We found this rare Beaver Stern Launch built around 1926. Lady Genevieve was built by Taylor Bates of Chertsey for a member of the aristocracy whose family is reputed to have taken Princess Margaret for many trips on board. The cabin is simply elegant. It’s comfy for cruising and has room for sleeping and the addition of a private bath if desired. The forward canopy is removable if required.
In 1947 Lady Genevieve carried both Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth to the Henley Royal Regatta. In the early 1950s her new owner moored and maintained her at Messum of Bray where she remained until 1968. She then went to Peter Freebody for some restoration work and remained in his care for regular maintenance until 1981. Subsequently she was sold to a resident of Wargrave who kept her outside his riverside property during the season and under cover at Bushnell’s of Wargrave in the winter.
Her present owner purchased her in 2009 and has made several improvements and undertaken some refurbishment including new cushions and curtains in 2019 which look fabulous. During the current ownership she has been used occasionally for luxury charter. She’s 40 feet long with an 8.5 ft beam with a diesel engine.
This is a truly historic craft in great condition. She is available for viewing near Henley on Thames winter and summer. Price if available on request.