Affordable boat hire: 5 cheaper ways of getting afloat


Starting at £16 per person, this boat trip experience will have you out the beautiful Cornish coastline at very little cost. Cruising past golden beaches, keep an eye out for seals, dolphins, sun-fish and basking sharks who are seen daily on the way to Seal Island – the home of the Grey Atlantic Seals.

‘Little Mermaid’ also offer fishing trips starting from just £18 per person.

two sea lions in ocean at daytime

From just £49, you get a two hour adrenaline rush from the UK’s only speed-boat experience where you do the driving. Each Honda 150 boat has identical power and weight, and the craft are checked prior to your event to ensure they are capable of achieving the same lap times. Your experience begins with a safety briefing and an introduction to the boat, after which you change into racing team kit and safety gear and then get going, fast!


At an hourly rate of £29.00 or a day’s boat hire from £135.00, this could be a great and inexpensive day out shared between up to six people. Explore the Norfolk Broads, going down to the Nature Reserves, or visiting bustling Wroxham, in this little electric cruiser which is available for bareboat charter.

Take to the water from £40 as you hire stand-up paddleboards from the sandy beaches at Bournemouth and Boscombe. Paddle along the coastline and maybe catch some mini-waves as you build your SUP-ing skills and get a workout at the same time. If you prefer, then the surf school has professional instructors on hand to give you some guidance or a one-to-one lesson.

woman standing on paddleboard on body of water

Up to 8 people can take to the water in this easy-to-operate Mystic boat, as you peacefully explore Britain’s largest lake from only £29 per hour. Lake Windermere is arguably the most famous and popular area in the whole of the Lake District, with Bowness Bay as the perfect place to get afloat.

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