River Fal Barge Trips
Relaxed sheltered waters sailing

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Relaxed sailing trips on the River Fal

We offer trips of 2 hours, 4 hours and all day. We sail everyday in season, with start times that take best advantage of tides. All trips start at finish at Malpas near Truro.

The barge is crewed by two experienced sailors, you can sit back and enjoy the river while they take care of all the sailing.


The government announcement with regard to the staged easing of coronavirus restrictions mean we can offer our trips again from the 12th April.

We will offering our trips subject to any social contact and social distancing rules in place.

All safety equipment included. Lifejackets for adults and children are available.


12th April onwards, private hire will be available with a maximum of 4 people from a single household only.

17th May onwards, ‘share-the-sail’ trips will be available with a maximum of 4 people, limited to two households.

21st June onwards, we will be hoping to return to our maximum of 6 people onboard from mixed households, subject to the government review of social distancing.

We recommend booking well in advance.

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2 hour sailing trips £25 per person

Sailing barge Drifter in the River Fal

Explore the sheltered waters of the River Fal in a very special way, onboard our traditional sailing barge.

Within moments of boarding at Malpas near Truro, you will be gently cruising along the emerald green waters of the rivers upper reaches.

We explore this beautiful place discovering nature, historic estates, strategic war time locations, an ancient pilgrims way and a uniqiue fishing industry. Our trips are sociable, family friendly and relaxed.

We always aim to get under gentle sail during our trips where nothing but the sounds of the water and watching the sails gently move us along will enchant you.

The experienced and knowledgable owners Neil & Debbie take care of all the sailing.

This 'share-the-sail' trip includes cruising down the river to the Trelissick estate passing Tregothnan, Tolverne and the King Harry chain ferry on the way. We then return up river to Malpas.

If your group is less than 6 you may be joined by others. Alternatively, Private Hire is available. We also offer a 4 hour trip.

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4 hour sailing trips £45 per person

Sailing barge raising sail

A 4 hour (half day) sailing trip enhances your time on the water as we can tour a little further from our starting point.

Passengers on these trips have enjoyed the very best of the sailing area around Falmouth. The crew are happy to share their knowledge of its history and industry.

As well as the cruise included on our 2 hour tour, you will typically spend more time under sail in the sheltered waters of the Carrick Roads perhaps including locations such as Mylor, Restrongeut, St Just and St Mawes.

Occasionally, we will also be able to explore quieter parts of river, some rarely visited.

Where we sail and the distance we can cover is dependent on the wind and tide and is what makes every one of our sailing trips different. We have often been asked to stop at anchor on these trips, where there is time to enjoy the surroundings and lunch, or even a swim.

Our 4 hour tours are 'share the sail'. If your group is less than 6 you may be joined by others. Alternatively, Private Hire is available.

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Private boat hire

Sailing barge sailing gently

The barge is available for private hire for any duration from 2 hours to all day. Any itinerary and activity will be considered including special events, picnics at anchor, family and friends outings, river tours, wild swimming, romantic cruising, wedding transport etc.

Dogs are welcome on these trips.

The cost for 2 hours, half day and all day are £120, £240 and £420 respectively.

Note that we do not provide food and drink. We welcome you to bring your own picnic hamper. We do have a BBQ on board.

Alternatively, you can join other passengers onboard our share the sail trips from £25 per person.

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Day sailing trips

Sailing barge Drifter in the River Fal

Our 7 hour day sailing trips are very affordable at £420 and are private hire, with up to 6 people.

These trips give you the opportunity to fully absorb the beauty and spirit of the area, including its nature and heritage.

During a day sail we can explore most of the Falmouth area which can include the River Fal, St Mawes, St Just, Mylor & Falmouth. If the weather allows we can choose to sail out of the harbour and into Falmouth Bay. The day will include anchoring for a picnic lunch and swimming.

Our day sails are fantastic days out on the water, and we will consider any pickup/drop location, itinerary and activities.

Drifters seating and helm area is spacious, comfortable and a great place to socialise. The experienced crew take care of all the sailing.

You are welcome to bring along your own picnic hamper and drinks to enjoy. We do carry a BBQ on board.

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Sailing experience gift vouchers

Sailing barge Drifter experience voucher

A sailing experience is a fantastic affordable gift. You can gift a sailing experience of 2 hours or 4 hours which can be redeemed at any time throughout the sailing season (Spring, Summer and Autumn).

A 2 hour 'share-the-sail' experience is £25 per person, a 4 hour sailing experience is £45 per person.

We can also produce vouchers for exclusive Private Hire from 2 hours to all day.

The voucher is presented on card in beautiful full colour, and is 6 x 4 inch. We are happy to include any personal message making the voucher even more special.

If you have received a sailing experience voucher, please get in touch about our sailing schedule.

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Under sail...

The crew of sailing barge Drifter

Part of our tours of the River Fal include time under quiet sail.

We raise at least one of our sails and turn off the engine. The relaxing sound of the rippling water, watching the local wildlife and looking at the sail gently move us along will entrance you.

Drifter by name, Drifter by nature... we keep things as relaxed as possible.

Where we sail to, and how much time is spent under sail is dependent on wind direction/strength, also on tides/currents.

Trips in the upper parts of the River and creeks are usually performed under power but occasionally possible under sail.

The picture shows us sailing along in the rarely visited Ruan creek, which heads inland to the source of the River Fal.


We want you to have to best experience possible on the water so we will not sail when the conditions are unfavourable. This means we sometimes ask you to consider moving a booked sailing trip to another day. We typically sail in wind strength up to Beaufort force 4 (Moderate breeze).