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X-Pilot is a 72 ton ex pilot vessel. Built in the year 1967 she worked at Gravesend along with her sister ship the River Thames, and as a pilot vessel she was expected to endure the harshest of conditions. She is 62 feet long and reliably stable.

X-Pilot now works as a charter vessel and is fully licensed by both Medway Council and the Port of London Authority to carry twelve passengers. If we haven't mentioned something you'd like to to do just give us a call or drop us an e-mail, we are open to all suggestions.

With her spacious upper and lower deck areas X-Pilot is perfect for all kinds of photography and film work. Her cabin area is suitable for dining and includes a television, DVD and video. She makes an ideal vessel for smaller corporate events such as days out and team building exercises.

A Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) is also available upon request. The RIB was custom built by a company that supplies the Coastguard with their patrol vessels.


Alan, X-Pilot's skipper, had the RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) specially built to order by the same company who supply the Coastguard with their patrol boats. So you can be sure of an exhilarating ride if you add the RIB to your package.

It's simplicity itself to lower her into the water! All we have to do is start the motor on the winch and hoist her skywards. No strength required! Although these strong lads wouldn't have any problems anyway.

Then it's just a case of swinging her over the side...
...and lowering her into the water.


Alan Harmer is X-Pilot's experienced Captain having been a boatman for all his adult life. Cockney born and Essex bred he now moors on the River Medway at Rochester. He's been down this way for over ten years so knows the Medway, Thames Estuary, Swale and the rivers of Essex like the back of his hand. He holds a Maritime and Coastguard Agency Boatmaster's License and is a qualified first aider. He is also a member of the Professional Boatman's Association.

As a Boatmaster qualified by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Alan is happy to offer instruction and coaching aboard your own vessel. Learn how to handle a larger boat and how to navigate the old fashioned way with charts, a pencil, a compass and 'mark one eyeball'. Alan can also skipper your own vessel for delivery etc. Alan can also offer a towing service with X-Pilot and along with the RIB can offer the solution to your safety boat needs.

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The X-Pilot

The Rib

The X-Pilot Catain

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