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Our Story

2024 Brings lots of newness and changes for

St. Ives Sea Trips & St Ives Boats alike!

Meet the teams


Ian H

Little Mermaid, Owner and Skipper


Mike L

St Ives Boats, Owner and Skipper



Little Mermaid 


Mike H

St Ives Boats 


Ben H

Little Mermaid



St Ives Boats

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St Ives Boats & Little Mermaid Skiffer

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Harbour Representative

Our Vessel - Little Mermaid

Let's talk about Little Mermaid – a true marvel born at the Southampton boat show in 1999 under the name Millennium. Originally a 36ft Corvette bullet designed for offshore use, it can brave winds up to Beaufort 8 and 4 meters of significant wave height, but do not fear, we always take into account the sea and weather conditions and will not run a trip or charter if it is not deemed safe to do so, and we will endeavour to either reschedule your trip or process a full refund. Your enjoyment and safety are our highest priorities!

When Ian took the helm, he gave her a new identity as The Little Mermaid.

Certified by the MCA as a category 2 vessel, The Little Mermaid can carry up to 12 passengers and 2 crew members, venturing up to 60 miles from a safe haven (port). We prioritize safety, meeting the highest standards with compliance to MGN280 regulations.

Since Ian's ownership, Little Mermaid has undergone impressive upgrades, including a new engine that makes it one of the fastest boats in St. Ives Harbour. Fasten your seatbelts for a comfortable and exhilarating experience on the water!

We take our responsibility to the marine environment seriously, and that's why we're proud to be WiSe accredited. By upholding the WiSe principles, we aim to minimize disturbance to marine wildlife, ensuring responsible and respectful wildlife watching. Our WiSe accreditation is not just a badge; it's a commitment backed by training, certification, and a passion for raising awareness.

Join us on St. Ives Sea Trips for a maritime adventure that combines experience, safety, speed, and a genuine love for the sea. Your journey with us is not just a trip; it's a story waiting to be written.

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