June 28, 2023

JumpDay – Skuna BBQ Boats in Canary Wharf

Ship ahoy!

For Jump’s first team-bonding afternoon of the summer, we all headed to Skuna Boats in Canary Wharf. 

Skuna offers people the chance to hire two types of boats to explore the West India Quay waters. One is a Hot Tub Boat experience – which funnily enough we didn’t go for. No one needs to see the Directors in their swimwear. The other is a rather fabulous floating doughnut-shaped BBQ Boat. The boats can accommodate 10 people – so we had two booked for the team to divide up into.

Each boat requires a designated captain – who for obvious reasons is not allowed to drink any alcohol.  Jump Director, Mrs. Kate Norley, in a moment of madness, shunned the opportunity to sip champagne and took the helm of Boat One.

Superstar 3D animator, Mark Fairless captained Boat Two. Mark regularly appears in our online weekly Monday Morning Meetings with the Pirate filter switch on – so it was no surprise he was up for steering the ship – appropriately also donning a real-life tricorn hat.

Sitting in the middle of the boat is a gas-powered, Premium Cadac Citi Chef BBQ – along with all the utensils you will require to flip your burgers and spin your sausages. 

You can purchase food for your barbecue directly from Skuna – but Jump’s Marketing Director and Boat Two Chef, Russell Hilliard had his mind set on curating the food and bringing some fabulous Lincolnshire sausages from The Ginger Pig for our lunch. For vegetarians we also had delicious Beyond Burgers (which we highly recommend!), This Isn’t Pork sausages – and Becky Clacey’s favourite, Richmond’s Meat Free sausages

Jump’s Head Creative Mr Norley did an excellent job wielding the BBQ tongs in Boat One.

The boating session lasted 1 hour 50 mins – which absolutely flew by. The barbecue was sizzling for the whole time. It was a gorgeous hot day but the boat had a canopy for shade and there was a lovely cooling breeze out on the water. With Jump Art Director David Skinner acting as DJ and providing some excellent music on his phone – including the Theme from Pirates of the Caribbean obviously – it was a rather delightful afternoon.

If you’re looking for a work team activity – or maybe something to do with your family over the summer months – we can heartily recommend hiring a Skuna.

Great fun!

You can read about some of our other team-bonding JumpDays here:

Guided Walking Tour of Clerkenwell

Cornelia Parker Exhibition

Life Drawing with Bella