About Us

Universal Yachting was formed in 2007 and was appointed as the UK’s South Coast agent for Dufour Yachts in September 2015. Based in the Solent, Universal provides a complete service for newcomers to yachting, all the way through to cruising ownership and preparing for long distance blue water adventures.

Universal’s Sailing School delivers bespoke sailing tuition and a full range of RYA courses and qualifications. Plus they offer complete guidance and advise on purchasing options for new owners, together with charter and maintenance packages, making owning a yacht and maximising cruising time an easy proposition.

Owner Chris Warwick and his Universal team are passionate about providing all yachts for both charter and training with a very high standard of maintenance and cleanliness, together with using only the best professionally trained yacht skippers.

With detailed and technical expertise and understanding of boats, developed from many years first hand experience running owner care programmes, together with a history of working in the charter industry, Universal takes pride in providing a professional and personal service to all boat owners, charterers and course candidates.

The team’s thirst for sailing, passion and ethos is to find ways to make sailing accessible and fun for all, regardless of experience levels. The sheltered waters of the Solent are one of the best sailing locations in the world to experience sailing at its best, learn to sail from scratch or improve sailing skills.

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Hugh Lumby
Hugh Lumby
2020-10-01
Great short charter, very well looked after, excellent check in and care, very well equipped boat which sailed very well. Highly recommended.
Arian Everett
Arian Everett
2020-10-01
We chartered “Snagglepuss” Dufour 412 from Universal September 2020. We did this at very short notice 5 days before the charter. The process was extremely professional with a very slick web portal to upload Skipper and Crew Details for both an ease of admin for Universal and for our Safety. The yacht was extremely well equipped, easy to sail and very fast. The living area was very comfortable and the shower was notably warm and powerful. I would highly recommend chartering with Universal, both their Boats and People and of course based in an easy accessible Marina with good parking and facilities. Arian
Mike Dormer
Mike Dormer
2020-09-28
Chris Warwick at Universal Yachting handled the sale of our boat brilliantly. Within a couple of days of contacting him the boat was photographed, spec written and up on the Universal website. A potential buyer appeared a few days later, came to see the boat and made an offer close to the asking price. Following a survey some items needed to be addressed. Chris organised this for us. A few days later the sale was completed and the boat transferred to the new owners. The whole process was stress free and Chris kept us fully informed at every stage. I can’t recommend Universal Yachting highly enough.
Ben Tranter
Ben Tranter
2020-09-13
Just returned from a long weekend charter. Excellent quality yachts in ‘as new’ condition and great team onshore. Highly recommend and will use again.
Felix le corre
Felix le corre
2020-09-02
Excellent sailboats in impeccable condition. Great company with a good selection of sailboats (half a dozen of different size). We had a Dufour 412 for a 4 day period. This is the second time we use the company. Both times have been great. Skippers provided were very professional and courteous. Boats look and feel like new. Even if a family had the boat just before us, it was clean like a 5 star hotel room. I understand they also use ozone treatment during Covid to ensure health and safety. Keen to use them again. A great way to discover the Solent region and ports.
Ali Simmons
Ali Simmons
2020-08-19
From our initial enquiries through to the post charter handover, everything was efficient, accommodating and friendly. The boat was in great shape and a minor issue was dealt with promptly, resolved with no fuss. Many thanks to Universal. We will charter again!
Darren Owen
Darren Owen
2020-08-10
Yacht Charter at Universal Yachting is brilliant. From first enquiry to hand back was friendly, flexible, professional and personal. The yachts are maintained in super condition throughout and with the location at Mercury Marina Hamble, our charter experience was just perfect. Many thanks to Chris, Melanie and team.
Sue Savage
Sue Savage
2020-07-22
An awesome post lockdown weeks sailing on “peanuts”. Great weather, sailed throughout the Solent to Poole and back..... great yacht, great experience with Universal, excellent responsive communication and overall experience from booking to check I /check out, support. We wanted to try a Dufour (try before you buy), a great way to sail a nearly new yacht. Great experience, we will be back. Thanks, Sue & Steve.
Charlie Railton
Charlie Railton
2019-10-13
I did my Coastal Skipper 5 day practical with Universal Yachting and had a great time. The boat was practically new and a great boat to sail with the best living accommodation that I have seen on a school boat. Our instructor - Stuart Dray, was absolutely brilliant and I left with greatly improved skills and knowledge. Universal don't overcrowd their school boats so you get adequate time to focus on each area of the course.
Peter Andrew
Peter Andrew
2019-07-20
You might like to check prior to booking, what the procedure is should you fail the course? Some schools allow you a further weekend's training. On the other hand, Universal Yachting, quotes you a ever changing cost of further tuition starting from £80 and increasing by the day. This school might also like to try and provide an instructor who makes it patently obvious what action it is he wishes the student to complete, not issue ambiguous instructions whilst the student is performing each original task. Perhaps, if they could decide where their offices are located and give clear instructions as to where and when the student is to join the yacht they might project a more professional image. My advice? Go and get trained somewhere else, there are better schools on the South Coast who provide better value for money.
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Universal Yachting Ltd: Mercury Yacht Harbour, Satchell Lane,
Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 4HQ

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