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Sailings

FORTHCOMING SAILINGS

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 for one calendar year.

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 or simply buy a voucher for a specified and the holder makes up the difference on booking.

Grand Forts Tour

Sail from Queenborough All Tide Landing (ME11 5EL) on a superb seven hour approx. adventure that is exclusive to X-Pilot. Please note that this trip goes out into exposed waters and can, on occasion, be a wet and wild ride. We visit…

  • SS Richard Montgomery
  • Grain Tower Battery
  • Thames Estuary
  • Kentish Flats Wind Farm
  • Knock John Fort
  • Shivering Sands Towers
  • Redsand Towers

£94 per head (June, July & August) £89 per head (April, May & September) £74 per head (October-March)
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Redsand Towers Sailing

Sail from Queenborough All Tide Landing (ME11 5EL) to the Redsand Towers
Four hour trip (approximately)

  • Thames Estuary
  • Redsand Towers

Spend an hour sailing around and between the towers.

£64 per head (June, July & August) £59 per head (April, May & September) £54 per head (October-March)
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Forts Tour

Sail from Queenborough All Tide Landing (ME11 5EL) to the Redsand Towers, the Shivering Sands Towers and the iconic wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery

Five and a half hour trip (approximately)

  • Redsand Towers
  • Shivering Sands Towers
  • The wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery
  • Thames Estuary

Spend 30 minutes at each location for photography opportunities

£79 per head (June, July & August) £74 per head (April, May& September) £64 per head (October-March)
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Trips to the World War II Maunsell Forts – the Redsand Towers, the Shivering Sands Towers and the Knock John Fort, all also 60s Pirate Radio Bases, 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 Forts from the All Tide Landing at Queenborough Harbour (ME11 5EL) on the Isle of Sheppey 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 01795 487568 (All enquiries best for booking & to speak to either the Captain or Owner), 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.

Coronavirus Update – X-Pilot resumed sailings in April 2021, but you should be aware that the situation is in constant flux and we will continue to follow government advice as updates are issued. X-Pilot currently offers a COVID-19 booking guarantee so that you may book with confidence, should the government delay any easing of current restrictions or reintroduce restrictions we will offer an incentivised transfer to an alternative sailing date or a no quibble refund.

X-Pilot is the Preferred Provider of The Maunsell Seaforts Appreciation Group on Facebook.

The sailing table below is best viewed in Landscape Mode if viewing on a mobile device.

Saturday 30/10/2021 Grand Forts Tour 10:00 Only five spaces left! £74 Per Head
Sunday 31/10/2021 Sunset Special Grand Forts Tour arriving at the Redsand Towers in time for sunset 11:00 With special guest photographer, historian and founder of The Maunsell Seaforts Appreciation Group on Facebook, Margaret Flo McEwan. Only two spaces left! £99 Per Head
Saturday 06/11/2021 Redsand Towers Sunset Special 14:00 With special guest Margaret Flo McEwan. Fully booked! £59 Per Head
Saturday 13/11/2021 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £54 Per Head
Sunday 28/11/2021 Forts Tour 09:30 Now includes the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery! £64 Per Head
Sunday 05/12/2021 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £54 Per Head
Saturday 11/12/2021 Grand Forts Tour 08:30 Viewing £74 Per Head
Sunday 09/01/2022 Grand Forts Tour 08:30 Viewing £74 Per Head
Saturday 12/02/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £54 Per Head
Saturday 12/03/2022 Forts Tour 10:30 Viewing £64 Per Head
Sunday 03/04/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £59 Per Head
Sunday 10/04/2022 Grand Forts Tour 10:00 Viewing £89 Per Head
Saturday 16/04/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £59 Per Head
Saturday 23/04/2022 Grand Forts Tour 09:00 Viewing £89 Per Head
Sunday 01/05/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £59 Per Head
Saturday 07/05/2022 Forts Tour 09:30 Viewing £74 Per Head
Sunday 08/05/2022 Grand Forts Tour 09:00 Viewing £89 Per Head
Saturday 14/05/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £59 Per Head
Saturday 21/05/2022 Forts Tour 09:30 Viewing £74 Per Head
Sunday 22/05/2022 Grand Forts Tour 09:00 Viewing £89 Per Head
Sunday 29/05/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £59 Per Head
Saturday 04/06/2022 Forts Tour 08:30 Viewing £79 Per Head
Sunday 05/06/2022 Grand Forts Tour 08:00 Viewing £94 Per Head
Wednesday 08/06/2022 Grand Forts Tour 10:30 Viewing £84 Per Head
Saturday 11/06/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £64 Per Head
Sunday 12/06/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £64 Per Head
Wednesday 15/06/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £59 Per Head
Tuesday 21/06/2022 Grand Forts Tour 10:00 Viewing £84 Per Head
Saturday 25/06/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £64 Per Head
Sunday 26/06/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £64 Per Head
Thursday 30/06/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £59 Per Head
Saturday 02/07/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £64 Per Head
Sunday 03/07/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £64 Per Head
Wednesday 06/07/2022 Grand Forts Tour 09:00 Viewing £84 Per Head
Saturday 09/07/2022 Grand Forts Tour 11:30 Viewing £94 Per Head
Sunday 10/07/2022 Grand Forts Tour 13:00 Viewing £94 Per Head
Monday 11/07/2022 Forts Tour 13:30 Viewing £69 Per Head
Saturday 16/07/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £64 Per Head
Sunday 17/07/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £64 Per Head
Wednesday 20/07/2022 Grand Forts Tour 09:30 Viewing £84 Per Head
Saturday 23/07/2022 Grand Forts Tour 12:00 Viewing £94 Per Head
Sunday 24/07/2022 Grand Forts Tour 13:00 Viewing £94 Per Head
Monday 25/07/2022 Forts Tour 13:30 Viewing £69 Per Head
Saturday 30/07/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £64 Per Head
Sunday 31/07/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £64 Per Head
Friday 05/08/2022 Grand Forts Tour 09:00 Viewing £84 Per Head
Saturday 06/08/2022 Grand Forts Tour 10:00 Viewing £94 Per Head
Sunday 07/08/2022 Grand Forts Tour 11:00 Viewing £94 Per Head
Monday 08/08/2022 Grand Forts Tour 12:30 Viewing £84 Per Head
Tuesday 09/08/2022 Forts Tour 13:00 Viewing £69 Per Head
Saturday 13/08/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £64 Per Head
Sunday 14/08/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £64 Per Head
Friday 19/08/2022 Grand Forts Tour 09:30 Viewing £84 Per Head
Saturday 20/08/2022 Grand Forts Tour 10:00 Viewing £94 Per Head
Sunday 21/08/2022 Grand Forts Tour 11:00 Viewing £94 Per Head
Monday 22/08/2022 Grand Forts Tour 12:30 Viewing £84 Per Head
Tuesday 23/08/2022 Forts Tour 13:00 Viewing £69 Per Head
Saturday 27/08/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £64 Per Head
Sunday 28/08/2022 Redsand Towers Trip 11:30 Viewing £64 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 has years of experience in Fort Trips and we get closer than any other vessel! On the Redsand Towers Trips you can expect to spend one hour (approx) sailing between, through and around the towers offering some exceptional opportunities for photography. On the Grand Forts Tours we spend around 45 minutes (approx) at each location and around 30 minutes (approx) at each location on the Forts Tour. Please note that all return times 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 01795 487568. You can also call Martin on 07960 574821 where you can leave a message and be called back.

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 48 hours notice.

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