Boat Handling Course

Please note that during the current Covid-19 situation we are running our courses slightly differently. Pricing is per boat for up to 5 people and courses are only open to family groups or households. Please do call us if you have any specific questions.

Details on our courses can be found HERE….

General Course Information

Our one Day Boat Handling Course is designed to build confidence in close-quarter handling.

The day focuses specifically on all aspects of mooring and manoeuvring a yacht in a modern tightly packed marina as well as picking up river pile moorings and buoys.

The River Hamble is the ideal location to practice in a wide range of conditions and tidal strengths. The yachts we use are modern production yacht between 36 & 38 feet with wheel steering and typical handling characteristics to mosts yachts you will come across.

As this is a practical course & nothing beats doing it for yourself. We therefore deliberately restrict student numbers down to a maximum of 4.

This allows plenty of hands-on experience and gives you time to watch and learn from everyone else on board.

By the end of the day you will have had a chance to practice and watch all manner of parking scenarios after which the rest is down to you to practice and master the skills you have learnt.

This practical course is excellent preparation if you are planning on taking your RYA Day Skipper Course.

1 Day £165
Times 0830 – 1600
What To Expect FAQs Sailing Courses
Course duration 1 Day
Pre-course experience None
Minimum Age 12 Years
Assumed Knowledge None
  • Lunch and soft drinks.
  • Basic close quarter handling
  • Mooring in an alongside berth
  • Ferry Gliding
  • 3 Point Turns
  • Effects of wind and tide
  • Effects of hull shape
  • Prop wash
  • Springing off

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

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All forms of yachting are now permitted The only restriction is that we can only offer Skippered Charters and RYA Training to groups of people from the same household. Contact Us to discuss your plans and to see how we can help.

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