When you call to book your trip, Giles will discuss your requirements and go through what you'll need to bring and wear, where to meet, and any additional costs such as boarding fees charged by local harbour authorities. But below is a list of common questions you may have in mind.
What should we wear?
This is entirely dependent on the weather, but it is advisable to bring some warm layers such as a jumper and a lightweight waterproof jacket as it is usually much cooler on the water than on land, and there may be some spray when we're travelling at speed. Flip flops would be a sensible choice, as shoes can mark the cushions and teak decks!
If you think you may want to go for a swim, bring towels and a swimming costume. There is room to get changed in the cabin, but there isn't a great deal of headroom so it can be a bit awkward. It may be best to wear your swimwear under your normal clothes to make life easier
Are children and pets welcome?
Yes of course. Life jackets can be supplied for children of any age, and the cabin makes a great place for them to play, or somewhere for teenagers to hide with their mobile phones... There's a charging USB socket down there too!
Dogs are welcome with life jackets for all sizes, and if you like them but don't have your own, we can usually supply Holly the boat spaniel to accompany us for no extra cost!
Where can we be picked up from?
The preferred pick up/drop off point is from Mylor, as there's plenty of reasonably priced parking and no pick up/drop off fees, and the pontoons are accessible at all tide heights. However, it may be possible to pick you up from Falmouth, St Mawes or St Just in Roseland, although these will usually incur additional fees as the local harbour authorities or water taxis charge to use their facilities and these fees will need to be paid by you. There will be times when the tides will not allow Carmen Rose to access these locations, but Giles will let you know if this is the case when you book.
What if the weather forecast is bad?
Unfortunately Cornwall cannot guarantee perfect weather every day. We will keep an eye on the forecast, and if it looks like it the day of your booking will be miserable, either through heavy rain or strong winds, we will give you the option to change dates if there is availability to do so, or refund in full all the monies you have paid if there isn't. The odd shower won't stop the trip from going ahead, but in all honesty your skipper has had enough of being cold and wet on the water, and so if it looks like the weather will spoil the day, he will be more than happy to re-arrange or cancel the trip should you wish to!
Do you provide food and drink?
We provide the boat and the skipper along with his local knowledge. Should you wish to eat at one of the local pubs or restaurants, he can advise as to which will be best for you at what times they will be accessible by water, but you will need to book the table yourself.
Should you prefer to dine on board, bring your own picnic, drinks and cutlery, crockery and glass wear. Bear in mind that it's a boat which is constantly moving, so paper plates and plastic cups are the sensible choice, and cut down on washing up...
Carmen Rose and her skipper are not licensed to serve any food or drink, and so unfortunately cannot organise picnics on your behalf.
Is there a toilet on board?
Yes, there is a flushing sea toilet in the cabin. This is really only to be used for "number ones" and if the call is more pressing, the skipper will try to get you to an onshore facility as soon as possible!