Available for charter in 2019
We are very pleased to announce that we will be offering the electric Victorian launch Constance for charter in 2019. She is currently undergoing restoration work and will be offered for charter from April. Constance is newly part-owned by Gweek Classic Boatyard and is currently being stored on the yard while work is carried out.
Your trip on Constance
Guests will be met at the Ferry Boat Inn in the Helford Passage on the North side of the Helford. Our boatman will escort you to Constance by the Helford River Ferry, which has been in continuous service since the Middle Ages. Constance is moored at the entrance to Port Navas Creek, a five minute boat ride away. By arrangement we can also pick you up from the South side of the river, or from the Budock Vean Hotel: please let us know at the time of booking. The trip will last 2.5 hours, and you’ll be returned to the Ferry Boat Inn at the end of your journey.
Guests will then cross over to Constance and be met by the Captain. There is a step up and down into the boat as you cross from the ferry. Suitable footwear is required and we ask guests to avoid high heeled shoes that may damage the Victorian woodwork. Constance has a cabin with seating to provide shelter from the elements but we do suggest that guests bring warm clothing as it can be colder on the river, especially early in the season. There will be a safety briefing with a map board by the Captain. Life jackets are provided for all children and those requiring one (please let us know when booking if there will be children in your party) .
There will be a welcome drink of Prosecco or a soft drink and then we will get underway. The Captain is knowledgeable about the houses and the boats on the Helford. He will be able to describe the history of the beautiful river and any points of interest. The area is rich in history, having been the location for Daphne Du Maurier books and an embarking point for the D-Day landings; more recently river has provided scenes for the BBC drama Poldark. The river provides an amazing picturesque backdrop with ancient oak forests bordering either bank. The valleys to the North provide a home to the famous gardens of the Helford River. There are options to explore Frenchmans Creek, Port Navas and Tremayne Quay, a beautiful National Trust Site built for the visit of Queen Victoria. Sadly she never arrived, but the location is great for swimming or catching some mackerel (lines provided upon arrival). Meals can be served at your convenience: either on the move or when you are at anchor.
Our lunch, dinner and afternoon tea packages come with a glass of Prosecco included. Lunch or dinner comes with a glass of wine included as well as soft drinks and hot drinks. We have an extensive wine list of award-winning wines, beers and sprits available on board. These can be pre-ordered or purchased on board (card payments available).
At the end of the day you will be returned to the Ferry Boat Inn via the Helford River ferry. Pick up and return times will be agreed on confirmation of your booking.
We can take up to 10 guests. There will be two crew members on board at all times.