'Drifter' is beautiful, spacious and comfortable. Our small group river tours include time under gentle sail. Passengers are describing our boat trips as 'Magical', 'Beautiful', 'Wonderful', 'Amazing', and 'Perfect'.
All sailing is performed by the experienced crew.
Sail with friends. 'Share the sail' tours. Family days out on the water. Activities on the river. Picnics at anchor. (Subject to social distancing rules)
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.
"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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Neil and Debbie will always go out of their way to ensure every aspect of your time onboard is as good as it can be.
Over the last 20 years they have worked as professional crew on an envious variety of boats from historic to ultra modern. During that time they have sailed in the most beautiful locations including in Europe, the Caribbean and the USA.
When the time came to buy their own boat, they chose a sailing barge because their passion is traditional vessels, and the design is well known for comfortable and social sailing. They wanted a versatile boat that was capable of sailing in shallow waters as well as undertaking more adventurous voyages.
Neil is a commercially endorsed ocean yacht master with over 50,000 sea miles. In 2000 he took a sabbatical, which resulted in swapping a career in IT for a life on the water. Debbie also holds a skippers license and has a wealth of experience in care and hospitality.
They met while working together on a historic (100 years old at the time) Thames sailing barge, and later got married in the middle of winter because they were too busy sailing in the summer!
They have made the River Fal their home. Their enthusiasm for sailing and for sharing the experience with others is obvious to all who meet them and they look forward to welcoming you onboard 'Drifter'
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.
Please allow plenty of time for parking as it is sometimes quite busy.
2 hour trips - ½ day trips - private boat hire
Schedule a sailing trip by contacting us.OUR TRIPS ARE SUBJECT TO SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES