• UK 01634 301910 / UK 07960 574821
  • xpilotkent@gmail.com



X-Pilot is a charter vessel working mainly in the rivers Medway and Swale in Kent and the Thames Estuary and also rivers in Essex in the Southeast of England.
X-Pilot is licensed by the Port of London Authority for boat hire.

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Vouchers for any Sailing

We also offer the opportunity to buy a voucher for any future sailing not yet advertised. This is a great idea for a Christmas present or a Birthday gift with the added bonus of protecting you from any future price increases.

There are different types of voucher for different sailings that you can buy for as many spaces as you like up to our maximum passenger capacity of twelve.

Grand Forts Tour

Sail from Queenborough All Tide Landing (ME11 5AA) on a superb seven plus hour adventure.

  • SS Richard Montgomery
  • Grain Fort
  • Knock John Fort
  • Shivering Sands Towers
  • Redsand Towers.

£79 per head (April-September) £69 per head (October-March)

Queenborough Standard Sailing

Sail from Queenborough All Tide Landing (ME11 5AA) to the Redsand Towers
Four and a half hour trip (approximately).

  • Thames Estuary
  • Redsand Towers

Spend an hour sailing around and between the towers.

£54 per head (April-September) £49 per head (October-March)

Rochester Standard Sailing

Sail from Rochester Pier (ME1 1SW) to the Redsand Towers

Six and a half hour trip (approximately)

  • Rochester Castle
  • Chatham Historic Dockyard
  • Napoleonic Forts
  • Redsand Towers

Spend an hour sailing around and between the towers.

£64 per head


Trips to the World War II Maunsell Fort – the Redsand Towers off the Southeast coast of England

We sail regular trips, during Spring and Summer but things slow down a bit in Winter, to the Maunsell Fort from Rochester Pier (ME1 1SW) and the All Tide Landing at Queenborough (ME11 5AA). We sail from historic Rochester (when the tide permits) and Queenborough, both in the county of Kent in the Southeast of England. The full details are also posted on our Facebook page and you can call on 01634 301910 (All enquiries best for booking & to speak to either the Captain or Owner), 07952 784311 (Captain Alan’s Mobile best for technical details) or 07960 574821 (Owner Martin’s mobile also for booking) to make a booking and for payment details. Please note that we do have central heating on X-Pilot, so for bookings during the colder months you do have somewhere to warm up.

Saturday 11/11/2017 Queenborough 10:30 Viewing £49 Per Head
Sunday 10/12/2017 Queenborough 10:30 Viewing £49 Per Head

These are all non-boarding or, as we describe them, viewing trips, but they are still the best way to see and photograph the towers because X-Pilot is the official Project Redsand supply vessel and we can get closer than any other vessel! On these trips you can expect to spend one hour sailing between, through and around the towers offering some exceptional opportunities for photography. Please note that return times, especially on trips from Rochester and Grand Forts Tours, are approximate.

Alan Harmer, the Captain of X-Pilot, and Martin Harmer, the Owner of X-Pilot, welcome your call if you wish to discuss the details or have any questions. Both Alan and Martin can be contacted on 01634 301910. You can also call Martin on 07960 574821 where you can leave a message and be called back or Alan on 07952 784311.

The Small Print
All sailings are subject to the weather and tidal restrictions. Payment for individual bookings is in advance and becomes non-refundable seven days prior to the sailing date. Hire of the boat for a party is payable in advance. Hire of the boat is non-refundable. Every effort will be made to find a mutually suitable alternative date should the trip be cancelled due to the weather. Should you need to cancel your trip due to personal reasons we will be happy to discuss this and provisionally arrange a mutually suitable alternative provided we are given a minimum of 24 hours notice.

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