The Heritage Boat Charters have finished for the season.
Hop aboard a boating gem and see a different view of Falmouth with a Heritage Boat Charter. Uncover more about the town’s fascinating maritime history, drink in the breathtaking views and discover a different way to explore the Cornish coastline.
The trip, which lasts an hour, starts and ends at the Museum, and takes in key Falmouth landmarks and beautiful river scenes. Each boat can take up to eight passengers plus crew and your charter won’t include anyone else from outside your group.
The charter includes a day pass to the Museum so after your trip on the water spend some time visiting the 15 galleries, our current major exhibition, Monsters of the Deep, the Tidal Zone, the Lookout Tower, plus much more!
Jonik – 1930’s motor launch
Jonik is a 24ft (7.3m) motor launch built in Fowey in 1934. The builder, Percy Clemens, used the best quality timber available. She is built using silver spruce and teak and demonstrates excellent craftsmanship.
Emma – steam launch
Emma is a 22ft x 6ft teak-built steam launch. Although the original builder is unknown it’s believed Emma was built around 1912.
Jonik: charters available on Jonik Mon – Fri at 10.30am, midday, 1.30pm, 3pm.
Emma: to charter Emma please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Price & Booking
Included in the price of the charter is:
- Up to eight passengers on the boat.
- An hour long boat trip exploring Falmouth and the local history with commentary from our knowledgeable crew.
- A day pass to the Museum for everyone on the charter.
|Jonik – motor launch
|Emma – steam launch
email us: email@example.com
Please arrive at the admissions desk 15 minutes before the start of the trip.
How long will the charter last?
The trip will last one hour.
What measures are in place to keep the charters COVID secure?
We have reduced the amount of passengers on the boat to allow for social distancing between the crew and your group. All crew and passengers on the boat are expected to wear masks and crew will be regularly using hand sanitiser. The boat and life jackets will be sanitised between each trip. Please note that crew will not be able to help passengers on and off the boat at this time.
Do I have to wear a mask on the boat?
Yes, a mask must be worn throughout the Museum visit including when on the boat trip. Those with a medical exemption do not have to wear a covering.
What time do I need to meet the crew?
Please meet 15 minutes before the start of the charter at the Museum’s admission desk. This allows enough time to put on life jackets and get ready for the trip.
Are there facilities on the boat?
There are no toilet or refreshment facilities on the boat. The Museum has toilets and a café for refreshments, which you are welcome to use before or after the boat trip.
Can I take my baby on the tour with me?
Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, we are unable to offer spaces to any children under the age of two, including babies.
Can I transfer my ticket to another day?
Unfortunately tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. If the Museum has to cancel the charter a ticket transfer or full refund will be given.
If it rains is there somewhere dry to sit?
The boat does not have a covered area and is open to the elements. We recommend being prepared for all weather conditions with suitable clothing and footwear.
NMMC Heritage Boat Charters Terms & Conditions
- The sale of tickets and the operation of the boat tours are by Discovery Quay Enterprises (Trading) Ltd (“DQET”), the trading arm of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall Trust (“NMMC“, “the museum”).
- Acceptance of a booking by a passenger shall be deemed as conclusive evidence of their acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.
Cancellation & refund
- We reserve the right to cancel any charter, for example if the weather is deemed too dangerous to sail or if the vessel is out of service.
- If we cancel your trip you will be offered a choice of alternative dates but if none of these are suitable you will be entitled to a full refund.
- No refunds will be given if you cannot attend your allocated charter.
- In the event that the boat breaks down part way through the trip the visitors will be transferred back to the Museum and offered an alternative time or if not suitable a full refund will be given.
Availability and accessibility
- All passengers will be provided with a life jacket which will need to be worn throughout the trip.
- For children under 5 we are able to provide life jackets for those weighing from 10kg to 15kg. If the life jacket is too large to fit your child then we reserve the right for our boat crew to refuse access onto the boat and a full refund will be given for the group.
- We are unable to offer boat trips to under 2s for safety reasons.
- Children aged under 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
- If you have any medical conditions that may affect you while on board (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, heart conditions, etc.), it is advised that you inform the crew on arrival. Should you be taken ill, we will then be able to get the best medical attention for you.
- Due to the nature of our historic boats there is no wheelchair access and we are therefore unable to accommodate for wheelchair users. Please be aware that embarking and alighting the boat maybe challenging for those with restricted mobility.
- Dogs are not permitted on the boat trips, however we do welcome visitors with guide dogs and assistance dogs. A dog ‘lounge’ is available outside the museum in a sheltered and protected location near the entrance with a dog bed, lead tie up and water bowl.
- Access to the boats is from the museum’s pontoon which at low tide can be a steep slope.
- Please be aware that we are at sea and we can take no responsibility for the loss or damage of your personal property.
- We shall not be liable for the act or neglect of our employees or agents acting outside the scope of their employment.
- Our employees and agents have no authority to waive or vary these conditions.
- Passengers shall be bound by and shall comply with all regulations and comply with all orders given by the boat crew.
- Smoking is not allowed on board or on the museum’s premises.
- We ask all our passengers to respect other passengers and not to use language that could be perceived as threatening or rude.
- Any passenger who is causing a nuisance or disturbance will be taken back to shore and will not receive a refund.
- Passengers need to be aware that there is no weather protection on the boat so it is advised to wear appropriate clothing.
- The boat tour should take no more than one hour. Should it overrun for any reason, we accept no liability for any resulting costs or damages.
- Please feel free to bring cameras, video cameras or binoculars, but no tripods or monopods are allowed.
- The boat will leave at the allocated time and is unable to wait for late arrivals.
- Where tickets are being sold that include admission to the museum, DQET is acting as agent for NMMC.
Boat licence for Jonik.