St Mawes Boat Hire is a partnership between James Brown, who runs mackerel and charter fishing trips out of the village harbour, and local boat builder John Leach.

Each of the Bass boats has been hand built at John’s workshop at Freshwater Boatyard. John specializes in Bass Boats, and has built and customised seven to order in the last two years. Other projects have included five ocean rowing boats to compete in the Atlantic Ocean Challenge races. Recent restorations include “Aileen”, St. Mawes One Design no. 1, and “Smuggler”, a 19′ motor launch dating from 1912, probably the first ever motor boat in the estuary (originally named “Lorna Doone”).

James, a former commercial fisherman, set up Fish and Trips of St Mawes five years ago, and now also runs St Mawes Boat Hire.