Mermaid Pleasure Trips is a professional family run business sailing out of the historic port of Penzance in Cornwall.
Our trips are extremely popular so make sure you book to avoid disappointment - for your convenience you can book your boat trip online using our shop!
Adrian Thomas has been at sea all his life - which is some time! Previously he worked for Trinity House, Marazion Ferries and The Lifeboats. He started at Trinity House in 1977, went up through the ranks to Bosun, leaving in 2004 to run Mermaid Pleasure Trips full time with his wife Vanessa.
Having lived on St. Michael's Mount, Adrian is very knowledgeable about the history of the Mount and surrounding areas. He takes great pleasure in telling you stories of the Mount and various parts of the fantastic Cornish coastline, whilst finding you marine wildlife on route! During our Wildlife Coastal Cruises he will probably have you pulling up his lobster and crab pots along the way, so you never know what else you may see!...
MV Mermaid II
Mermaid II was built in 1991 and is a Cygnus Cyfish. She cruises at 10 - 11 knots with the power to go 18 knots. She is 33ft long and 14ft beam with 2.6ft draft.
Her decks are sealed and clear so there is plenty of room for people and/or equipment! The Mermaid has full marine mod cons including 2 VHF radios, 1 Sailor radio and 1 ICOM radio, 1 GPS and 1 GPS plotter, 1 echo sounder, 1 radar, a compass and a tanoid system.
There are 2 bunks on board and a w.c. Mermaid II is licensed to carry 35 passengers for cruising during the summer, however, for comfort we carry 12 people for 8 hour fishing, and 18 for 4hr and 2hr fishing trips. During the winter we are licensed for 10 (plus 2 crew).
Mermaid Pleasure Trips & Safety
Aboard Mermaid II safety is our priority. We are licensed under the Maritime Coastguard Agency and as such we are closely monitored, surveyed once a year and spot checked throughout the year. Your skipper Adrian and our crew are fully trained and ticketed in first aid and emergency procedures. We are also fully insured.
Mermaid II safety compliance
We carry a 30 and a 12 man life raft throughout the summer and a 12 man canopied life raft throughout the winter. We also carry 42 life jackets, appropriate flares and distress signals.