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Welcome to Swanning About Charters

We operate bespoke trips on the Medway and around South East England for groups of up to 10 people on board our stunning flybridge Rodman Muse 44.

"Song and Dance" is the sort of boat which most people dream about, but doubt they'll ever get the opportunity to experience. So now, here is your chance. At affordable prices, you can enjoy the luxury of her leather upholstery, the comfort of her sun-beds, and the thrill of her power. In their review of her build, one of the leading boating magazines said:

"Wow! What a boat!"

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About Us

We operate in the main from Chatham Maritime Marina, but will pickup further afield if required, are fully licensed (to carry passengers and serve alcohol), and insured. We aim to make the experience on board as affordable as possible, and as our aim is to see everyone enjoy themselves, we will not subject anyone to rough water against their wishes!

There is no more peaceful way to spend a warm summer's day than tootling about on the water. We can whisk you away to one of the north Kent Creeks, there to laze, gently chilling at anchor. Or gently meander up the Medway past Rochester and under the M2 bridges . If you are feeling more adventurous, we can get out into the Thames Estuary, or even into central London. We can go looking for seals, or take a trip to see the 2nd World War Forts in the Estuary. The choice really is yours.

We cater for family days out, anniversary celebrations, corporate days, or for no reason other than a treat! Who needs an excuse?

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Prices and terms

As a starter, work on £300 per hour, or part of an hour. Supplements may apply for Ashes Scattering, and for long trips.

Two hours will give a taste of just what fun it really is.

So give us a call, and book your trip now. We look forward to seeing you.

Please note. VAT applies to all fees, but is generally zero rated. Long trips will attract a fuel surcharge. For most trips of over an hour, we will provide tea/coffee . Alcoholic drinks are available. We do NOT permit ANY drinks to be brought on board. Catering by arrangement.

We do not encourage parents to bring children under 8 years of age for trips longer than 1 hour. However sweet they may be, they are likely to find it too long a time.

Please see here for our terms and conditions

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Song & Dance

"Song and Dance" is a Rodman Muse 44 Flybridge Motor Yacht. She was built as hull 20 in 2008 by Rodman Poyships of Vigo, Spain. Rodman build their hulls to a Lloyds Specification, the same as their Military craft! So she is solid. She is powered by 2 Volvo IPS500 6 cylinder diesel engines, each producing 370 HP. These give a top speed of about 30 knots.

Her IPS (Internal Propulsion System) gives her superb handling and berthing qualities. Each engine drives 2 counter-rotating propellers, which face forward on legs which project through the bottom of the hull, and steer the boat by turning independently of each other. At low speeds, she can turn on a sixpence and even go sideways under power from her props: there are no bow thrusters required, and she has no rudders! Her exhausts are vented through the drive legs, well below the boat, so she is also exceptionally clean and free from fumes.

She has a music system and TV. The galley is adjacent to the helm.

The cockpit/aft deck (which can be open or covered) seats 4/5, and the flybridge, 7/10. There is a huge sun bed on the flybridge, and another on the foredeck. They both boast simply ludicrously comfortable mattresses.

“Song and Dance" has a main double cabin, and two twin cabins for staying guests**, with full facilities (shower, piping hot water and toilets). The marinas we visit also have facilities for visitors.

For those brave enough to want to swim from her, there is a piping hot shower on the bathing platform.

**The sleeping quarters are not for the use of day-guests, save as emergency exit routes

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Please note that we DO NOT accept card payments. Please pay by cheque, cash or directly into our account. We will send you details when you book.

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Contact Us

You can either email us with your comments to info@swanningabout.co.uk, or click here to use our feedback form.

To discuss charter options, the best bet is probably to give us a ring on 01227 832039. If we're not in, leave a message and we'll get back to you ASAP. Alternatively, you can call Bob on 07767 887 662 or Jane on 07821 754667.

Our postal address is:

  57a High Street,
Bridge,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT4 5LA

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Trip ideas.

Come and have a go at helming (driving). £300 for an hour for up to 10 people, including tuition. Bob is a qualified instructor, so you'll be in good hands, and will be surprised at how much you can learn in a short time.

See if you enjoy the boating experience

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    All prices include vat at 0%!

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    Covid Rules August2021 URGENT

    Covid-19

    We are pleased to be able to say that we have resumed our full scattering ashes service with our full capacity of 10 guests on board per scattering. This is an absolute maximum. Please do not ask us to exceed this number as it is embarrassing to have to say “no”.

    If you have more than 10 people who would like to see what is going on, we can take the boat to a point close to a viewing area from where those on the shore can watch is going on. If we know that you’d like to use this facility, we will do our best to arrange the time to be close to high tide, so that we can get very close into the shore. We will provide full details of how to get to the viewing area when you have booked. It is a five minute drive, or 15 / 20 minute walk from the marina.

    If it looks as though the weather may be very poor for your booked day, we will contact you a day or so beforehand to discuss options. We are able to go onto the river in just about all weather, but very occasionally strong winds prevent this.

    Our full terms can be found on our website, www.swanningabout.co.uk and you will be deemed to have read and understood these, and any other literature sent to you about your charter.

    So if you are interested in our service, please call us on 07767887662 (Bob) or 07821754667 (Jane) and we will do all we can to accommodate you.

    Please be aware that we do NOT supply special urns. If you want any of these, they can be obtained from the undertakers you have used, or from www.scattering-ashes.co.uk

    Bob & Jane Ludlow

    August 2021

    We thank everyone for their continued support, look forward to seeing you in the months to come.

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  • Don't forget that Bob, an RYA cruising instructor, is available for private tuition. Just give a call on 07767887662

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    Covid Rules August 2021 URGENT

    Covid-19

    We are pleased to be able to say that we have resumed our full scattering ashes service with our full capacity of 10 guests on board per scattering. This is an absolute maximum. Please do not ask us to exceed this number as it is embarrassing to have to say “no”.

    If you have more than 10 people who would like to see what is going on, we can take the boat to a point close to a viewing area from where those on the shore can watch is going on. If we know that you’d like to use this facility, we will do our best to arrange the time to be close to high tide, so that we can get very close into the shore. We will provide full details of how to get to the viewing area when you have booked. It is a five minute drive, or 15 / 20 minute walk from the marina.

    If it looks as though the weather may be very poor for your booked day, we will contact you a day or so beforehand to discuss options. We are able to go onto the river in just about all weather, but very occasionally strong winds prevent this.

    Our full terms can be found on our website, www.swanningabout.co.uk and you will be deemed to have read and understood these, and any other literature sent to you about your charter.

    So if you are interested in our service, please call us on 07767887662 (Bob) or 07821754667 (Jane) and we will do all we can to accommodate you.

    Please be aware that we do NOT supply special urns. If you want any of these, they can be obtained from the undertakers you have used, or from www.scattering-ashes.co.uk

    Bob & Jane Ludlow

    August 2021

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    Come Seal Spotting, or to see Red Sands Fort.

    The price for the trip to the Forts is from just £900. Prices for Seal Spotting vary according to what you require.

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    Comments

    Dear Bob & Jane,

    I just felt that I had to thank you once again, you are two wonderful people. It’s often referred to as closure for me its much more, I’m so pleased that I was able to put my brother’s ashes in the place that he loved so much and you made that possible.

    We wish you all the best for the future.

    David PS: Your boat isn’t halve bad either, I’m quite envious.

    I would recommend Swanning About Charters if you wish to perform the final rites of a loved one locally. It was made all that much easier with Bob and Jane being such a lovely couple. Only ten people can go on the boat but others can watch from the [shore]. The walk for them is 15 to 20 minutes I would say. Remember to give those on the [shore] flowers to put into the water when you immerse the urn so they feel part of the ritual too. Thanks Bob and Jane for making it a smooth day for us.

    Karen October 21

    Dear Bob and Jane

    You both did a wonderful job yesterday and we all really appreciated all you did. It was the perfect send off for my dad.

    Raj Sept 21

    Thank you again for your service yesterday. You made a difficult day easier. The boys seemed to really enjoy being on the boat and your patience and kindness with them was much appreciated as it helped in keeping their spirits up during a difficult time. Also, Jane I just want to say how much I appreciated your help in scattering the ashes and how much consideration you showed for all our customs in ensuring that everything was done right. Thanks again, Kiran June 2019

    Dear Robert & Jane

    Many thanks for making yesterday a most memorable occasion. We weren't able to have a 'proper funeral' back in February, yesterday's scattering more than made up for that and was completely appropriate on so many levels.

    I and my family were impressed by the attention to detail and caring way in which it was all carried out.

    Again, our grateful thanks.

    With all good wishes,

    Sheila Langley & family.

    Hello Robert and Jane

    We would like to thank you both so much: it was perfect day for our ceremony. Jane orchestrated our mum’s final journey with such dignity, care and respect. All the family so proud and happy. Thank you once again .

    Warmest wishes

    Rita and all the family

    August 2021

    Ram Das Summan - 28th June 2021

    Last month we scattered our Mother’s Ashes on the River Medway. This was the first death in our family and we really did not know what to expect.

    After my initial call with Bob, it was clear we would be in good hands, and he gave me the advice we needed. On the day we were greeted by Jane at the entrance to the marina, she was so warm and caring that it felt like we had known her for years just after a few moments. Both Jane and Bob were very knowledgeable about our faith system and guided us through the whole process.

    I had concerns about how I would lower the urn, how and what you should do etc, Jane knew exactly how to do it and gently guided me through the process. The platform on the back of the boat was ideal and also the safety features.

    Thanks to Bob, Jane, and their Boat, the whole process of scattering our Mother’s Ashes was done with so much love and peace.

    My family and I chartered ‘Song and Dance’ on 13th of June 2021 in memory of my late sister to scatter her ashes on River Medway. We would like to thank both Bob and Jane for the par excellence service they provided us with. We really appreciate your thoughtfulness and professionalism and your dedication, especially taking care of my mum in a wheelchair. The whole process from my first call to Bob and Jane enquiring about the service to the actual day of the service was extremely seamless and they made sure everything went smoothly. We were also very impressed with your boat which is lovely. We all had a great experience and words cannot express how grateful our family is for your support, guidance and professionalism in providing a great service. We would highly recommend Swanning About over other charter companies. Thank you once again! Raj, Anita & Family

    Hi Bob and Jane, Thank you so much for today. Your care, friendliness and kindness made the whole process feel at ease. Thank you for considering our comfort and guiding us throughout and being such pleasant company. We appreciate and are grateful for all your hard work, time and patience. The boat was absolutely spectacular. We will definitely leave a review. Please take care and never stop smiling. Hope you like the photos. Kind Regards, Shanti and Family June 2021

    Hi Bob and Jane, We were very pleased and impressed with the service. I was given your details from my cousin who had also recently had to use this service. I can say I was not disappointed. The process from start to finish was very smooth and left no questions unanswered. Very professional and empathetic approach to what was a very personal and emotional experience. Regards, Sarve August 2020

    July 2020

    Hi Bob and Jane.

    Thank you so so much for today! Everyone said what a wonderful couple you are and what a fantastic job you did! We really appreciate your thoughtfulness and professionalism. Feels a huge relief to have scattered the ashes.. With very best wishes, Jacqui and Bobby

    Hi Bob and Jane

    Thank you again for your service yesterday. You made a difficult day easier. The boys seemed to really enjoy being on the boat and your patience and kindness with them was much appreciated as it helped in keeping their spirits up during a difficult time. Also, Jane I just want to say how much I appreciated your help in scattering the ashes and how much consideration you showed for all our customs in ensuring that everything was done right. Thanks again, Kiran June 2019

    April 2019

    Dear Robert and Jane, I just wanted to say a very big thank you for today. Your warmth, kindness, generosity and sincerity was very much appreciated on what was a very difficult and emotional day for my family. Your respect and consideration to our needs was very comforting and the grace shown by you both ensured that the day was memorable for the right reasons and helped to mark the passing of my father with a very dignified and honourable service. Wishing you both the best and hopefully, we'll back with my kids on a more happier occasion. Kind regards, Gurcharan

    Dear Robert and Jane, I just wanted to let you both know how your kindness was appreciated at a very difficult time. Thanks again, Anita

    Dear Bob and Jane, What a fantastic day we had, on your beautiful boat! Thank you for being so welcoming to the children and even letting them take over the steering wheel!!!! Duck over board was definitely a highlight!!!! It was an honour to be guests on your boat, which has very much impressed us and is so beautifully looked after to! Happy Days!!!! You have made our day even more special, and it will be a lasting memory! Thank you again, and I wish you all the best, Isabelle July 2018

    Dear Bob and Jane, I would like to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart for my mums ashes scattering that we did using your boat on Wednesday 21st February. You both showed so much love and respect for our religious values and made that extra effort to make sure the ashes ceremony went well. You both greeted myself and my family with a lot of respect and you were both so kind. The boat was such a beautiful boat and it was very clean. I will strongly recommend your boat services in the future. Myself and my family are very thankful to you both. We wish you the very best for the future. Kind & Best regards, Mr Jagjit Ryatt

    Hello Robert and Jane, I was delighted, it was more than what was expected. A very pleasant surprise, professionalism was first class, this was the prevailing opinion of all the attendees. Some of the attendees already planning a revisit. I looking forward to do this again under different circumstances Kind regards George Pinnock

    Many thanks Bob & Jane for a great afternoon swanning about with the family. Extra special touch with the birthday cake and a great surprise too. Look forward to the next excursion. Bob August 2016

    Thank you Bob & Jane for yet another superb day out!!! Very very enjoyable and we will definitely be back:) Would thoroughly recommend their services to anyone wanting to have an excellent time! Harriet

    Thank you so much both. I was at a loss: I didn’t know what to expect, but you both made it so easy. You are both kind, friendly and informative about the whole process. It’s help when people feel welcome in such a difficult situation like this. I highly recommend your services. Well done and thank you again. Hope to meet you in a happier circumstances. Mrs B Henderson Sept 16

    I would recommend Swannning about Charters to anyone. We decided to put my partners ashes into the water, as she loved boats and the water. Bob and Jane were brilliant lovely people who treated our request with respect and kindness. All our family and friends found this to be a wonderful experience, they felt relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Bob and Jane could not have been more welcoming and approachable. They were fabulous hosts and genuine people that were easy to talk to. We would happily use their services again and we would like to thank them for all they have done. Deb Davies

    We all thoroughly enjoyed our wonderful half-day charter on Song & Dance on 15th August. Firstly, the weather was perfect which always helps! Then the boat itself is superb, immaculately maintained and so comfortable with a great choice of seating areas in which to relax and enjoy being out on the water. And finally, the crew is outstanding; professional, knowledgeable and great company too! We had a fantastic time and would highly recommend a charter on Song & Dance to families or groups of friends who would like to explore the beautiful River Medway and its smaller creeks from the water. We will definitely be back. Thank you so much, Bob, Jane and Matt!

    Hi Robert and Jane. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip from Gravesend to Chatham. The kids loved it and are very keen to come again. Your boat is exceptional and very luxurious. We would 100% recommend a cruise with you guys. Thank you very much. Jagdip

    Thanks to you both for ensuring our trip out on your lovely boat to scatter our mum's ashes was so nice and peaceful. Thank you for showing such respect and for being so thoughtful. It was a great pleasure to meet you both and I look forward to using your services again , hopefully on a happier occassion. Viv July 2016

    On Saturday 18th July family members and friends joined Bob and Jane on their boat "Song and Dance" in order to scatter my parents ashes.We were a little apprehensive as this was the first ceremony of scattering ashes at sea that we had organised,let alone attended. Bob and Jane quickly put are minds to rest and the event was very dignified and went extremely smoothly. Bob and Jane engaged with the whole family including our two year old Goddaughter.I have no reservations in recommending their hospitality and services to others. As a family unit we intend to return, but with a longer charter to take advantage of their excellent facilities once again. Cheers! Brian

    What an awesome day. One of the best of my life!!! Wonderful boat, excellent and superb hosts. Would thoroughly recommend to anybody wishing to have the time of their lives. Bob and Jane offer one of the best services I have ever experienced, and a wonderful time was had by all. I hope to see you all again very soon Many many thanks Fred Moffitt - cruise on 18th July 2015

    Well what can I say, couldn't have been a better day for my Dads 80th birthday treat, we had 10 people on board and everybody had a really good time, we could use the boat as we wished and Bob and Jane were there for us at all times, without being in our way (how do you do that?) I cannot fault the experience and will recommend you to everyone. As for seeing dolphins and seals in the Thames I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it! Due to the nature of this trip the organisation was very detailed and although I told Bob and Jane my requirements, they did all the organising themselves which involved much correspondence and time. Cannot praise them enough on this, thank you so much. Will recommend you to everyone and will use you again. Grahame and Carla

    The level of service we received was excellent. The boat is beautiful and Bob and Jane were really welcoming, professional and very accommodating to our requirements. They were very kind, respectful and understanding of our loss. I would highly recommend this service to anyone thinking of scattering their loved ones ashes into the river. I did not really have time to grieve for my mother since I had to worry about organising her funeral and by using this service it allowed me to have the opportunity to say goodbye to her properly. Thank you Jane and Bob Sudesh Kumar May 2015

    On behalf of myself and my family, we would like to thank Bob and Jane for making a sad occasion a comfortable and memorable one. You both made us all feel very welcome and accommodated to our needs. Your kindness and helpful nature was much appreciated. The boat was absolutely beautiful, and you kept us very well informed on all Health and Safety aspects that needed to be adhered to. Would definitely use you again, but hopefully on a more happy occasion. Thank you once again Kam & family May 2015

    We used "Song and Dance" to scatter our mother's ashes. The boat is absolutely superb but Bob and Jane are both brilliant. The way they handled our trip was amazing. Respectful and very friendly. We have no hesitation in recommending their services. Looking forward to maybe one day using the boat for a charter. Thank you again. Paul.

    Just wanted to say a huge thank you to the wonderful Bob and Jane for making my parents Golden Wedding celebrations so special. Bob and Jane couldn't do enough for us and went the extra mile to make the day enjoyable for all our party ranging from 16 to 71 years old. Such a great day was had by all of us. I can highly recommend Swanning About, you won't be disappointed. We'll definitely be coming back to enjoy another trip with you in the future. Love from Diane & family

    Not knowing where to start, Bob and Jane helped us create a perfect day to enable us to say our final farewells to our Father. We were very much involved with how we would hold the service and where we would go along the river with Bob's guidance. The settings were very calm, respectful and peaceful. From the very first call I had with Bob I knew there wasn't anybody else I wanted to work with for this occasion, it was like I had known him for years. Bob and Jane were absolutely fantastic, and very much felt like part of the family rather than there to just provide a service. We couldn't have asked for anything more. Thank you Bob and Jane, simply wonderful. It was an absolute delight to meet you both, and I look forward to meeting you again and taking a trip on your beautiful boat. Harj, Dartford, Kent

    Dear Bob and Jane I would like to share our gratitude and thank you on behalf of my family for making this sad occasion as easy and comfortable as possible. We all returned home feeling very peaceful and satisfied that we made this decision and your support and service on the day made this this experience a memorable one. I hope to meet you both again on a happier occasion in the future. Thank you. Kind regards Rupinder

    We both thoroughly enjoyed our cruise - it was delightful, and we've been raving about it and the quality of service to our friends and colleagues ever since.

    It was a real pleasure to have met you and the crew, and many thanks for such a warm welcome aboard, great hospitality (and for rescuing Sharon's cap!). We too hope to schedule another cruise, and in which case, we look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes Andrew and Sharon

    Hello, Thank you so much for today, was amazing, a fantastic start to our family holiday. You were amazing hosts. We will see you again soon. Hamilton Family.

    I will definitely recommend you and use you again. You made yesterday special . Thank you . Ally

    Bob, Jane, Many thanks for a wonderful day out. Best Regards, Mike, Catherine & Zoe

    Hello Bob and Jane.......Thank you for the lovely trip on Saturday, a good time was had by all and I hope you didn't find us too loud. The boat was fantastic and you waited on us brilliantly - we felt guilty. ...Jan

    We would like to thank Jane and Bob for making the potentially difficult task of scattering both parents' ashes - into a sensitive and positive experience. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend them as great hosts on their lovely boat......Gill Levett

    "The service provided was on a beautiful boat and Bob and Jane were very respectful and accommodating of our religious customs. We were able to say our final goodbyes to my father in the calmness and beautiful surroundings of the local river. We would recommend their services to people of all religions and customs". C.L. Gravesend, Kent.

    Dear Jane and Bob Thank you so much for making the day special for Deb and myself. You have managed a unique balance between professionalism and friendliness; being of tremendous help without interfering in any way. You do indeed seem to go the extra mile... Thanks again. Rose

    "My family & I chartered "Song & Dance" in October for an hour on the River Medway. Our families included well behaved but young children (including a newborn!) and they were "in awe" of the boat and the experience and still chat about it! Safety was paramount which was reassuring. Our reasons for the charter were in memory of our Dad who passed and a similar service to scattering of ashes was held. Bob & Jane were respectful, empathetic & professional throughout. We had a happy, emotional time and "Song & Dance" is a stunning vessel & its obvious Bob & Jane take great pride in this & I would hope all future guests on their boat show them the respect they deserve by adhering to a few of their appropriate rules. We would all love to return again some time in the future. I would highly recommend Swanning About over other charter companies."

    "Today we went out on the Medway to scatter ashes. Jane and Bob were very accommodating and showed particular sensitivity in the matter. The boat is lovely, both inside and out, and it is well kept and tidy. Jane was very attentive to our needs and, following the ceremony, Bob was kind enough to allow us onto the top deck where he offered information about various local features on the river. We would recommend the service offered. DR B."