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“A must do in St Ives”
Review of St Ives Boats

St Ives Boats
Ranked #3 of 13 Tours in St Ives
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Dolly P is the blue boat operated by St Ives Boats from the harbour at St Ives. Dolly P, is a Lochin 33, a 10 metre boat powered by a 350hp Volvo Penta engine, for a fast, stable and comfortable ride. We are licensed by the MCA to carry 12 passengers up to 60 miles. Our most popular Trip is the one hour trip to Seal Island, which we run hourly (weather permitting) on a daily basis. Seal Island is home to a colony of Grey Atlantic Seals and is 6km west of St Ives. The boat, Dolly P, clings to the coastline before reaching Seal Island where the boat stays for 15-20 minutes to observe the seals. The other boat trips we offer are trips to Godrevy Lighthouse, trips to Hell's Mouth and Private Charters, including Ashes Scattering Services.We also offer Fishing trips from St Ives, both 1 1/2 hour Mackerel Fishing Trips and 4 hour Wreck and reef Fishing Trips. Bookings can be made by Mel, who you will find Outside The Lifeboat Station. Or phone to book
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

Fabulous time had by myself and my family on the Dolly P today. We went on the Seal Island trip and did indeed, see seals.

£10 for adults and £8 for children seemed reasonable to me.

The Captain was brilliant and great with the children.

The boat whizzed about and provided us with a real adventure. I would recommend to anyone looking for something to do for an hour.

Top tip, go at low tide rather than high tide.

Also the Dolly P has a toilet!

Perfect family fun.

3  Thank Richmayf
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Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

Informative skipper, interesting routes to and from Seal Island, and the seals appeared on cue. Weather was good, sea quite calm and the Dolly P performed excellently.

2  Thank Peter M
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

Took a boat trip to Godrevy Lighthouse on the Dolly P after reading all the good reviews on here. Called up in the morning and were told we could go down the same day (they do numerous different trips so I think they schedule each one based on projected numbers).

We certainly weren't disappointed, although it was quite the peaceful trundle around the bay that we expected. If you're not used to travelling on small boats then you'll probably be surprised how bumpy it can be and how powerful the boat is (although that made it better for us because we like a bit of adventure!!).

The boat driver (captain?) was really welcoming and seemed to know his stuff and we were confident he'd got the skills to save us if we fell overboard! You sort of get used to keeping your balance after a few minutes and start to enjoy it more.

When we got to the lighthouse he circled it slowly so we could all get photos and talked to us a bit about the history of it. We actually saw a seal - which is a bonus considering we chose not to go on the trip that's specifically for seal watching!

Would definitely recommend this company - and from what I hear they're a lot better than some of the other people in St. Ives who also offer boat trips.

5  Thank Edward C
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Not your average slow boat around the bay our trip on the Dolly P was just the adventure we had been promising our four year old grandson. As the tide was just coming in we were taken out on a skip to meet the Dolly P then told by our captain Mike when we past the green marker we would speed up ,we sure did .Mike encouraged our grandson to sit in the wheelhouse and answered all his questions making this a very special experience for him. When we reached Seal Island the seals were basking on rocks and swimming Mike brought the boat as close as he could and we stayed around twenty minutes . Our trip cost forty eight pounds for three adults and two children which at first I thought was expensive as one child was only eighteen months ( it's free for twelve months and under) but it was everything we wanted and something we will talk about for a long time

1  Thank pickyNickyDevon
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Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

Our second visit on the dolly P.
Yes the boat does go fast and it can be choppy but adds to the enjoyment. If in doubt just look out to sea as I am confident the skipper can't influence the weather. We went to seal island on a beautiful day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Saw several seals for 15 mins at high tide but not seal himself.
Informative skipper, good value for money and you can easily stay dry if you want to by avoiding the back end. Great way to spend an hour.

2  Thank Jimboleeds
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