Bareboat Yacht Charter

Explore the Solent sailing as a bareboat charter. The Solent is a fabulous place to explore and has plenty to offer whether for just a weekend or longer. 

Being based on the River Hamble and with quick access to the central Solent you can reach all of the popular locations, Cowes, Beaulieu, Lymington, Yarmouth, Portsmouth and Chichester Harbour all in an easy day sail.

Our waters are quite sheltered so even if the weather is not perfect you will still enjoy sailing around the Solent. 

We have the following yacht available:

Required Yacht Charter Qualifications

To take a bareboat charter in the Solent, 2 members of the party (the skipper and first mate) need to have at least a RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification and have skippering/sailing experience on a yacht close to the size you are chartering.

We do recognise that not everyone has been formally trained so if you do not hold a sailing qualification please contact us & we can discuss your options.

Location & Sailing Area

Our fleet is based at Mercury Yacht Harbour on the River Hamble with our yachts able to cruise the Solent and surrounding waters of the Isle of Wight.

Please note that this year we are restricting our charters between Chichester and Weymouth and we are not able to offer cross channel charters.

Here is a guide to the local area and some of the attractions that are on offer.

Yacht Equipment

All our boats comply fully with the MCA charter requirements and the code of practice for small commercial vessels. Our bareboat charter yachts are maintained by a professional team, you will find each yacht presented to the highest standards and well kitted out with a high level of equipment.  We provide a comprehensive briefing at the start of each charter to ensure that you are completely satisfied in every respect before you get underway. Throughout your charter we are always on hand to help with any eventuality. A good source of information regarding chartering a yacht can be found on the Marine Leisure Association website and the RYA’s website.

Bareboat Yacht Charter

We provide:

  • Basic cleaning kit
  • Tea, Coffee & Sugar,
  • Rubbish bags & toilet rolls

We can also provide:

  • Outboard
  • Cruising Chute / Spinnaker
  • Waterproofs
  • Sleeping Bags

At the end of your charter

All we ask is that you return the yacht to us in the same way that you found it. We make no charge for gas but we do ask that you fill-up the diesel and water tanks on your return.

As far as cleaning is concerned if you want to simply step off the yacht at the end of your charter then we do offer a cleaning service for £150.

Bareboat Yacht Charter

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Universal Yachting Ltd: Mercury Yacht Harbour, Satchell Lane,
Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 4HQ

Call Us: +44 (0) 2380 458737 Mail:

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