Will I get wet on the kayaks?
It depends on how much splashing you do. Even on a calm day you are very likely to get a damp bum at least!
So wear something you don't mind getting wet. Swimming shorts are ideal, and you can wear something warmer on top if you need to. Jeans or cotton trousers are not a good idea. You will also need to paddle into the water to embark your kayak, so wear sandals or go bare foot.
Will I get wet on the RIB?
Unless it is raining no, you shouldn't get wet on the RIB. Paramour is a very dry boat with spray being thrown well to the sides. Now and again you might get a splash, particularly if the wind catches the spray and blows it onboard. You should wear something warm, particularly at night and, depending on your footwear, you may be asked to remove your shoes for embarking/disembarking. I don't really want a stiletto heel going through the tubes, and that's just the blokes!!!
Is there parking nearby?
St. Mawes has two car parks; The main one is on the right as you drive into the village. Turn right in front of the Rising Sun Inn. There is also a car park on the quay, this is much smaller and really only short-stay. In the summer months both car parks become crowded and you may be directed to the overflow car park at the top of the village. This involves a longer walk down to the harbour.
Please allow plenty of time to get here and get parked. The road to St. Mawes is pretty but fairly windy and narrow in places. Alternatively, if you are staying in the Falmouth area, why not leave the car behind and come over by ferry? A delightful way to reach St. Mawes.
Why did you call your RIB "Paramour" and what does it mean?
Well, in the very early 70s the first boat that my parents bought was called "Paramour" (there's a picture of her in the new RIB's launch day photo gallery). So the name is very nostalgic for me and conjours up many happy memories of holidays in the 70s and 80s in West Wales, where we had a mooring at Dale.
Paramour means mistress or illicit lover, which I have always thought is a very apt name for a boat and, when thinking of a name for the new RIB, it was the only choice.
What's the difference between a kayak and a canoe?
One main difference is that a kayak uses a double bladed paddle whereas a canoe uses a single bladed paddle. The Encyclopedia Britannica states that kayaks originated with the Eskimos and were made of stretched sealskins. Canoes, on the other hand originated with the North American Indians and were made of stretched tree bark. Kayaks tended to be closed decked and could be righted without taking in water, hence the term "Eskimo Roll". Whereas canoes took a more open form with a higher freeboard.
Today canoe and kayak tend to mean one and the same thing for most people, even though they are quite different.
Can I purchase a gift voucher?
Yes. Paddle Vouchers are available for you to give for special occasions. They can be used for RIB rides and Water Taxi too. Click on "Shop" tab.
Will you be open in October?
The kayaks are licenced and insured for use up to the 31st. October, as is the RIB, so I do operate in October on some fine days. Not every day though so do call first. I hope to always be operating during half-term week, if the weather is favourable.
Paramour is also licensed and insured to operate a Winter Season from November 1st. - early January, daylight hours only.
What ages and sizes can paddle?
Well, as long as the smallest person can fit into the smallest buoyancy aid / lifejacket properly they can go onto the water with their parents (normally 3 and above) as a passenger in a Malibu Two.
From experience the youngest paddler in a Frenzy should be 7 or over, you may need to be prepared to give them a tow if they become tired. So don't race up the river with youngsters and not think about the journey back!
With regard to the size and weight of paddlers, I have included some more information on the "Kayak Hire Rates & Info" page in the description of each kayak. Although, if you have a chest size of more than 50ins. you will not fit into the largest buoyancy aid. I hope this helps.
What about ages of children on the RIB?
I have set a minimum age on the RIB of 3 (unless from a boat in St. Mawes Harbour to shore, with your own lifejacket). This is purely because children under three cannot physically brace themselves on the jockey seats and hang on. With very young children speed and course may have to be altered depending on conditions prevailing on the day.
What if I've made a booking and it's too rough to go out?
I'm not going to send you out into the teeth of a raging gale! If it is too dangerous to go out then you will be offered an alternative date or full refund.
If you are kayaking, I may be able to meet you with your kayaks up the river where it is often calm even if it is rough in the harbour. A decision can be made on the day. Usually, if it is just raining, then you can still go out. You're probably going to end up a bit damp anyway so a few drops of rain won't hurt.
If visibility is poor I will not be sending you out until it has improved. You may be surprised to learn that the kayaks are not equipped with radar or fog horns!
If you have a RIB trip booked it can be good fun if it's a bit windy, and we can usually find good shelter within the Carrick Roads so it is not too exciting for the whole trip. If there's a full storm blowing we'll be staying on dry land. Similarly, we will not be venturing out in fog.
All kayaking and RIB trips are always subject to weather and sea conditions and safety is paramount.
Are there any fishing trips from St. Mawes?
I am often asked this question and am pleased to let you know that there are-
James Brown no, not THAT one!!! (07891 300078 or www.fishandtripstmawes.co.uk ) James bought a new bigger boat in 2012, "Madeline Rose" and is now be fully MCA Coded. This means he can take you deep sea fishing for the day if you wish! He also continues to run his 2hr family mackerel fishing trips, which have become very popular over the years.
Self drive boats can also be hired through James.