On the outside I might have appeared all reserved and cordial but inside you can be sure I was singing “I’m on a boat motherf***er” to myself. The “launch” of Pontoon, the only private hire yacht on the Thames, was a fab way to spend an otherwise ordinary Tuesday night. The pommery flowed freely, the canapes where plentiful and tasty and the beaming evening sunlight twinkled on the water most delightfully. Of course, with hiring fees for this five-berth yacht running from £2500 to a helluvalot more, it was probably my only opportunity to enjoy such gloating at this exclusive venue.
Yes, a few thousand quid certainly is a lot of moola but given this megaboat has event capacity of up to 70, the breakdown isn’t quite so bad really. A classic motor yacht built in 1975 by Camper Nicholson and updated with high-end fittings in 2010 with a natural wood terrace, roomy lounge, three double suites and two twin rooms, it’s one to hint hint nudge nudge your office’s partytime coordinator if there’s some reason to celebrate coming up.
Moored at the already very pleasant St Katharine Docks, Pontoon opens 26th May. Interested (or just wanna gawk)? The Pontoon crew ain’t so hoitytoity they can’t throw up a page on Facebook: