Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if it is bad weather?

Our boats are only licensed for good weather conditions, therefore in the case of adverse weather conditions, we will have to cancel your booking and offer a full refund unless an alternate arrangement is agreed. See our terms and conditions for more information.


Do we need to book in advance?

Yes, we always encourage booking in advance to avoid disappointment. We do have a few Motor Picarooners so you can usually wait to see what the weather is forecast and book a few days in advance. We only have one or two of our other boats so it is best to book as soon as you have a day in mind, we can usually alter the date nearer the time, subject to availability.


Do you provide life jackets?

Life jackets for all sizes are included in the price of hire.


Is fuel included?

Yes, a full tank of fuel, which will last over a full day is included in the price.


Do you need previous experience?

Our motorboats need no previous experience. Sailing experience is required for our sailing boats but no written qualification is needed, we will ask for your experience at the time of booking.


Are the boats hard to drive?

Our motorboats are very easy to drive and we will run through all of the controls upon arrival.


How far can we go?

Our motor boats and sailing picarooner can explore the far reaches of the river fal (tide dependent) to St Anthonys Lighthouse, whereas our Cornish Shrimpers and Leisure 20 can go a little further into Falmouth Bay and the Helford River. See ‘Cruising Area’ for more details.


How fast are the boats, what can we do in a day?

As our boats are licensed for non-experienced people they are not speed boats. Though, you can explore the whole of the River Fal in a day, from our pontoon it will take approx. 40mins to Falmouth, 50mins to St Mawes, 40 mins to Trellissick House and 20mins to the Pandora Inn.


Can we stop off anywhere?

There are many pontoons to stop off at including the Pandora Inn and St Mawes (both tide dependent), Falmouth and Trellissick House, or drop the anchor in a peaceful spot to enjoy a picnic.


When can we get to the Pandora?

Call up and ask us for the tidal information for that day but the Pandora’s pontoon will generally not be accessible 3 hours either side of low tide.


Are the boats easily accessible?

Yes, our boats are moored on our pontoon, which can be accessed via the slipway with no steps involved. The boats are at the same height as the pontoon so they are easy to step into.


Is there an age restriction?

All ages are allowed as long as someone over 18 is in charge of the boat.


Are dogs allowed onboard, do you provide lifejackets?

Yes, all dogs are very welcome onboard our boats. Lifejackets are not provided.


There are 7 of us, can we fit on the 6 person boat?

Our boats are licensed for a maximum of 6 people, including babies.


When can we hire your boats?

We are open 1stApril – 31stOctober, 10am-5pm, and until 8pm in June and July.


Are there toilets?

There are plenty of places to stop where you can use the toilet but there are none onboard the boat; we do provide a bucket though!


Can we take a boat away overnight?

Our boats can be taken away, as long as you have a suitable mooring and the owners permission, and that you are competent with tying it on safely.


Are there many places to moor overnight with the Cornish Shrimpers or Leisure 20?

There are plenty of places to moor overnight, please see the following links for more information, booking may be required.

Falmouth Visitors Yacht Haven

Pasco’s Boatyard, St Just

St Mawes

Helford River

You are more than welcome to stay on our pontoon overnight (this can dry out on spring low tides) or anchor overnight if the conditions are suitable.


If you have further queries then please see our Cruising Area page, Terms and Conditions page or Contact Us