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“Set Sail”

Topsail Charters - Day Tours
Ranked #1 of 4 Tours in Maldon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: River Cruises on board historic sailing barges including cream tea cruises, lunch and evening sails, day trips. Finalist in Visit England Best Small Attraction 2015.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Spent a wonderful afternoon sailing on the Hydrogen Barge - 10th August - from Maldon up river. Had a lovely Afternoon Tea, met some friendly people. Staff were very friendly and approachable.
If you fancy a couple of hours of peace and tranquility then board the Hydrogen.

Thank karennN1934MH
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

My family of 13 took on this trip to radio Caroline for my 70 th birthday from Brightlingsea on the Thame barge hydrogen.
We were looked after all day with food, snacks tea. Biscuits .and lunch.
The crew were great.
The Caroline ship was very interesting and nostalgic we were taken on board and showed around by a DJ I was interviewed on air which was a experance .
I can really reccomend them even the little grand children loved it.and keep talking about the history and trip.

Thank wakeboard1
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

Spent this afternoon gently watching smaller boats drift past, while under sail . The cream tea was a delight. The staff excellent. Very helpful and formative . Will definitely be booking again. Thank you . The Gray party.

Thank Sharon B
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday Sunset cruise aboard Hydrogen. There was an added bonus of having a cocktail singer on board. The cruise itself down the Blackwater was around 2 hours in total. There was a lovely relaxing atmosphere on the boat and all of the staff were very friendly and approachable. There were canapés provided as part of the cost and there was also a bar on board for those who wanted it. Would love to do it again and can't think of a better way of passing a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon. Even though the day was warm it can be a little bit more chilly on the water so advisable to take a sweater or similar.

Thank stevejen2016
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

I have always wanted to go on a Thames Sailing Barge and booked a 2 hour sailing trip up the river (combined with an onboard cream tea).
Firstly the boat is immaculate.
Such an amazing piece of history.
All the staff were welcoming and were happy to answer questions about the boat as we sailed along.
The only improvement I would recommend would be to have more information of the places you passed as you sailed by.
It was quite an experience to view the boat both above and below deck.
The stairs understandably are quite steep.
So perhaps not for those with 'dodgy knees'.
And lastly...the Scones.
They were homemade and absolutely delicious.
Well done to whoever made them.
I think I might take another trip just for them.

Thank BrianT55
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