Yacht Hire

You can hire with a professional skipper or, if you have the required qualifications of Day Skipper or 3 years experience, without a skipper.

For bareboat charter without one of our skippers click this link.

If you would prefer one of our skippers to sail with you on a skippered charter that is fine. He or she can tailor your trip to suit you. If you want to learn they can teach you as much or as little as you like. If you just fancy sitting back and watching the world go by while our skipper takes care of everything that can be done too.

There are plenty of interesting and attractive places to visit without actually leaving the Solent. But if you have time you may wish to go further afield and head across the Channel to France and the Channel Island or the West Country.

Our base in Shamrock Quay is the perfect place to start your charter from. There is a chandlery, a pub, a breakfast cafe and plenty of secure parking.

Here are some places you might like to visit

Enjoy the ambience of the busiest yachting centre in the world. Watch hundreds of different boats come and go, stroll through the narrow cobbled high street - and visit some of the many pubs and restaurants. Visit Osborne House, Queen Victoria's magnificent summer residence, open to the public and a short bus or taxi ride from East Cowes Marina.

Sail to Portsmouth and take a walk around the historic Royal Dockyard where you can see modern day frigates and aircraft carriers.

To contrast today's modern naval ships go aboard HMS Victory, Nelson's flag ship that faught in the Battle of Trafalgar. The museums are excellent and will be enjoyed by all.

Potter up the very peaceful and pretty Beaulieu River to Bucklers Hard in the heart of the New Forest where most of Henry VIII's fleet was built. If you have time the town is nearby and Lord Montague's private car collection at Beaulieu Motor Museum

Western end of the Isle of Wight - a charming, pretty village great pubs and restaurants. From here there are some lovely coastal walks to the Needles and across the Island to Freshwater or Tennison Down.

A natural, totally unspoilt harbour that is a National Trust protected nature reserve. Sometimes the colourof the water is such that it looks like the perfect Caribbean anchorage. Visitors moorings are provided and a run ashore in the dinghy to the local Pub is a must!

You can tie up on town quay right in the middle of town and watch the world go by or in the large marina with all the facilities you might need. It's a very charming bustling place with cobbled streets, a fun market at weekends, good pubs and excellent restaurants.

All these places are within easy reach of Shamrock Quay and it's possible to get some great sailing in and visit more than one in a day.

A skipper can be arranged for any of the bareboat dates below.

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Shamrock Quay

William Street



SO14 5QL


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1 Northey Street


E14 8BT

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