Saved from the mud in the early 90's, Lynher has been lovingly restored to sail the riverways that define the borders of Devon and Cornwall once again.

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Lynher was built to serve the river Tiddy, a small tributary of the River Lynher in Cornwall, so her size is typical of an inland barge, measuring just over 50 ft overall.

Lynher’s hull shape has no frills. She is exactly as when James Goss built her in 1896, a functional hull that can move 60 tonnes of cargo through the waterways. Built without an engine, her mast is well forward to allow for an ample mainsail area, her boom protruding off the transom  The mainsail acted as an engine and had to be powerful enough to operate in calm areas upriver and versatile in all-weather options. A gaff rig provides these features which we still use today, although she does have an engine now!

Built-in 1896 her history is quite a story and Lynher’s historic value is recognised by National Historic Ships UK which categorises Lynher as one of only 200 historic boats part of the National Historic Fleet.

Her deck is flush and remains open so there’s plenty of space to sit back and watch the world go by.

To ensure an authentic experience, below decks, has remained extremely simple, the cargo hold is just as it was over a hundred years ago. The only difference now is that there is no cargo thus allowing for ample space to sail together as a group. Pipe cots have been strung either side of the hold and a galley is set in a recess by the mast.

She spends her summers offering short breaks and river sailing holidays along the river Tamar, the border between Devon and Cornwall.

  • Total number of berths : 8
  • Number of guest berths : 6
  • Number of Toilets : 2
  • Cabin configuration : Open Saloon
  • Smoking policy : On deck only
  • Builder : J. Goss
  • Port of Registration : Plymouth
  • Year built : 1896
  • Length overall : 16.03m
  • Displacement : 45T
  • Draft : 1.2m
  • Beam : 8m
  • Number of Sails : 3
  • Rig : Smack Rigged Gaff Cutter
  • Sail Area : 122SQM
  • Engine : Beta 75HP diesel
  • Crew : 3
  • Licensed for day sails? : Yes
  • Waterproofs supplied? : No
  • Minimum Age limit : 6 years
  • Are all meals included?

    Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes, please let us know when making your booking.

  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    Open saloon with pipe cot bunks OR hammocks under the stars!

  • Are bedding and towels provided?

    Yes, all bedding and blankets are provided but swimming towels are not so please bring your own.

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    She has two toilets. There is no shower below decks, just a solar shower above decks if needed.

  • Do I need to tip the crew?

    Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!

  • Is there an age limit?

    Minimum 6 years

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?

    Yes, with 12V adaptors

  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?


  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure and sunshine

  • Will I be sea sick?

    Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.

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Dominic & Barbara

Owners and skippers with a passion for historic vessels.

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Life onboard


An authentic taste of traditional barge sailing and river exploration.

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The History of


Pulled from the mud, Lynher has been lovingly restored to her former glory.

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