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Address: 24 South Town, Dartmouth TQ6 9BX, England
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+44 1803 834600
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Self - drive motor boats on the beautiful River Dart. Explore the river,...

Self - drive motor boats on the beautiful River Dart. Explore the river, moor outside a pub for lunch, pick up a mooring buoy for a picnic. 5 miles of beautiful river to explore. Fish from the boats or crab from a pontoon.We also day charter 40 foot sail and motor cruisers, do rib rides, and skipper charter our 6.5m rib.

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Great views from the river

We hired a boat for a couple of hours but could have gone for a bit longer had we realised what fun it was. Great to see Dartmouth and its surrounds from the river and really fun... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 July 2016
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

What an absolutely fantastic experience! Having been on many of the various boat trips leaving from Dartmouth, I have always fancied a go on one of the self-drive boats from Dartmouth boat hire. We decided as the weather was great that we would give it a go and having chatted it through with one of the extremely helpful and knowledgable... More 

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1 Thank JimLydR
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We hired a boat twice during week commencing 12-Sep; once for 2 hours and another for 3 hours (we had actually booked for 2 hours but had such an enjoyable time that we rang and extended for an additional hour). The father and son team were friendly and offered advice around where to fish and visit. During our trips we... More 

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Luton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Booked a 3 hour boat rental online via the Dartmouth Boat Hire website and received a confirmation from them by e-mail. Turned up 20 minutes beforehand, as suggested on their website - the kiosk was all shut up. Waited 20 minutes until the time we had booked for, (9.30am), still no-one arrived. Called their number - straight to voicemail. Waited... More 

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Thank JeremyWUK
Perry S, Owner at Dartmouth Boat Hire, responded to this review

First I have to apologise for there being no one at the kiosk at the time arranged.This is low season for us and we have only one person on permanent duty. Unfortunately he was delayed that morning but assures me was there at 9.45. You tried one of our numbers but we do display two other numbers both of which... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Booked for 9.30AM - arrived at 9.10AM as per the booking info (20 minutes prior). Left at 9.50 as no one at the booth / boats. Asked neighbouring booths if they could help - nope. Called number - voicemail. Thanks for wasting my time.

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Thank DBen1
Perry S, Owner at Dartmouth Boat Hire, responded to this review

My comments are contained in the response to your companion More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Really helpful guy who booked boat and ran us through the ins and outs of the river. Only way to see the river is on it! Trip up to Dittisham and drink/lunch at the pub on the quay is a must. Great day out.

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2 Thank Peter G
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We had booked an afternoon's sailing for a birthday treat and the guys really helped to make it special. They were flexible on our timings and gave us all the instructions we needed for a safe an enjoyable afternoon along the Dart. They gave us lots of advice on the local area and were even kind enough to look after... More 

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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

We booked in person at the kiosk the day before and the owner/ operator was very helpful and friendly. On the day of the boat hire itself all the staff really knew their stuff and the boat was in great shape and a pleasure to use. All the maps and information you could want were included in a waterproof folder... More 

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1 Thank John J
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Fabulous friendly service. I would recommend to anyone wanting to relax and take in the most beautiful scenery on the river Dart. Only thing that was missing was an appearance from the seals

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1 Thank EmmaHarley
Melton Mowbray
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

What can I say we booked a boat on line. Which worked ok, got the the kiosk and were met by two very friendly and helpful chaps, paid the days hire and gave a deposit of £40 that for any damage caused to the propellor. Had a very good safety brief, life jackets fitted and adjusted for all of us,... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

We hired a boat for a couple of hours but could have gone for a bit longer had we realised what fun it was. Great to see Dartmouth and its surrounds from the river and really fun to be part of the buzz of activity on the river too. The boat was easy to drive and really stable for those... More 

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