Latest News – March 2021

Greetings from everyone at Piper Boats!

We hope everyone has been staying safe and healthy through the challenges of 2020 and 2021.  The challenges of covid and Brexit have not been easy for many of us.  It is a relief that there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel, and we can all look forward to returning to normal boating life. 

Piper Boats are experiencing and anticipating a very busy 2021, as people get their lives back on track.  In the last few weeks, it has been our pleasure to speak with plenty of new customers about their plans for late ’21 and ’22.  We have already taken orders for 2022 and have only two build slots remaining for 2021.  If we can help any of you with your ideas, then please drop us an email at

The Thames will be opening back up next month and we will be straight back at it; launching our first boat of the year immediately- a 60M, Motorclass Dutch Style Barge, Emily xx.  You can read more about this boat by following the links below.  This will be the first of two boats being launched that we have built this year already, with a 49M Motor class Dutch Style Barge due to be launched in April. 

We will also be launching our new river cruiser, which you will know has been in the pipeline for some time now.  This is a new model for Piper Boats, with a design commissioned by the esteemed boat designer, Andrew Wolstenholme.  There is some more information on our fit-out workshop journal page but check out Facebook and our website for further details of this exciting new launch. 

It is not just boat launches keeping us busy on the Thames, we are planning the return of our Henley On Thames Event too, Click here to register your interest.  The gathering of Piper boat owners and new customers is due to be held at Temple Islands Meadow on the 18th-19th September.  Many of you will be looking forward to it already, the chance to see so many Piper Boats and chat to all of the Piper Boats Family feels long overdue!  We are working hard to make sure that this year will be one of the best, we’ve got to make up for missing out on 2020! Watch out for more information on our website. 

Actually, the Henley event will not be the only chance to see Piper Boats this autumn, with the Salon Fluvial weekend in St Jean De Losne also being scheduled for September 25th and 26th.  Very similar to our Henley event, Salon Fluvial is a boat show which Piper Boats are very proud to be a part of.  The 2019 Salon Fluvial featured a record number of Piper barges and it will be sure to continue in 2021.  We look forward to seeing all of the European customers there.  The final dates are yet to be announced and we hope to have some more news for you about this in our next Piper Press. 

Finally, we wish all of you a fantastic 2021 and we hope to see you later in the year.  In the meantime, please give us a call or send a quick email if we can do anything to help you. 

Simon, Andrea, Nick & the Piper team