DAY TRIP CHARTERS
Explore, relax, enjoy. Let us take care of every detail to make your day an exciting and unforgettable experience.
Your personalised motor boat charter experience starts in Lymington Yacht Haven, a Five Gold Anchor Marina and Marina of The Year in 2016, standing on the West bank of the Lymington river providing easy access to a variety of amazing Solent locations. Lymington is a busy market-town well known for its 19th century shipbuilding industry; much of the town center’s features, including its narrow cobbled streets, have been inherited from this era. There are also many tales of the town’s smuggling past – it is believed that the smugglers built tunnels between the town quay and the old inns on the High Street.
Commercial fishing still plays a large part in the local economy with fishing boats operating out of the town quay. At the mouth of the river, the Jack in the Basket marker post still stands where fishermen’s wives would lovingly row out and leave their husband’s food and drink in baskets.
We will work with you to design an experience that will meet all your expectations and give you and your guests an exciting and memorable day trip on the Solent. We can suggest an itinerary for the day built around your personal requirements, taking in the sights along the Solent, stopping for a picnic lunch while anchored in one of the charming and sheltered bays or lunch at a pre-booked restaurant in one of the delightful Solent harbours. The choice is yours and if you have a particular destination in mind we will work with you to accommodate your requests. Here are some of the wonderful locations you can visit and enjoy during the day:
Needles Rocks and Lighthouse
Leaving the Jack in the Basket at the mouth of the Lymington river we will head due West taking in the views across the Salterns and the unspoilt nature reserves, cruising between Hurst Castle and Fort Albert and onwards towards the Needles. The Needles Rocks are a row of three distinctive stacks of chalk that rise about 30m out of the sea just West of Alum Bay. They are a stunning and breath-taking landmark on the very Western tip of the Isle of Wight marking the entrance to the Western Solent. The Needles Lighthouse stands at the outer, Western end of the rock formation.
Hurst Castle is an artillery fort established by Henry VIII on the Hurst Spit. The castle defended the Western entrance to the Solent against invasion and when fully armed with canon formed one of the most powerful forts along the coast. Hurst castle was used to detain King Charles I prior to his execution before falling into disrepair and becoming a popular meeting place for smugglers. The channel to the south of Hurst spit is very deep and is often used by merchant ships sailing up the Solent towards Southampton. When the Solent waters accelerate through the Hurst race the sea can appear to be in turmoil; these conditions can make for a fascinating passage aboard the perfectly safe Yallabina!
Yarmouth is a picturesque fishing, ferry and yachting port and has been a settlement for over a thousand years. There are plenty of places to explore in and around Yarmouth; Yarmouth Castle, another of Henry VIII’s forts, provides a wonderful picnic spot or we can book a table for you in one of the excellent pubs or restaurants in the town. Stroll out on to the longest timber pier in England and take in the spectacular views over the Solent or for the more adventurous, the Isle of Wight Coastal path will lead you up to breath-taking views from the Needles Battery.
Newtown Creek, on the North-West coast of the Isle of Wight, is one of the most unspoilt havens in the Solent. The area is owned by the National Trust and provides a relaxing anchorage especially during the week or off-season times. The River is part of the Isle of Wight’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the area is part of a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest. Providing the tides are in our favour, you and your guests can take a dip in the tranquil waters or take in the unspoilt scenery while relaxing on the sun-pads.
Beaulieu River and Buckler’s Hard
Buckler’s Hard was once a significant shipbuilding centre, building many wooden sailing ships, both merchant and naval, including Nelson’s Agamemnon. Buckler’s Hard is accessed via the stunning Beaulieu River which flows through the New Forest. One of the few privately owned estuaries in the world, the Beaulieu River has been in the careful custodianship of the Montagu family for over four centuries, creating a river which is un-spoilt and rich with wildlife. The river is separated from the Solent by a raised area of salt marsh known as Gull Island.
Visit the Maritime Museum to follow the development of this fascinating village, the story of its ships, and the residents who lived and worked here.
Lunch can be taken at the Master Builder’s which provides stunning views along the Beaulieu River and set at the end of the grassy street that is Buckler’s Hard village.
Cowes and East Cowes are seaport towns on the northern tip of the Isle of Wight. Cowes is located on the west bank of the estuary of the River Medina, facing the smaller town of East Cowes on the east bank
Cowes is the larger of the two towns, offering specialty shops, some great eateries and plenty of watering holes. The town stretches across the mouth of the river Medina estuary, where the famous chain ferry shuttles pedestrians and cars from one side of the river to the other, in just a few minutes. Osbourne House, Queen Victoria’s island retreat is within walking distance of the town; much of the town’s architecture is still heavily influenced by the style of ornate building that Prince Albert popularised.
The Folly Inn
The Folly Inn is an open plan, rustic pub perched on the banks of the River Medina, just up the river from Cowes. It is an ideal lunch location with plenty of seating inside or outside on the waterside patio and beer garden. We can stop alongside one of the river pontoons where you will be met by a river taxi to take your group ashore for a well-earned lunch.
Southampton Water is the deep-water inlet leading 6 miles from the Solent to the historic city of Southampton. There might be a particular cruise ship you want to see departing from its berth in Southampton or just cruise up one of the busiest major ports in the world which attracts large volumes of cargo and passenger vessels and take in the amazing sights on the way.
Head up the Itchen River to Ocean Village for lunch and choose from a range of modern restaurants and bars. The spectacular Harbour Village hotel is a new addition to this memorable location.
The River Hamble is an estuary feeding in to Southampton Water and provides more opportunities for watching the world go by, taking in the beautiful scenery or taking lunch at one of the excellent riverside restaurants. The wonderful pubs in Hamble village are only a short walk from the riverside marinas.
There are many other great coastal places accessible by boat, if you have somewhere particular in mind that you would like to visit please let us know when you contact us.
Designed and built in Plymouth by Princess Yachts International, Yallabina is a 16 metre (53 feet) Princess V53 luxury sports cruiser.
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