Frequently Asked Questions2020-03-20T11:31:50+00:00
frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We are constantly being asked questions about our boats and our trips. We have tried to answer most things throughout our website but sometimes and FAQ’s page is the easiest place to find your answers.

Is there any age restrictions on Blue Thunder Rib’s Boat Trips?2020-03-21T18:19:38+00:00

Minimum age of 3. Of course, anyone under the age of 16 needs to be accompanied by a responsible adult. It’s more about the size, and as long as you can sit safely on the seat and hold on you should be fine – old or young.

Where can I buy a ticket for a Blue Thunder Ribs Boat Trip?2020-03-19T23:16:42+00:00

You can buy tickets from staff stood outside St Ives Lifeboat Station or over the far side of the harbour at the main desk (opposite the Sloop Inn Pub). You can also purchase on this website by clicking the button below.

Where do we meet?2020-03-19T22:53:52+00:00

There will be staff at St Ives lifeboat station who are ticket sellers but the main desk is located over the far side of St Ives harbour (opposite the Sloop Inn Pub). Once you arrive, we all put on a life jacket and walk over to the departure point.

Can I ride if I have a Back or Neck issue ?2020-03-19T22:53:22+00:00

The short answer is NO. We do not recommend that you ride if you suffer from a back, neck or serious injury, and we will be asking you to sign a waiver to that effect. We are trained in very basic first aid only and the first aid onboard is limited. Please KNOW we are not medical experts. We also reserve the right to disallow customers if necessary.

How many seats does the boat have?2020-03-19T22:49:45+00:00

Blue Thunder seats 12 passengers and Blue Lightning also seats 12 passengers. We can accommodate large parties of up to 24 people which will be split between two of our boats.

Will I get wet?2020-03-19T22:48:58+00:00

You should not get wet! However, there may be some light spray. Please wear appropriate clothing. (Jacket etc.)

What is the environmental impact of high-speed boat trips?2020-03-25T08:20:37+00:00

Our high speed boat rides are totally safe! We are regulated by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Mecal boat surveyors to ensure seaworthy boats and qualified crew.

What wildlife will I see?2020-03-19T22:44:20+00:00

You will see large Grey Seals on 99% of our trips, as well as a variety of seabirds. Other animals that frequently come to St Ives Bay are Sun Fish, porpoises, Basking Sharks and Dolphins!

Will I get seasick on Blue Thunder?2020-03-19T22:48:20+00:00

We have never had a passenger who has been seasick on any of our trips. Our boats have high-speed planing hulls that slice through any rough water meaning we are less affected by the slow-rolling motion which causes seasickness.

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