At Hamble Point Yacht Charters, we understand that your dog is part of your family and you shouldn't have to leave them behind. That's why we welcome your pet on-board our yachts, at a small additional cost. Exploring new places and having adventures is what dog owners and dogs love, so you should all be able to do it together.
Here are a few tips and things to think about to prepare yourself and your dog for your next sailing adventure!
Life jackets are essential when sailing with your dog. Your dog may be a strong swimmer, but they'll eventually get tired. If your dog were to fall overboard or got too excited and decided to jump in, it could take time to manoeuvre the yacht back. Life jackets also make it easier to lift your dog on to the boat or out of the water if they have a lifting strap/handle on the life jacket.
You can purchase Life Jackets for dogs in advance. This helpful guide gives some more information on sizing, style and where to buy these Life jackets.
When moving around marinas and on pontoons, keep your dog on a lead to keep them safe and to prevent any unwanted jumps into the water!
Moving around and getting comfy on-board can also be quite tricky for dogs. Try using a bathroom mat with non-slip coating on the back to allow your dog to sit and move around more comfortably.
It comes as a surprise sometimes, but England can get very hot and very sunny in the Summer! To protect your dog from the sun, use some doggy sunscreen.
Make sure there are enough cool, shaded areas on board and that you have plenty of water. Try using a dog bowl with a rubber bottom to stop it sliding around. If you plan on sailing with your dog a lot, we recommend investing in a Buddy Bowl!
Dogs can get seasick just like humans. Consult your vet before your charter on anti-sickness remedies for your dog.
You may find that if you're sailing around the Solent that you're stopping quite regularly to see the sights of the South Coast. If not, we recommend bringing a patch of artificial grass and tray that will encourage your dog to use that. These are easy to clean and avoid having mess roll around on the deck!
If you're travelling to France, ensure you have all the necessary paperwork and vaccinations required.
The RYA have some more information on travelling with pets here.
If you're taking your pet sailing for the first time, be prepared to give lots of love and comfort as there is a chance they might be scared. We suggest finding a safe corner in the saloon that they can curl up in and feel safe.
We comprised a group of 5 friends; Chartering Kasara, a well appointed Halberg Rassy 36, for a long weekend, taking part in the Round Table Area 45 Presidents Rally. The boat was clean and ready for our arrival, and we were away in good time, she sailed well and when we returned on the Sunday evening the hand back was quick and easy. We all agreed we had had a great time, and would charter again in the future
Hi, I've chartered bareboats from Hamble Point Yacht Charters on a number of occasions - mostly weekends, working my way through their fleet of yachts. Really friendly people, swift to respond. Boats are always in good condition, ready to sail. Their location makes it easy to get to the Solent swiftly. Highly recommended
Just a quick one to say thanks for all your help over last couple of years which has been leading up to me getting my Yachtmaster Offshore award. First rate service both on the sailing school and chartering side.
Looking forward to taking more boats out and going on other sailing ventures with you guys next year!
Finally, just to say that the examiner was outstanding as an Examiner. Really friendly chap and really wanted me to pass. Would also help in giving tuition about alternative ways of doing things after I had completed a manoeuvre.
August 2019. We had an excellent sailing trip around the Solent, staying at a different mooring each day, sometimes in marinas, sometimes on mooring buoys. Hamble Point Yacht Charters was a perfect choice for us. Their location at the mouth of the Hamble river is absolutely ideal, giving immediate access to the central part of the Solent. The company is super efficient and very friendly, and they provided an outstanding service. The boat was in good condition, clean and eveything working. We have chartered with them a couple of times now and we will be back!
Just returned from a 1 week bareboat charter of Aeolus. The service through researching the options in October, where I popped in whilst in the area to view available boats, through the booking process and the charter itself was great. This particular boat may not be the newest on the water but is maintained to a high standard and allowed us a wonderful week crossing the channel to Fecamp and Honfleur before returning for a couple of days in the Solent. Nothing was too much trouble for HPYC and as a regular charterer around the UK and Europe the efficiency and quality of service delivered is appreciated, especially confirmation of the return of the security deposit emailed to me before I got home.
We sailed overnight to Alderney onboard Abraxas, which is a First 40.7. Initially in strong winds we made excellent progress and for the last couple of hours motored in no wind. This boat is good for passage making if you have an experienced crew happy to handle the large main sail.
Friendly welcome. All staff helpful. Relaxed atmosphere. Instructors gave clear explanations of safety equipment and how to perform tasks expected of crew. Very tolerant of mistakes made. Encouraged us to be more independent as the week went by to help build our confidence. Berthed in a number of different marinas each presenting different issues to consider when berthing. The whole experience was most enjoyable and I feel able to crew for other skippers. Excellent value.
The boat and equipment was in good order. We learnt a huge amount in a friendly and fun environment. I wouldn't hesitate to use HPYC for training or charters in the future.
We had a great charter of the yacht Appaloosa from HPYC. The boat was very clean when we boarded her, and was ready for us to board at the agreed time. The staff were very helpful and helped us straight away with any queries.....and my security deposit return was confirmed very quickly. I will definitely consider chartering from HPYC again!
When asked what they thought of HPYC and the day we provided for them: "Excellent"! Everything, as always, was excellent!
5 day solent area charter. HPYC were welcoming, professional, flexible and cheerful. We feel you may book here with confidence then relax and trust that all will be as you would wish.
Nice boat in fantastic condition even if it was quite old (2003). We enjoyed sailing in the Solent and the tips issued by Hamble Point Yacht Charters. We will come back.
I chartered a 32 ft with Hamble Point Yacht Charters for a weekend with a friend. the boat was good and Hamble point location is great to get out in the Solent quickly and and for a beer in Hamble at night. Staff at Hamble point Charter was very pro and friendly