Boat trips and tours
on the River Fal, Cornwall

2 & 4 hour trips. Truro and Falmouth.

Step aboard!


Explore the enchanting River Fal in Cornwall onboard our beautiful sailing barge. Sit back and relax, the crew take care of all the sailing. Passengers are describing our trips as 'Magical', 'Beautiful', 'Wonderful' and 'Amazing'.


We especially encourage those who have never sailed before to join us onboard our spacious and family-friendly sailing barge.

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2 & 4 hour 'share-the-sail' or 'private hire' boat trips on sheltered waters.

No experience required and all safety equipment provided.

2 & 4 hour trips

On our 2 hour trip we discover the nature and heritage along the quiet upper reaches of the River Fal. Our longer 4 hour trip also takes us onto the wider harbour waters which are surrounded by beautiful countryside and villages.

These 'share-the-sail' trips are a great way to join us and others on the water from £25 per person..

Individuals, couples and small groups welcome.

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Private boat hire

Exclusive, tailored tours and activities from 2 hours to all day. From £120 for up to 6 people.

Dogs are welcome onboard our private hire trips!


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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.

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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

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Meet the crew

The crew of sailing barge Drifter

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 on inland waterways as well as being able to undertake more adventurous sea voyages.

Neil is a qualified 'Yachtmaster Ocean' with over 50,000 sea miles. Back 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 onboard 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 in this area, and for sharing the experience with others is obvious to all who meet them. They are looking forward to having you onboard.

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 1SW. 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.

Contact us

2 hour trips - ½ day trips - private boat hire

Trips are scheduled by contacting us with your desired date


or your Email us about our sailing trips in Falmouth app: 

Telephone number 07588 97135707588 971357


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