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Boat hire in salcombe - sailing boats enjoying the water on a summers day.

Boat hire in Salcombe can vary from luxury yacht charters and yawls to high-tech speed boats and dinghies. And we’re proud to say that there are oodles of boating activities along the Salcombe estuary just for you.

Plus, you’ve never really seen Salcombe unless you’ve explored it from the sea.

So, if you’re looking for things to do in Salcombe or just want to make memories out on the water, our guide will help you find the best companies for boat hire in Salcombe and beyond.

Salcombe Boat Hire

Looking for something in particular? Use our quick links below or read on for a comprehensive guide on boat hire in Salcombe:

Where to hire a boat to explore the Salcombe Estuary

Exploring the Salcombe estuary should be on everyone’s list of activities and there’s no better way to do that than by boat. 

So, get your wet gear and buoyancy aids on and hire a boat from one of the companies below for an epic water adventure.

Salcombe Launch Co.

Salcombe Launch Co boat hire in Salcombe

Salcombe Launch Company offers motor launches for self-drive hire between May 1st – October 1st. The place to go for an authentic boating experience, Salcombe Launch Company combine traditional craftsmanship with modern reliability for exploring the local wildlife, secluded coves and delicious waterside pubs that surround Salcombe Estuary.

Uniquely, customers are provided with a complimentary mooring for the duration of their booking, located just off the town quay, allowing hirers to enjoy the flexibility of coming and going as they please.

Perfect for families, couples and special occasions, or simply to explore the estuary from a different perspective, your launch hire experience will certainly provide a wonderful memory on holiday.

For more information, visit Salcombe Launch Company website.

White Strand Boat Hire

Whether you’re looking to explore the Salcombe estuary, spend the day at the beach with family, or meet up with friends for lunch, White Strand Boat Hire Salcombe has a fleet of boats to meet your requirements. 

No experience or qualifications are required to hire their boats as they provide all the information, guidance, and equipment you’ll need for a fab day out.

Their prices start from £50 an hour and can carry up to 8 passengers. 

If you’re looking for the perfect day out during the school holidays be sure to book one of their boats in advance. They even offer multiple-day hire so exploring Salcombe from the sea has never been a better option.

For more information, visit White Strand Boat Hire website.

Salcombe Boats & Boards

Enjoy everything that Salcombe has to offer with self-drive boats from Salcombe Boats & Boards.

They use Whaly 435s for their fleet as they’re roomy and sturdy. They ride the waves well, and they’re also used by search and rescue crews. 

Their boats are licensed to carry up to six passengers and they’ll show you the ropes, where you can go, and are always at the other end of the phone, so no experience is necessary. You must be 21 or over to hire a boat and prices start from £55 for an hour. 

As the name suggests, they don’t just let you hire out self-drive boats, you can also rent stand-up paddleboards to really make the most of the water. And from £40 per half-day, it’s definitely worth it. 

For more information, visit the Batson Creek Marina website.

Rib Charter and Dinghy Hire Salcombe

Salcombe is a firm favourite west country retreat with a picturesque sheltered harbour. It has a vibrant sailing scene and offers perfectly calm waters for dinghy and rib charter hire. 

So for something a little more exhilarating consider one of these companies for a day at sea.

Salcombe Dinghy Sailing

Salcombe dinghy sailing - sailing along the salcombe estuary.

Sailing is one of the most popular pastimes in Salcombe. It offers one of the best ways to experience and admire Salcombe’s exquisite natural beauty. This is why booking yourselves some lessons with Salcombe Dinghy Sailing is a must. 

Sailing dinghies come in a range of shapes, sizes, and vessels. From Lasers, Solos, Gulls, Optimists, Wayfarers and many more, you’ll find one to suit almost every budget. Their team is dedicated to giving you the best experience possible. 

Whether you’re searching for private tuition, adult or youth sailing training, or just want to brush up on your skills, they’ll be more than happy to help. 

For more information and to chat with their friendly team, be sure to take a look at Salcombe Dinghy Sailing’s website.

Solent Rib Charter

Solent Rib Charter owns Europe’s largest fleet of Ribs and is the market-leading provider of Rib Hire, Rib Charter, Commercial Rib Charter, and Bareboat Rib Hire services. So if there’s one company you can trust to have a good time with, it’s them. 

Salcombe is one of the most popular locations for Bareboat Rib Charter (without a skipper), so be sure to book and arrange your trip early to avoid disappointment. Within easy range of Dartmouth, Plymouth, Falmouth, and Fowey you could explore more of the South West. 

Spend your day exploring hidden coves and beaches which are otherwise inaccessible by road or foot. Or take a trip further afield and explore the waters around Dartmouth or Plymouth

Not confident driving the boat yourself? Take a look at their chartered Ribs and skippered ribs. For prices, services and booking information, visit Solent Rib Charter website.

Sea N Shore

Just like Solent Rib Charter, Salcombe Sea N Shore offers both bareboat rib charters and private skippered rib charters so you can explore Salcombe from the sea.

Their private skippered rib charters are great for celebrations, stag do, hen parties, and corporate events. 

From banana rides, wakeboarding, water skiing tours, dolphin spotting, and thrill-seeking adventures. Sea N Shore offer it all and more for a truly memorable holiday. 

For those looking to make boating a regular occurrence on your trips why not participate in one of their courses. To book any of their activities or boats, visit Sea N Shore website.

Yacht Charter Salcombe


Sailfunk - sailing on salcombe estuary.

For those looking to spoil themselves with the ultimate luxury Salcombe sailing experience, why not walk the plank and get onboard a skippered yacht or catamaran.

Sailfunk allows you to relax, put your feet up, and enjoy true luxury whilst taking in the magnificent scenery. 

You’ll be able to enjoy Salcombe from a completely new perspective while catching up with family and friends over a leisurely lunch. Their experiences are as individual as you are. You’ll never experience anything quite like it. 

For a once in a lifetime experience, why not take a trawl through Sailfunk’s website.

Boating Events in Salcombe

Salcombe Yacht Club

The Salcombe Yacht Club terrace offers some of the best views in Salcombe. They also regularly hold regattas and sailing events for both members, visiting yachtsmen, holidaymakers, and locals. 

So it’s worth checking Salcombe Yacht Club calendar of events to see what they’ve got going on during your trip to Salcombe.

Holiday Cottages in Salcombe

holiday cottages in salcombe with boats in the harbour below.

Here at Coast & Country Cottages, we have over 400-holiday cottages across South Devon.

Whether you are looking for a family-friendly property that boasts seaside views, or a property situated close to the Salcombe estuary, we’ve got a range of self-catering accommodation to suit you. 

Book your Salcombe holiday cottage