FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
And some helpful information...
Do I need experience or qualifications to hire a boat?
No experience is required. We will give you a chart indicating where you can and cannot go, life jackets and a demonstration of how to operate the boat.
I have my own life jacket, can I use that?
Of course! As long as lifejackets are fit for purpose, and are worn at all times aboard the boats, we don't mind if they are not ours.
Do I have to wear a life jacket?
Life jackets and kill cords are compulsory for all persons on board. Breaching these rules may mean losing your security deposit.
Can I go out of the estuary?
Sadly, no boats are allowed on the open sea. We will show you on the chart where you can and cannot go, but no boats are allowed beyond Blackstone Rocks, opposite South Sands.
Are there beaches I am not allowed to go to?
Yes. Due to safety reasons, the Harbour does not permit hire boats to land or anchor off Sunny Cove or North Sands. You are welcome to land or anchor off Fishermans, Smalls Cove, Mill Bay and South Sands.
Can I rent a boat for two hours?
Yes of course. Our boats can be rented hourly, although if renting more than 2 hours, then the 4 hourly rate is the most cost effective.
Can I tow, waterski or wakeboard with your boats?
No towing of any kind is permitted. The speed limit in the estuary is 6 knots and you are not allowed to leave the estuary. For water sports, we would recommend speaking to
My sixteen year old wants to drive the boat, is this allowed?
Anyone under the age of 18 years old may drive the boat, but only with direct supervision of someone over 18. No one under 18 may operate the boat alone.
Is there parking by your shop?
We are situated in Whitestrand pay and display car park. The maximum stay here is one hour, so we would recommend using the Park & Ride or Creek Car Park signposted as "Coach & Boat Park". In July & August allow plenty of time to park it is very busy.
Can I take my baby aboard?
Absolutely. Any person, no matter how small must be wearing a lifejacket and we recently fitted one on a 3 month old - so we go pretty small!
Can I bring my dog aboard?
Yes you can, although we do not have floatation devices for them.
Can I rent a boat in the evening?
The boat can only be used during the shop opening hours.
Is there somewhere I can go by boat for a drink or food?
Indeed! At high tide you can go up Southpool creek where there is the popular Millbrook Inn, in Kingsbridge there is the Crabshell Inn and up the Frogmore channel is the Globe Inn. You can also visit Bo's Beach Cafe and the South Sands Hotel. Check out our "Things To Do" page for details.
Can I take the boat to the beach?
Some of our boats can be used to visit a beach. There is a knack to beaching a boat, and we will show you this before you take the boat out.
Can I BBQ on the beach?
No. The beaches in Salcombe are mostly private and they do not permit BBQ's.
What should I wear?
It depends on the weather of course, but typically it is cooler on the water than on land. If you feel the cold, bring an extra layer! Any footwear is fine apart from high heels.
Do you rent ribs?
We do not have any ribs for rent.
Can I fish from one your boats?
Yes you can, although there are limits on what you can catch. Please check with the harbour office for details. Please make sure the engine is not running before you throw a line! Props eat wire...