Sailings

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 offer three main types of trip with some special event trips as well.

Email xpilotkent@gmail.com or call UK 01795 487568 / 07960 574821 to make a booking or purchase a voucher.

SS Richard Montgomery Wreck Trip

Following the news that the MOD plans to remove the masts from this iconic wreck with the work beginning in June 2022 X-Pilot will be running an additional 90 minutes trips to view the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery as a standalone trip. Departing from Queenborough Harbour (ME11 5EL) in Kent we take 30 minutes out to the wreck and will spend 30 minutes at the wreck's location. We will time the departure so that X-Pilot arrives at the wreck at low water when the wreck can viewed with maximum visibility.

See the sailings table below for dates and departure times.

Email xpilotkent@gmail.com or call UK 01795 487568 / 07960 574821 to make a booking or purchase a voucher.


Grand Forts Tour

Sail from Queenborough Harbour (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

Spend 30 minutes (approx) at each location for photography opportunities

£94 per head (June-August)

£89 per head (April, May & September)

£74 per head (October-March)


Redsand Towers Trip

Sail from Queenborough Harbour (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-August)

£59 per head (April, May & September)

£54 per head (October-March)


Forts Tour

Sail from Queenborough Harbour (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 (approx) at each location for photography opportunities

£79 per head (June-August)

£74 per head (April, May & September)

£64 per head (October-March)


Email xpilotkent@gmail.com or call UK 01795 487568 / 07960 574821 to make a booking or purchase a voucher.

All trips are also available to purchase as a dated voucher, an undated voucher or simply for a specified amount.

2022 Sailing Schedule

The sailings table below works differently depending on the device you use to view this site. Either scroll within the window or click to open in a new window/tab. You can also download the Sailings Sheet if required. Or you can call UK 01795 487568 / 07960 574821 to request that a copy be sent by email or post.

X-Pilot 2022 Sailings

Email xpilotkent@gmail.com or call UK 01795 487568 / 07960 574821 to make a booking or purchase a voucher.

These are all non-boarding 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 and Forts Tours we spend around 30 minutes (approx) at each location. 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.


All trips are also available to purchase as a dated voucher, an undated voucher or simply for a specified amount.


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.


Email xpilotkent@gmail.com or call UK 01795 487568 / 07960 574821 to make a booking or purchase a voucher.