We love to get out on the water, here are some of the amazing destinations we reach
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Some of the amazing places we take our guests & clients, we’ve added a little information on the area but would love to discuss your dream charter day personally so please do get in touch! Or take the plunge & book now with confidence….
Cowes Day Trip Cowes – Isle of Wight
Cowes is undoubtedly the most popular destination on the Isle of Wight – with the annual Cowes Week event, lots of pubs, restaurants, marinas, hotels and things to do, it’s a spot you definitely don’t want to miss! In East Cowes you will find East Cowes Marina with The Lifeboat restaurant, and a little further up the river you will find The Folly, a very popular pub among sailors and powerboaters alike.
In West Cowes you will find plenty of Fish and Chips restaurants, sailing, clothing and chandlery shops, tea rooms and a whole assortment of marinas. There is a short stay pontoon near the Cowes Harbour Commission, which is great for a trip across the Solent for lunch. Cowes is around a 1.5 hour cruise from the mouth of Chichester Harbour.
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Portsmouth is steeped in maritime history and there’s plenty to see on a cruise around the Harbour itself. Check our package options page and read about our Champagne cruise to Gunwalf with time to grab a bargain.
On approach Portsmouth you will have Southsea Castle to the east and Fort Blockhouse and the Haslar Naval base to the West.
As we enter the mouth of the Harbour you’ll pass old Portsmouth town and the Portsmouth Sailing Club.
Opposite Gunwharf is the former Trinity House light vessel at Haslar Marina. It was the first Trinity House vessel to be built post-war, in 1947 and was stationed off the East Coast and in the Channel. It was decommissioned in 1993 before going to Haslar where we can berth on the visitor pontoons and visit Trinity’s restaurant onboard.
Next the Emirates Spinnaker Tower at Gunwharf Quays, a shopping and residential development built on former naval land where we have a good relationship to moor for lunch or dinner and if your feeling it grab a bargain.
Heading north in the harbour we will pass the busy Portsmouth International Port and the Royal Naval base where the HMS Queen Elizabeth is often moored. Then the Portsmouth Historic dockyard with HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and the Mary Rose – all well worth a visit.
Visiting Bembridge Harbour is an absolute treat. Passing the beautiful Priory Bay we enter the channel to St Helens. There’s a large visitor pontoon where we can moor up and you can wander ashore to explore the beaches and village or just chill with a drink onboard. There are plenty of local walks and the Brading Marshes are a treat for bird watchers.
Bembridge and St Helen’s villages are an easy walk and offer pubs, restaurants (The best dressed crab a floating establishment in the harbour offer local seafood and do lovely crab sandwiches, lobsters ect which can be enjoyed in the restaurant or we can arrange a takeaway and lunch at anchor in Priory bay) You could walk lunch off around the Harbour to see the stunning array of ingenious house boats moored on the south shore.
The Harbour team at Bembridge also run a ferry service from the pontoons across the Harbour mouth to Bembridge village.
Colwell Bay & Totland – Isle of Wight
Colwell is an excellent, sheltered bay to anchor up at The Hut, a seafood restaurant on the beach with a exciting vibe and great cocktails! Its a popular spot for boat owners and often the rich and famous seem to choose this venue for lunch or dinner. The Hut will send their launch teams out to bring you ashore in time for your booking. Its also a nice waterfront to walk off the food and drinks taking in the views.
Totland Bay towards the western end of the Isle of Wight offers a super anchorage when the wind is coming from the east or south east. There’s an old pier and beach where you can swim ashore or we can launch the tender.
Hamble and River Hamble – Central Solent
Hamble River is a picturesque, quiet river at the entrance to Southampton Water, with plenty of pubs and marinas dotted along. Its 5.4 nautical miles in length with approxamitliy 3nm being navingatable, the river rising at Bishop’s Waltham at the foot of the south downs. Hamble Point is the first Marina at the mouth of the river where you will find the Ketch Rigger public house– a great choice for a Sunday lunch. Port Hamble is the next marina up river where you will find Banana Wharf restaurant. For an afternoon of shopping and a leisurely lunch at a pub, you can visit Hamble itself, a village full of cobbled streets and fine dining. Much further along the Hamble is Swanwick Marina, with plenty of pubs and restaurants in the surrounding area. The Hamble is around an 1.5 hour cruise from the mouth of Chichester Harbour.
Osborne Bay – Isle of Wight
Osborne bay is, almost undoubtedly, one of the most popular lunch anchorages in the Solent. Situated on the north eastern face of the Island it is the first bay you will see coming out of Cowes (east bound).
The bay is usually very sheltered from the wind which makes it a great sun trap in the midday sunshine, and an ideal spot for an afternoon swim. As the bay is in the central Solent it is around a 55 minute cruise from the mouth of Chichester Harbour.
Newtown Creek – Isle of Wight
Newtown Creek offers one of the most peaceful spots in the Solent. The creek is protected by the National Trust but they have no objection to us anchoring up and going ashore for barbecues and beach games.
One of the great attractions is the creek is the natural beauty and wildlife, its also protected at most tides by a strip of beach to the north, this beech is nice and steep so access via our RIB tender is a simple task. The bay also makes a lovely spot for anchoring, a bit of fishing and swimming. Newtown Creek is around 16 nautical miles from the entrance to Chichester Harbour.
Beaulieu River and Buckler’s Hard
Beaulieu River is a charming unspoilt river to visit. Privately owned by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu the river and it’s surrounding waterfront have been carefully conserved.
At the entrance of the River we can anchor up relax and watch the activities in the Solent, sheltered by the large spit at the end of the river. Or we can motor gently up the river taking in the views, admiring the stunning houses that back onto the river. We can also moor up at the Beaulieu River & Buckler’s Hard Marina where guests can walk to Beaulieu village along the river bank and visit the Maritime Museum or Master Builders hotel and pub for lunch.
Yarmouth – Isle of Wight
Yarmouth town is located in the Western Solent, and has main ferry services operating from its Harbour to Lymington.
Yarmouth is known locally as being a great spot for fishing, and the harbour is always busy with ferries and small boats. During the warmer months, Yarmouth Castle is the perfect place to visit for fantastic sea views and family picnics. Or take a walk along the old railway line to Freshwater Bay on the southside of the Island.
Yarmouth is home to plenty of pubs and restaurants and the open top bus Needles breezer a spectacular open top ride to view the Needles and much more.
We can pick up a mooring outside the Harbour and request a water taxi to take you ashore, or the harbour masters will try to accommodate a visitors mooring inside. Yarmouth can be busy in the summer so we have to wait our turn and have a plan B.
A picturesque port town on the banks of the Lymington river. We enter the Lymington river and the first marina to the west is Lymington yacht haven, its a friendly marina with a bar / restaurant and a good base to explore from. Berthon is another nice marina situated a little closer to town. Both marinas offer a nice stroll into Lymington town where the cobbled streets welcome you to a abundance of shops and eateries. The main town quay is a traditional and reminds me of visits to Cornwall. With fresh seafood, ice creams and a pub. There are shops at the town quay selling all things holiday and items in the interdependent shops you haven’t seen elsewhere.
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