Testimonials

The Alice is a beautiful boat, ably crewed by Alan, Reg and black labrador Wilson. It’s the perfect venue for a stag, just add booze, budgy smugglers and hopefully blazing sunshine. The facilities on board were all in fine fettle and accommodation while snug, perfectly comfortable. Alan skippered us to the perfect spots and great fun was had by all.

Ed Crossman from Archie Hardiman’s Stag – 3rd to 5th August 2018

Alan, Des

We all really enjoyed our cruise to Bucklers Hard via Southampton, you were both very relaxed which made it all the more enjoyable. I loved the way you brought her alongside at Beaulieu – no nonsense!

Thanks very much once again,
James Warwick

The Hadley Shipping Co. Ltd

Just a line from me and the entire family crew to thank you and Geoff for giving us all such a special cruise in the good ship “Alice”. Alan, from concept to completion it has been
an absolute pleasure to plan and execute this unique experience with you. I’ve had wonderful messages of admiration and thanks from all on board.

Mike Brooks 70th Birthday Sail – 7th July 2018

Dear Alan, Geoff and Reg

Thank you so much for a wonderful few days on board Alice – we all enjoyed ourselves far beyond expectations. We feel that although we were paying for the charter of Alice, we were actually with a friend allowing us to share his beautiful boat, if only for a few days!

We were utterly amazed, possibly entranced by your skill, enthusiasm and love of your boat – Geoff too shared his knowledge and experience with us, as did Reg – all very much appreciated.

A special mention has to go to Wilson; as you know, we are all completely won over by him – he certainly contributed to everyone’s enjoyment of our Alice experience!

Sue and I chatted all the way home and have decided that not only did we have our Alice experience, but have also gained a philosophy of life!

Best wishes,
Fiona Robertson

Angela Bevans 60th – 29th to 31st May 2018

Thank you for an enjoyable day aboard Alice. We all enjoyed our time out on the Solent despite the lack of wind, and hope that we can do another trip with you again in the future.

Nick Birch, Avon Boating Company – 17th October 2017

Many thanks for the trip last week, it was one of the highlights of the tour. We would love to do it again next year.

Brian Lavery, tour of the Portsmouth maritime archives – 29th September 2017

Thanks for such an amazing weekend, everyone loved it and the sail with the evening alongside in Cowes was the perfect activity for us.

Mathew Shimm’s Stag – Fri 11th to Sun 13th August 2017

Many thanks Alan. We took plenty of photos and had a great day. Thank you to both of you for looking after us so well.

Heidi Taylor Day Sail – Sun 23rd July 2017

We had an absolutely fantastic time sailing on Alice around the Solent. The boat is a beauty and incredibly spacious both up on deck and down below.

The generous facilities on board meant that we had a comfortable weekend and could quickly recover after some large nights out.

Alan made the whole weekend very easy and was flexible with the multitude of requests that we bombarded him with.

I would definitely recommend a weekend on Alice to my friends and we hope to sail her again soon.

Robin Hardy – Best man Tam Perry’s Stag 14th- 16th July 2017

Thanks again for a cracking weekend, it was greatly enjoyed by all. ECK (best man)

Henry Browne’s Stag 7 – 9th July 2017

Just wanted to say thank you ever so much for today – Claudia and myself thoroughly enjoyed it and it was incredibly kind of you to let total strangers gate crash your day.

The Alice is quite a boat and what a pleasure and privilege to have sailed on her. You are doing a fantastic job keeping a marvellous piece of British maritime history alive.

Many thanks again, I will definitely spread the word about potential chartering and if there is anything I can help you with in the future please let us know.

Wanda and Claudia – Day sail Wed 5th July 2017

Alan just to say how much we all enjoyed ourselves aboard Alice yesterday – the Cowes stopover was an excellent idea for a ‘wet’. Your seamanship was especially highlighted by the manoeuvre at Shepherds Wharf in Cowes.

Many thanks for making this a special day that will shortly be recorded on our website.

Peter Wallis – Wed 21 June 2017
Frensham Pond Model Yacht Company

Thank you once again for supporting our now annual Mencap sailing day. Feedback was terrific and as with last year we all thoroughly enjoyed our time with you onboard Alice. The weather once again was kind to us which was a nice bonus.

MENCAP Day 2nd October 2015
Colin Wilding – Gun Wharf Quays general manager

Alan, thanks so much for a great weekend on board Alice. Everyone had the greatest time, it really was a very memorable weekend. I will be recommending it to all.

Matt Hazels Pre Wedding Celebration
Rob Meadows

For one with a life times interest in sailing barges nothing could compliment ‘Father’s Day’ more than a days sailing on board sailing barge “Alice” it was an absolute pleasure in every way; the welcome, instruction and most enjoyable food, all made possible by Alan the skipper and his crew in the most friendly and professional manner. I, and many others have to thank Alan for his devotion to the Thames spritsail sailing barge ; enabling today’s generation to experience what was once a way of life and transport throughout the east coast of England and beyond. Good luck Alan and thank you for a perfect days sailing; enjoyed by a “sailorman” and guests alike.

Fathers Day Celebration
Ken & Rita Peters and Steven Woodcock

Alan – many thanks to you and Reg for a wonderful weekend on Alice! It was great to meet you and to sail such a fine boat. Thank you for looking after us – will be sure to recommend a weekend on Alice to all the sailing enthusiasts I know. Best wishes, Andrew
P.S. Do congratulate your son on his fantastic fence dive! ( on Google )

Stag Do Weekend
Andrew Davis