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What are the minimum qualifications to skipper a boat?

For our larger yachts you must have as a minimum a RYA Coastal Skipper qualification or have equivalent experience and at least one other person on the boat should have the equivalent amount of experience and knowledge of a RYA Competent Crew certificate holder.

For our smaller yachts you need to hold a RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate and have and at least 200nm skippering experience in tidal waters, ideally in the Solent. Again someone else on board must have the equivalent amount of experience and knowledge of a RYA Competent Crew certificate holder.

Are pillows provided?

No but we can supply them for and additional charge, click here to see prices.

How much is the Security deposit and how do I pay?

The security deposit is £1500 unless you are racing and then it is £3000

This can either be paid by bank transfer to our account or if you have a UK credit card we can do an authorisation for the £1500.

Once we are happy the boat is returned with no damage and any extra costs such as fuel have been paid for, we will refund the money or cancel the authorisation.

Is fuel included?

No – you need to refuel on your way back to the marina or we will charge you £4 per engine hour used.

What clothing do I need to bring?

Warm and waterproof clothing along with warm soft soled shoes.

No loose sleeves or ties as they can get caught in winches.

How do I pay?

Bank transfer is simplest or debit card.

We do accept all major credit cards but there will be a 2% charge on top if you choose this method.

Is there parking?

Yes we have free parking in Shamrock Quay but it is controlled, so on arrival you will need to go to the marina office with documentary evidence of your charter and they will add your registration number to their system.

If you are due to arrive after the marina office is closed please email them in advance with your registration details and a copy of your charter agreement.

Failure to do so will incur charges.

Do I need Insurance?

The yachts are insured but you are advised to have holiday insurance to cover medical or lost luggage etc.

What cleaning materials are provided?

We supply washing up liquid, toilet gel, antibacterial spray and gumption along with dish cloths and scourers.

Are loo rolls provided?

Yes we have loo roll and 1 spare.

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Brilliant Day on the Water

Fantastic days sailing with friends on a wonderful boat. It certainly helped that we had 3 very experienced sailors with us, would highly recommend Firstaway sailing if you want a day on the water in the Solent. - Clive B

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Thanks Sally and Eric for great service and a brilliant day with Firstaway Yacht Charters. Excellent first experience of sailing. Skipper Eric was great and let us all take a turn at the helm. A great way to celebrate special occasions. Boat was clean and well maintained with good facilities too. Would recommend Firstaway to anyone wanting to take a trip sailing. - R & A Jenner

May Bank Holiday Charter of Cascadeur

We were 7 onboard this Jeanneau 12.5 m and while there wasn't much wind, with what little there was we managed 7 kts. Cascadeur is a great charter boat - roomy, clean, well equipped. Eric and Sally were very helpful and clearly know their stuff. - Peter R

Highly recommended

Wonderful people. Sally in particular couldn't have been more helpful. The skippers were professional and experienced, but also good fun and made the whole experience very enjoyable. Thanks all! - Sam N

Day trip with great skipper

Excellent company, with a very well appointed boat (Zara). Nothing was a problem to them, despite me chopping and changing a lot. Our skipper - Gavin - was fantastic. Knowledgable, friendly and great company. I would certainly use this company again.- ASQC

Amazing Trip. Highly Recommended!

I arrived with no expectations and ended up having an amazing time on "Elissa" The Skipper was super friendly and got us involved with the sailing. Overall was a phenomenal experience and I highly recommend to anyone considering!! 5 STARS - Virginia Water

Fantastic Service, Again, Thank You!

Firstaway run a great charter business: their yachts are in very good condition, always well prepared, properly cleaned; nothing is too much trouble; friendly and professional. I have been chartering from Firstaway for nearly 20 years and would always recommend them and never look elsewhere! - Mackeaj

Great experience in Solent with Firstaway

I chartered with Firstaway 3 days a Gib'Sea 37ft yatch. Very well kept and clean. excellent service and assistance, very easy checkin-checkout process. we did some 60 miles chilling around the Solent, Yarmouth harbour was also an excellent experience. highly recommended. - Tommaso M

An exciting day

A beautiful day on the water around the Solent... I was slightly anxious as I don’t have webbed feet but Eric and Sally were great hosts and competent sailors... now looking forward to my next seafaring adventure. - Karen

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