Objective advice
  • Personalised service
  • Discretion guaranteed
  • Extensive network of contacts
  • Agents for selected boat builders
  • Custom builds
  • Extensive indoor boat storage
  • Thames based workshop
  • Engineering
  • Electronics & Electric propulsion conversions
  • Tuition for new boat owners
  • Supplying skippers for hire
  • Luxury river charter on a selection of unique vessels

The Team

Gillian Nahum


Founder of Henley Sales & Charter, Gillian Nahum, a Piscean, a water lover and an enthusiast of all forms of classic transport, founded HSC in 1992 with one glorious wooden gentleman’s launch for charter and the boat sales agency for the now defunct Steam and Electric Launch Company.

Henley Sales and Charter is the perfect vehicle for Gillian to combine her personal enthusiasm and boating interests with her professional and commercial vision of a successful, locally based business which gives pleasure and imparts knowledge to like minded boating enthusiasts worldwide.

Gail Lewis


Gail became administrator-in-chief to Henley Sales and Charter Ltd. in summer 2016 and since then she has become a genuine river rat. Gail not only knows the bow from the stern but she also knows a good deal about our customer base and understands completely how valuable each and every boat is to its owner.

Gail is often to be found at 29 Station Road just a stone’s throw from the River Thames. Gail says she loves her job because it is endlessly varied and she loves the sense of team work both in the sales office and at the boatyard. While spreadsheets are her natural habitat she has grown to enjoy spending time meeting customers at boat shows and also organising our charter outings. Gail has two children who devised our Pure Boating children’s activity sheet and lives close to the River Thames in Maidenhead.

Ellie Hillier 


Ellie joined HSC straight from her diploma at Lyme Regis boatbuilding Academy where she was a star student.

Ellie works under the watchful eye of Stuart and is becoming a wizard with the varnish brush. She will be working in her spare time on Nada which is a gorgeous nineteen thirties gentleman’s launch currently owned by HSC. While at the Academy Ellie built a traditional clinker sailing boat. Ellie helps out at weekends in Wallingford at our Pure Boating base.

Corporate clients



Henley Sales and Charter Ltd have gained a reputation over the last 30 years for selling and chartering beautiful, classic boats. Experience of operating and selling boats on the river Thames enables us to offer expert objective advice to prospective owners on all aspects of boat ownership including purchase, surveys, repairs and moorings. We will do our best to find the ideal craft to suit your individual needs - for a day or for a lifetime.

Henley Sales & Charter Ltd

29 Station Road
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire


01491 578 870

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