To buy your own sailing yacht or to charter? That is the question.
Unless you are lucky enough to be regularly invited along to crew on a friend’s yacht, you have two choices for your sailing holidays: to charter a yacht or to buy your own.
Below, Dirk Agter, co-founder and CEO of Yacht-Match, reviews these choices and introduces a way to turn boat ownership into an investment.
Many sailing enthusiasts choose chartering over ownership. A charter client has the freedom to choose any yacht type and destination. Each sailing holiday can be on a different yacht, offering a great way to experience a variety of boat sizes and styles.
In addition, the charter client pays a[...]read more
The UK may not be the first place you think of when planning your yacht charter but actually, chartering in the UK offers many advantages and benefits to the UK-based sailor.
You can easily arrange a weekend charter in the UK, which simply isn’t feasible if you are looking further afield.
Hamble Point Yacht Charters’ weekend package runs from 4pm on Friday to 5pm on Sunday allowing two nights on board and you can be back in the office / school on Monday morning with none of your precious annual leave allowance used.
With evening handovers available[...]read more
As the seasons roll on and we embrace Spring, we thought we’d look at Spring Tides and their impact on yacht chartering and sailing.
The first thing to know about spring tides, is they have absolutely nothing to do with Spring!
What Are Spring Tides?
A spring tide or ‘springs’ is a higher than average tide, whilst ‘neaps’ refers to a lower than average tide. A spring tide occurs roughly every fortnight.
What Causes Spring Tides?
Tides are caused by the gravitational pull generated by the Sun and Moon.
As the moon orbits Earth, twice a month, the Earth, Sun and Moon are all in alignment – and this combined gravitational pull is what causes the larger surges[...]read more
Hamble Point Yacht Charters are thrilled to have been awarded the British Marine Leisure Boating Customer Service Award 2018!
After reading the glowing reviews and feedback left by you, our customers, on Trip Advisor, Google and Facebook and having reviewed our customer service questionnaires, the judging panel selected Hamble Point Yacht Charters to receive this prestigious award in recognition of an exceptionally high quality of customer service and for continually striving to improve services for customers.
The award was presented by the Chair of Leisure Boating, Rob Clark who described us as "An amazing company – clearly focussed on customer service which is so important in our industry.”
Thank you to everyone who has left feedback or completed[...]read more
You don’t have to be crazy to consider Winter Sailing. In our last article post we looked at 10 Reasons why Winter Sailing is awesome.
During winter, only the hardiest of sailors will spend the night at anchor, so if you have been tempted to try a winter sailing weekend, here is the Hamble Point Yacht charters guide to where to go:
East Cowes Marina
East Cowes Marina on the River Medina, Isle of Wight, offers good shelter from passing ferries, and offers stylish washrooms you’d expect in a luxury hotel with underfloor heating and hairdryers provided!
The Lifeboat is a large pub[...]read more
We charter regularly from HPYC and always find the boats are clean, well maintained and properly equipped. The handover and breifing process is always efficeint and thorough so we get away quickly and we know support is available if there are any difficulties. The marina locatioin is also a great plus, giving easy and quick access to the Solent with optoins ot go east or west depending on the tides. All of the team at HPYC are very friendly and helpful and we really appreciate the great service they provide.
Thoroughly enjoyed the week. Four days sailing with Leigh as skipper; made up the itinerary as we went along - across to Cowes then down to Lulworth Cove and back. Several of us have sailing experience but did not have the experience to navigate the tides and currents of the south coast. Leigh was brilliant - quickly got us doing all the work within our own abilities and his knowledge and experience was exceptional. Knew his stuff. Great fun and pretty good value for money all once you divided it up between the seven of us. Not quite enough storage for all the beer however...
Very efficient and friendly service, quick and slick handover and return. Communication with Alex was very good, both by telephone and emails. I’d never sailed a Gib Sea 37 before but Viola is quick under sail and motor, very noisy in tick over as was pointed out at the handover but equally quiet with a few revs, in fact almost ‘electric’ quiet one crew member remarked. The heavy kick to port in astern can be used to good effect when close quarter manoeuvring. Plenty of electronics ( I brought charts with me but didn’t need them, the plotter at the helm was great ) All in all, Viola was a credit to you and I wouldn’t hesitate to charter her again... Although I do like the look of the Halberg Rassey on the next berth ! Perhaps next year? Many thanks Alex and the team.
We had an excellent weekend on board a 36 ft yacht, Aeolus, chartered from HPYC. The boat was in great condition, fully equipped with no problems at all, Booking, collection and returning the boat all went very smoothly and the staff were all super friendly and efficient. Hamble Point Marina is also a really nice spot and a great place to start out from. HPYC will definitely be our first choice for our next charter.
Had another amazing week sailing thanks to HPYC. The team here are so friendly; Alex, Josh and Dave are a really credit to the business - nothing seems to much trouble and we shall definitely be visiting again next year. Here’s to hoping we have another mid 20’s heatwave.....please.