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Now taking bookings, so call today to book your leisure or fishing trip aboard "Fender"  |  Skipper Gary on 07866 314260  
Leisure Trips

Come aboard "Fender" my 18ft open boat. A family boat for many years, which now caters for small groups. Sit back and enjoy a sightseeing trip on the calm and sheltered waters of the river Torridge and river Taw. This is such a beautiful area and Gary would be proud to show you places that you can only see from the river such as the shipyard, the new Tamar lifeboat close up (he is an active RNLI crewmember) as well as Appledore and Instow from the river. If time and tide permit, see the maritime little white town of Bideford and its historic bridge. This is not a true guided tour but Gary will be happy to share his knowledge and favourite landmarks with you and answer any questions you may have about the local area.

A real family favourite of ours is an evening trip to Weare Giffard and we wanted to share this experience with you. This trip depends on high tides, so is not a regular destination, but when tide and weather permit, we stop at Bideford on the way so you can get a famous "Hockings ice cream" (made in Appledore). We continue up the river Torridge to Weare Giffard where the trees overhang the river banks and as the river narrows, it moves away from the road noise – a little piece of Devon heaven. A camera is a must as there is usually plenty of bird life such as herons, eagrets, ducks, swans, shags and cormorants and if you are really lucky, the occasional kingfisher. This is Tarka the otter territory, so fingers crossed that your trip will include a glimpse of an otter. On the way back we can stop at Bideford so you can get fish and chips or just a cup of tea before heading back to Appledore. , so bring some money for ice cream or fish and chips, or you can pack a luxury picnic to enjoy on the way…. This trip also runs early mornings depending on tides. Call Gary for more information.

Prices start from £15.00 per person depending on the trip. I'm in the water for the season from mid April and I am taking bookings now! Should you like to book or have any questions please contact me on 07866 314260.

As an active member of the RNLI for over 20 years you're in safe hands with all life jackets provided. I can organise trips to suit just you or you, your family and friends. I hopefully look forward to welcoming you onboard soon.

Gary Stanbury

P.S. New to the area? On holiday with your boat? Just got your first boat? Need a local knowledge trip? Let me help you and show you the local area…Where to go on the river and what to stay away from. This is not a RYA course with an exam but is practical advice from someone who knows the area to help you get confident on the river with your own boat. Please note Gary still recommends that you do an RYA course, as well as this knowledge trip. Please call for prices, if you have any questions or would like to book: 07866 314260
Gary also recommends that you use the RNLI free service that looks at the safety aspects of your boat.
I am always happy to taylor a trip to suit you, so please feel free to call me to discuss your perfect trip... 07866 314260