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Freebody's Boatyard visit

Thursday, 11th August 2022 - 11.00 am



The Freebody family have been building and repairing boats at Hurley for three hundred years.  They now specialise in building high-end wooden boats, especially the slipper launches pictured above.  These, with their steering wheels, Lloyd Loom chairs and the sound of their exhausts, a distinctive low chugging plop, used to be a common site on the river around Marlow.  Most of Freebody’s launches are now electrically powered, with fixed seating.


Our visit at 11.00am on Thursday, 11th August, will offer a unique chance to see a traditional boatyard workshop at close quarters.  For anyone interested in having a preview, the firm have an interesting website at


To book a place, please email


Freebody’s workshop,
by Paul Banning


To contact The Marlow Society:

Email: tmssecretary@

Post: The Marlow Society, 22 Rookery Court, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 3HR.


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