Dittisham Boats Boat Hire & Sailing School

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Dittisham Boats Boat Hire & Sailing School


The Quay
South Hams, South Devon
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Main Contact:
Lee Freeman
Mobile Number:
07711 177124
Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday: 9am to 6pm

Dittisham Boat Hire offers a range of self drive motor boats including Orkney Spinners, Orkney Longliners, Sailing boats including Wayfarers, a Lugger, a 21ft day sailer, Toppers, Kayaks and RIBs. We also offer sailing tuition with RYA qualified instructors.

Welcome to Dittisham Boats

Dittisham Boats incorporates Dittisham Sailing School, Dittisham Boat Hire and Dart Adventures and operates from the pontoon between the Anchorstone Cafe and the Ferry Boat Inn, in the village of Dittisham, just up stream from Dartmouth on the River Dart.

Dittisham Sailing School offers you the opportunity to experience the beauty of the River Dart. We have a variety of sailing boats to suit everyones needs. We also offer sailing tuition with RYA qualified instructors, this can range from an introductory taster lesson for a complete beginner to a course to suit your requirements.

Our Location

We are located on the Pontoon in the village of Dittisham on the River Dart, just a few miles up river from Dartmouth. We do not have a waterside office, so all bookings need to be made in advance and one of our team will be on the pontoon to meet you, ready to hand over your chosen boat and give you a safety briefing and assist with any information you require.

The River Dart is one of the most beautiful rivers in the country. From Dittisham it is possible to sail down river to Dartmouth or up river to Totnes, with opportunities to explore the many creeks and beautiful places to stop for a picnic or just moor up for a visit to the pub.

You can visit Sharpham Vineyard for some cheese and wine, the cafe at Stoke Gabriel or the pubs at the top of the creek at Tuckenhay, there is mooring available at the Maltsters Arms in Tuckenhay.

Parking in Dittisham - There is a Pay and Display car park located off Riverside road. Riverside road is between the Red Lion pub and the village church. Once parked there are two ways to the village pontoon, if the tide is out you can walk along the riverbank to the pontoon, if the tide is in you need to take the path located behind the children's play area, follow this path behind the houses and after a few minutes walk you will arrive at Manor street where you need to turn left and walk down the hill to the pontoon.

For more information about how to find us or the services we provide send us a message.

Our Boats

All our boats are equipped with safety equipment to life jackets/buoyancy aids, anchors, bailers and paddles.

Motor Boats
Orkney Spinner - A 13ft (3.96m) open boat with either a 4hp or 5hp engine, licensed to carry 4 people. details...

Orkney Longliner - A 16ft (4.88m) open boat, some have a cuddy cabin, they have either a 5hp or 6hp engine, licensed to carry up to 8 people. details ...

Ribeye A600 - A 19ft 6" (6m) rib with a 100hp outboard engine, the boat is licenced to carry 8 people and can be used to go beyond the harbour limits and out to sea, you must have a Powerboat level 2 RYA certificate to rent this boat. View ribs for hire

Sailing Boats
Drascombe Lugger - An 18' 9” (5.7m) open Yawl rigged sailing boat with a Yamaha 4hp 4 stroke outboard engine, licensed to carry up to 6 people. details...

Wayfarer - 16' 10” (4.82m) sailing dinghy licensed for 5 people. details...

21ft Day sailer - Manufactured by Marine Plastics, a popular and fast sailing boat suitable for up to 6 people, it also has a 5hp engine. details...

Topper - An 11ft (3.4m) sailing dinghy which is great for beginners but can also be fun to sail by intermediate and advanced sailors.

Stand Up Paddle Boards - SUP

We have a number of stand up paddle boards available, please see our website for more details.


We have a number of single and double sit on top kayaks for hire.  Call us on 0845 8810110


Go direct to our website or just call us.

Paddle Boards for Hire

We are able to offer you the opportunity to learn what has been described as the worlds fastest growing new sport - Stand Up Paddle Boarding.

The sport is an ancient form of surfing and has its origin in the Hawaiian Islands, the great thing about it is that you can do it on the calm waters of the River Dart or in the surf of the sea, not only is it a fun way to get afloat it is also a great form of exercise.

We offer training sessions for the beginner with British Stand Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) instructors and board hire for those who have already mastered the sport, we also offer adventure tours on the Dart where you have the opportunity to explore the river and it's many creeks.

The boards we use are made by the Red Paddle Company and are the worlds toughest inflatable boards, we also sell boards should you wish to own one.

Please call to discuss prices for rentals, lessons, tours and board sales.

Ribs for Hire

Why not hire one of our Ribs and go beyond the River Dart, you can have the boat as either bareboat (you drive it) or with a skipper, if you want to drive it yourself you will need to have an RYA Powerboat 2 certificate.

The boat can be used to cruise along the coast to explore Torbay, Salcombe, Plymouth etc. you can even use it to waterski or wakeboard if you wish, it takes up to 8 people.

About the boat

Ribeye A600 (6 meters) with a Yamaha 100hp outboard, it comes with all safety equipment including life jackets, life raft, VHF Radio, GPS Chart plotter, compass etc. Described by RIB International as "One of the best balanced boats of it's size and Type with exceptionally good handling".

Daily Rate £400
Weekly Rate £2,100
Skipper £100 per day

All prices are plus fuel at the pump price and delivery if required.


Go to our website to see lovely places to suit all budgets.


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We only discovered Dittisham Boats toward the end of our stay in the area which was the bad news. The wife and I have only recently taken up sailing and had given up trying to find somewhere that hired out sailing boats until a chance conversation pointed us in the direction of Dittisham.

Lee was so helpful, patient and quite brave letting two numptys - with very little sailing experience - loose on his lovely 21 foot day boat. Good safety instruction and useful advice on the local areas. The boat was ready rigged so no faffing and was well equipped, even with charts.

We were lucky in that we had amazing conditions - bright sunshine, not too hot, high tide and a lovely breeze. And for anyone not familiar with this area, it is fair to say this has to be one of the most stunning sailing locations in the UK.

Can't wait to return!
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