Sailing Barge Drifter
Sailing Barge Drifter
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Experience the beauty of being under gentle sail onboard a stunning traditional sailing barge. River trips from £30 per person for 2 hours to all day in the sheltered waters around Truro and Falmouth. We keep things relaxed, and especially welcome those who have never sailed before.
Truro, Cornwall, England

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Trek114646
London, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Glorious day out with co-captains, Debbie and Neil on the wonderful Dutch sailing barge, Drifter. They were both incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the River Fal and its wildlife and the grand estates bordering the river. They were also both very welcoming and great company to share our adventure. We saw seals sunning themselves and myriad birds as we meandered along each reach of the river and a new breathtaking view revealed itself with every bend. The barge is beautifully kept and equipped and very comfortable. We brought a picnic aboard and anchored in a lovely scenic bay for lunch. I even got to take the tiller for the return journey to Malpas! A fabulous relaxed day on the water and in nature, leaving us all feeling refreshed and in awe of the unparalleled beauty of Cornwall. Very highly recommended.
Written 2 October 2023
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What a brilliant day it was to end our 2023 sailing season, the weather was perfect, and the Autumnal vibes on the river were just spectacular. Thank you so much for joining us on board and for writing your amazing review.
Written 5 October 2023
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H B
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Debbie & Neil are fantastic and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 1/2 hour sail with them. The scenery is stunning, and they shared so many interesting insights into what we saw along the way. Communication was great, and the recommendation to try The Blue Heron Inn for lunch afterwards was spot on. This is an absolute highlight of our Cornwall vacation and we highly recommend this experience!
Written 23 June 2023
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It was such a good trip that we did run over the time a little. Thank you for your lovely review it means a lot to us. Happy travels.
Written 28 June 2023
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franeve
Bodmin, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We had a wonderful leisurely trip this afternoon silently sailing the rivers and learning its history and its use in WW2. If you only take one boat trip in Cornwall, especially if you wish to escape the crowds, make it this one. Without being lectured to we learnt some fascinating facts, unknown to us despite living in Cornwall for many years. You will see from other comments you will not be disappointed. Thank you Neil & Debbie.
Written 22 June 2023
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There is a surprising amount of history to the river and we are always happy to go into as much as little detail as our passengers want. Thank you for your lovely review and for spreading the word about our river trips.
Written 28 June 2023
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Robert
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Lovely quiet trip down river. Neil and Debbie very knowledgeable and gave information without being intrusive. Would love to do this again. Beautiful part of country.
Written 23 May 2023
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It was a wonderful day to be on water. Thank you so much for adding to our reviews. Happy travels.
Written 24 May 2023
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debbie m
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
A fabulous four hours with friends on a beautiful old Dutch sailing barge Drifter.
We were so lucky with the weather, having sunshine and a gentle breeze. The river was stunning and brought back many childhood memories for me.

Neil and Debbie were great hosts and very informative about the river Fal and Helford's great history.

A wonderful relaxing afternoon was had by us all and my hubby and friend were both invited to steer the barge - this truly made their day.

We all highly recommend a grand day out on Drifter with Neil and Debbie.
Written 21 May 2023
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A wonderful afternoon it was which we thoroughly enjoyed as well meeting you all. Thank you for your lovely 5* review.
Written 23 May 2023
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Colleen B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Absolutely fabulous morning on a beautiful barge on the Fal river with Neil and Debbie. Relaxed and peaceful with stunning scenery and weather and lots of local knowledge. Thanks so much really enjoyed it!
Written 16 May 2023
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Thank you for choosing to sail with us and for leaving your wonderful review, it was a very special day to be on the water!
Written 18 May 2023
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Pauline L
Truro District, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Our morning cruise was just the relaxation we needed and Debbie & Neil were fantastic hosts! Seeing the beautiful sights of the River Fal from the sailing barge was so peaceful and a really memorable experience. Our hosts provided relaxed conversational commentary as we drifted silently along enjoying the sightings of Herons, Egrets and Cormorants plus the exclusive but well camouflaged seal community! We also loved hearing about the history of some of the beautiful locations and buildings on the riverbank.
Overall, for us this was truly unique and relaxing way to enjoy the beautiful scenery on the River Fal! Great value for money and we look forward to more trips in the near future!
Written 26 August 2022
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Thank you for your wonderful 5* review and it was lovely to meet you all. See you again soon!
Written 27 August 2022
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Wenders
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A grand day out with friends, family and Bertie the dog. The Drifter is a lovely old Dutch sailing barge that has been beautifully restored by owners, and hosts, Neil and Debbie. Both Neil and Debbie have years of sailing experience and a deep knowledge of the area including the wildlife. Their boat is very solid so ideal for those who may worry about their "sea legs". Despite the day we sailed being cool, grey, and not that windy, we still thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our hosts also ensured our furry companion was comfortable by taking him by tender to dry land when we stopped for lunch. The only thing that could have been better was the weather.
Written 21 August 2022
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Thank you for your wonderful 5* review. Happy travels.
Written 22 August 2022
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Jo R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Just returned from our trip on 'Drifter' with Neil and Debbie.An absolutely amazing experience. My husband and I loved every minute of the trip. Both Neil and Debbie were very welcoming and friendly. Both very knowledgeable of the surroundings . Cannot recommend this trip enough, excellent value for money and we hope to return in the near future.
Written 7 August 2022
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The weather was amazing as was meeting you both, it was a brilliant 4 hours on the water. Thank you for your lovely 5* review.
Written 8 August 2022
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Julie S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
A truly stunning day out sailing on the beautiful Dutch barge Drifter. Debbie and Neil were so knowledgeable giving us lots of information of the days gone by and the history of the river, whilst siting back and listening to the river waters running past quietly as she sailed along. So peaceful and tranquil. This is such a stunning part of Cornwall that we never see with amazing wildlife both along the banks and in the waters. Well worth the experience and to have shared it with such a lovely couple. Thank you Debbie & Neil. We will be back. You made our day. Especially my father!
Written 6 August 2022
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It was a stunning day, and thank you so much for your lovely review. We look forward to seeing you all onboard again!
Written 7 August 2022
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