Boat trips on the River Fal
Truro, Cornwall.


Relaxed sailing on sheltered waters discovering one of Cornwall's most beautiful rivers, 2 hours to all day.

Step aboard!

'Drifter' is a traditional sailing barge much admired for their beautiful shape, spacious decks and comfortable sailing.

Our tours include experiencing being under gentle sail. Our passengers are describing our boat trips as 'Magical', 'Beautiful', 'Wonderful', 'Amazing', and 'Perfect'.

All sailing is performed by an experienced crew.

Excellent reviws on TripAdvisor

Boat trips from 2 hours to all day!

Sail with friends. 'Share the sail' tours. Family days out on the water. Activities on the river. Picnics at anchor. (Subject to household mixing and social distancing rules)

Our two hour trip touring the River Fal allows you to discover this beautiful place in the best possible way, from the water!

Our longer 4 hour trip offers more time to explore the river and upper harbour (Carrick Roads), or a stop at anchor.


A great experience for all generations.

From £20 per person. More about our 2 & 4 hour sailing trips

Our longer 7 hour sailing trips are a complete and fun day on the water and allows us to explore much of the local area. More about day sailing

Family days out. Evening trips. Special events. Private sailing. Picnics at anchor. Romantic sailing. More about private boat hire

Sailing experience gift vouchers available.

Our tours are a great experience to gift. We produce beautifully presented vouchers for you to give to friends and family.

More about experience day vouchers

What our guests are saying!

"My wife organised a surprise afternoon trip on Drifter. We all had a fantastic experience aboard this traditional Dutch sailing barge. I can highly recommend a trip out with Neil and Deb, extremely good value for money, stunning views of the river at a sedate pace. Ideal for those new to sailing, or if you just want to have a relaxed trip down the river. Huge thanks to them both." Stevon, Plymouth

"We can highly recommend Sailing barge Drifter. It was an amazing experience and the barge is a dream boat. The feeling of sheer tranquility was overwhelming and it must be one of the most relaxing few hours spent in a long time for us. Forget Spas and massage and go enjoy messing about on the river. Neil and Debbie gave us a trip to remember and we can’t wait to do it again." Lesley and Alistair

Such a unique and tranquil experience

Perfect day out on the river

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The crew of sailing barge Drifter

Meet the crew

Meet the crew of Sailing Barge Drifter. For the last 20 years, Neil & Debbie have had an amazing life on the water and despite sailing in some exotic places, Falmouth is their favourite sailing ground.

Both of them are very experienced sailors and entertaining hosts. They aim to offer the finest sailing tours in the River Fal. Their friendly nature and passion for ensuring their guests have a great time out on the water is core to what they do.

It is not just their sailing experiences and skills which are excellent. Debbie has worked in the hospitality industry almost her entire life, and also as a nanny and carer. Neil has built his own house, restored a classic car and once worked in IT for a major bank. Together they are a confident and welcoming crew.

Where to find us

We start and finish our sailing trips at Malpas near Truro. We can also consider other pickup locations.

Satnav postcode is TR1 1SQ. There is free parking alongside the road either side of The Heron Inn.

Contact us

2 hour trips - ½ day / day sailing - private boat hire

Schedule a sailing trip by contacting us.


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Telephone number 07588 97135707588 971357

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