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You could be the Kentish Lady’s new owners!


If you take the advice of Tony Cheeseman, who made the lifestyle switch from builder to boat owner 10 years ago, “there’s nothing as nice as messing about on the river”.


After buying Maidstone’s iconic Kentish Lady in 2003, he and his family have built the business into a thriving operation, attracting over 18,000 passengers a year.


He said: “We currently offer several cruises, including one-hour trips from the town centre to Allington Lock on weekends and school holidays; our ever-popular three-hour cruises, which include fish & chips, on weekdays, and attract coach parties from all over the South East; and, not forgetting, the birthday parties and wedding receptions – all with the added bonus of a fully licensed bar and catering.”


Ideally located behind Archbishop’s Palace, its waterside base includes a leasehold office, refreshment kiosk and a store/workshop. For those


feeling adventurous, there is mooring space for a second boat if the new owner wants to expand the business still further.


Tony said: “I’ve loved every minute of running the business, from restoring the boat to running the service. Now I’m looking to spend a bit more time in the garden and it’s time for someone else to take the helm.


“We’ve put an enormous


amount of effort into building the business to where it is now. However, there is still a lot of untapped potential for the new owners to explore.


“Although I’m now looking forward to retirement, I could still be persuaded to steer the Lady, part-time, if I was needed.


The Kentish Lady, with its twin 60hp diesel engines, has been completely refurbished, and is licensed


to carry 100 passengers. Users can enjoy the views from the large windows or on one of the two open decks. There are also two washrooms on board and a large 16kva generator.


Returning an impressive six figure net profit, the cruising company now has a monopoly on the non-tidal River Medway and comes with five years of customer information and a website included in the £250,000 price tag.


For further details, viewings, or to make an offer, contact Tony Cheeseman on 07973 866971.


Malling July 2014


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