Located on the south coast of England, the port city of Southampton in Hampshire has always played an important role in British maritime history. Even so that the iconic Titanic set sail here in 1912. Today, the city is home to a wide range of attractions for visitors, many reflecting the famous sailing culture. But more importantly, Southampton serves as a gateway to the southwest of England. Hire a boat with Click&Boat to see all that is on offer in the UK’s sailing mecca.
Owing to its ideal location, Southampton offers many opportunities for visitors. Whether you are chartering a sailboat for a week or a RIB for half the day, there are plenty of things to visit in the city as well as in the surrounding region. Just off the coast lies the iconic Isle of Wight which hosts Cowes Week, one of the world’s oldest and most respected sailing regattas. From Southampton, visitors can also travel along the coast towards Dorset, a county known for having some of the UK’s most beautiful beaches.
Chartering a yacht in Southampton depends on a wide range of factors such as the type of boat, the season, the duration of the charter, as well as any other additional services which you may require. For a sailboat charter, prices begin at £250/day and up to £800/day for a top-quality sailboat. If you wish to hire a RIB, prices range from £500/day to £700/day.
It is possible to opt for a captain, but there are also many bareboat rentals in Southampton available for your next boating holiday. The prices may be a bit more expensive, but if you aren’t feeling too confident and would rather be guided to the beautiful locations along the coast, you may prefer to have a skipper onboard. They will be able to take you to hidden locations, many of which aren’t accessible by land. You can hire a day skipper or one for a longer duration. However, if you desire a sense of freedom in the open waters, we highly recommend a yacht charter in Southampton, without a captain.
Owing to Southampton’s practical location, serving as the gateway to the southwestern coast of England, there are many harbours and marinas from which to begin your boating holiday. The most popular marinas in Southampton include:
Near Southampton, you can find a wide range of natural sights to see that you can enjoy with your boat.
Towards the south, you can cross the Solent with a yacht charter towards the Isle of Wight, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and one of the United Kingdom’s most popular holiday destinations. With your boat hire, you can enjoy stunning sandy beaches and impressive rock formations, such as The Needles. The Isle of Wight is also home to numerous chines (coastal ravines), which are well-known in local folklore for their association with shipwrecks, fishing and smuggling. Here, visitors can get close to nature and see lush vegetation, beautiful forests and majestic waterfalls.
Further down the coast towards the West and you will enter the county of Dorset, known for its countless beaches. Many beaches have impressive rock formations too, such as the iconic Durdle Door, a natural arch carved out of limestone cliffs over many years. Further down the coast, you can swim in the crystal-clear waters of Lulworth Cove; ranked as one of the best beaches in the country. For water sports enthusiasts, it is also possible to hire equipment with some of our yacht charters in Southampton.
With a Click&Boat boat hire, there are countless other things to see in this beautiful region of England. For history buffs, we highly recommend setting sail with your boat hire from Southampton to the famous Portsmouth Harbour, home to a historic dockyard and the legendary HMS Victory. If you are interested in food, let your senses guide you to one of the many restaurants in Southampton, which is home to one of the UK’s most diverse culinary scenes. For visitors who wish to venture out further, it is also possible to sail across to the Channel Islands with your boat rental. To put it short, you will always have things to see in Southampton.
Thanks to its moderate climate, you can get a boat hire in Southampton all year round. However, the weather tends to change rapidly, so we recommend packing an anorak in case it ever starts to rain.
As always with a yacht charter, regardless of the destination, we highly recommend bringing a waterproof jacket and things to keep you warm in case there is wind or at night.
Boat hires in Southampton can vary based on the boat type, the duration and the price of the charter. In the UK, you are not required to hold a sailing license when you are on the sea. This means that visitors can opt for a bareboat charter if they wish. Whether you hire a motor yacht, a sailing yacht or even a RIB, there are boundless possibilities at Click&Boat to make your holiday more enjoyable. Many of our owners also provide optional extras too, such as snorkelling and diving equipment, jet skis and even wakeboards.
In Southampton, privately owned boats are available for hire. See other boats in the area.