Directly south of the Hamble lies the Isle of Wight and Cowes. Around the island’s coastline you can also explore Yarmouth, Newtown Creek and Bembridge.
To the east of Hamble Point lie Portsmouth with its historic naval heritage, and Chichester Harbour. To the west you will discover the quiet waters of Beaulieu River, Lymington and Poole Harbour and further on, spectacular sailing in the West Country.
A little further afield, the Channel Islands, Cherbourg and the Brittany coastline can also easily be explored.
Easily reached on a Friday evening from Hamble Point Marina, Cowes is a renowned sailing Mecca. The world’s oldest regular regatta, Cowes Week, occurs there annually in the first week of August. Among the restaurants to be highly recommended are the Red Duster and Murrays Seafoods on the High Street and Tonino’s on Shooters Hill. Also worth visiting are the Maritime Museum and the Sir Max Aitken Museum. Sir Max contributed enormously to ocean yacht racing and the museum is dedicated to his collection of nautical instruments, painting and maritime artefacts
Cowes Yacht Haven
A unique event based marina with berthing for up to 260 boats offering all the facilities expected of a full service marina, situated on the northern shore of the Isle of Wight at the mouth of the River Medina.
Upstream of Cowes Yacht Haven, on the starboard side, is Shepards Wharf, just minutes’ walk from the bustling centre of Cowes, with capacity for up to 100 visitors.
East Cowes Marina
East Cowes Marina is situated in a sheltered location on the Medina River, just upstream of Cowes town centre, with 140 visitor berths. There are supermarkets, a post office, a restaurant and café/takeaway outlets nearby in East Cowes town centre. West Cowes is also easily accessible by chain ferry or water taxi.
Yarmouth is a picturesque fishing, ferry and yachting port at the Western end of the Isle of Wight with an old world aura. The quaint town is adjacent to the harbour and has a number of restaurants and pubs as well as a Yacht Club and a variety of small shops. The picturesque countryside of the West Wight is very close and is ideal for cycling and walking.
Conveniently situated at the Western end of the Solent, access is available at all states of the tide. The Harbour is dredged to 2 metres below chart datum. Discounts for midweek overnight stays continue to be offered, £8 discount per night for vessels over 9 metres and £4 discount for vessels up to and including 9 metres.
The harbour has been developed and the layout and navigation lights have changed. There are now more walk ashore pontoons with power and water.
Bembridge is located on the east side of the Isle of Wight.
A large natural, sheltered picturesque harbour whose entrance is restricted by the tides. The Harbour is adjacent to two attractive villages with good restaurants and spectacular walks.
Situated on the southern edge of the New Forest between Southampton and Bournemouth and at the western end of the Solent, Lymington is a beautiful Georgian town surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty with the ancient woodlands and heathlands of the New Forest to the north.
Lymington Harbour Town Quay
Very convenient for the town and its numerous restaurants, bars and shopping facilities, the 120 visitor moorings at Town Quay are available on a first come first served basis.
Lymington Yacht Haven
Lymington Yacht Haven is the first marina that comes into sight as you make your way up the Lymington River, and has a number of visitor berths
In the Solent, almost opposite Cowes, the Beaulieu River and the 18th century shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard occupy a superb location surrounded by oak woodland within the Beaulieu Estate. Buckler’s Hard has been in the private ownership of the Montagu family since it was founded in 1724. It was here that wooden ships for the English Fleet were built and the village today retains much of the atmosphere of its shipbuilding origins.
Buckler’s Hard Marina
One of the most picturesque marinas on the south coast of England.
Poole Harbour is one of the world’s largest natural harbours and the mudflats and salt marshes are of great ecological value for feeding and roosting birds. Poole is a large coastal town and seaport with award-winning beaches.
Poole Quay Boat Haven
A modern purpose-built haven within Poole Harbour, situated to the eastern end of Poole Town Quay with 125 serviced visitor pontoon berths. The Haven has easy access to many restaurants, cafes and bars in the town of Poole, with public transport just a short distance away.
Weymouth Harbour is situated to the North East of Portland in the sheltered waters of Weymouth Bay, with golden sands, Georgian esplanade and a picturesque old harbour. Prevailing winds are South Westerly and the port can be entered at any state of the tide.
A modern purpose-built marina providing over 280 permanent and visiting berths, situated in the inner harbour beyond the town’s historic lifting bridge. There are no tidal access restrictions.
Commonly nicknamed Pompey, A significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth is home to many famous ships, including Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory, and HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose. The Spinnaker Tower is a recent addition to the city’s skyline.
Ideally situated as a base to explore the many places of interest in the area, with the historic dockyards just ten minutes away using the Gosport ferry.
Port Solent Marina
A unique atmosphere with a vibrant backdrop of Boardwalk restaurants, bars and shops, with top-class facilities. On-site six-screen Odeon cinema.
Chichester has a number of places of interest, the most notable being the cathedral.
Nestling in an enormous natural harbour, Chichester Marina has more than 1,000 berths, making it one of the largest marinas in the UK.
Had a fantastic week chartering Blue Otter, Alex was incredibly helpful and sent loads of information and date checking prior to booking. There was a handover video and both the handover and return were really smooth. The boat was lovely and well maintained and Lee was really helpful in recommending places to visit (and helping identify the steering issue as an autopilot takeover - doh!). Definitely will be back and would fully recommend!
Just back from a lovely week in the Solent. Great service from HPYC from first inquiry through to return handover. Very straightforward to deal with, and the yacht was in excellent condition. We've chartered from many companies in the UK and abroad and the attention to detail (and flawless inventory!) was second to none. Everything about the yacht and equipment had clearly been well looked after and was in immaculate condition. Great service, will use again.
Always very friendly service, and well-maintained yachts. Easy check-in and checkout. Will be back...
We had a great time and were very happy with everything. Your team were genuinely friendly and were very helpful when we needed it. Is a big contrast to many charter companies I have dealt with in the past.
Watching the sun go down with a glass of bubbly on the deck of a sparkling yacht was unbelievable. What a treat, and a much needed change of scenery in these troubled times. We will be back for sure
Fab service, nothing too much trouble, including my daft questions. I'll be a repeat customer for sure!
We had a great time sailing with Lee for a few days at the beginning of September. Hamble Point Yacht Charters supplied us an impeccable 45 ft Hanse yacht, which was handled with complete mastery by Captain Lee.It was a privilege to sail with Lee, who is clearly a highly skilled professional taking great pride in his work ... but who is also a fantastic character with a great sense of humour and plenty of fun stories to keep the whole family entertained. He balances the serious side of safety and learning about sailing with a whopping dose of amusement and good cheer. We sailed the Solent in some decent seas, visited Bucklers Hard on the banks of the Beaulieu River and learned lots about British nautical history. Our boys started somewhat of a fishing trend catching bass off the back of the boat in Portsmouth and we would love to sail with Lee again in the future.The man truly knows his stuff, maintained the boat impeccably and went to every effort to ensure that we had a great time. Many thanks to “Shippers” and Hamble Point Charters. We’ll be back.
Chartered bareboats with HPYC on numerous occasions most recently in Sept 2020. Always helpful and accommodating. Highly recommend.
We had a fantastic weekend sailing on Loxley B. Boat in super condition and spotlessly clean, Alex. and the team very thorough and always on hand to answer any questions. A great experience. We will be back. Thank you!
Lots of information from office with a friendly service. We selected a one of the cheaper yachts and was please with find everything work and was cleaned and tidy. We will definitely be back
This was the first time we had tried chartering and as experienced racing sailors we didn't know what to expect. Covid has closed down all our events this year so this was a chance to get afloat at least once in 2020. What a great experience and Alex and all the Hamble staff could not have been more friendly or helpful. We had a great three days and we will be back !! We would have no hesitation is recommending Hamble Point Yacht Charters.
From initial enquiry to handing the boat back, the service and attention to detail was fantastic. Very prompt service for the minor niggle we did have and with a wide selection of boats to charter, I'll certainly be back. One of the USPs of this business is they are right by the entrance to the Hamble so it's very quick to get out into the Solent compared to other marinas further up where it can take 30-40 mins or more just to reach Southampton water. Big thanks to Alex and the team, we had a great week on a very well kept boat
Professional, efficient and friendly. The booking and admin process was straightforward, the handover was well organised and Covid compliant. Most importantly the boat, a Sun Odyssey 37 was in great condition and very well equipped. We will definitely use this company again.
A short email to say thank you to you and all your team for a fantastic yacht charter and for all your help with our booking at such short notice. Apaloosa is a lovely yacht and very well equipped. Hamble Point Marina is a great base to explore from – and my first time sailing from there, although my husband has been a few times.
I would also like to praise our skipper, Dave. He was excellent company, very patient, great at explaining manoeuvres and very happy to involve the children so that they could learn too. Given the weather conditions and our rusty knowledge, it was very reassuring to have him with us. Dave was very happy to impart his knowledge and he ensured we made the most of our short charter. We would definitely request him again!
So, thank you once again, it was great fun, and have a good weekend.
One of the larger charter companies which means they have a large fleet and permanent office staff, a big plus. I chartered Loxley B (37ft Sun Odyssey). Boat was clean, well equipped, well maintained. Office staff was really friendly and efficient in answering questions quickly. Will use this company again.