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YACHT CHARTER COMPANY

A huge amount of pleasure can be derived from chartering a sailing yacht and skippering it yourself.

There is so much to see and do within the Solent and a Solent charter offers opportunities to visit lots of different and interesting places within a weekend or a week.  From the busy port of Southampton and the naval port of Portsmouth, to Cowes and Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, Lymington and Beaulieu on the edge of the New Forest, and Hamble on the River Hamble.  The Solent offers a great cruising ground.  For a list of suggested places to visit during your Solent yacht charter have a look  here .

To charter a bareboat yacht, you must have done a reasonable amount of sailing before and at least one other person on the boat should have the equivalent amount of experience and knowledge of an RYA Competent Crew certificate holder.

To charter one of our larger yachts you must have as a minimum an RYA Coastal Skipper qualification or have equivalent sailing experience on a similar sized yacht.

For our smaller yachts you need to hold an RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate or above and have skippered for at least 200nm on a sailing yacht in tidal waters, ideally in the Solent.

If you are would like to discuss your sailing to date and suitability to charter a yacht then please do call and if you don’t quite have the qualifications or experience required then you could consider a skippered charter or coming on a  mile building  or  boat handling weekend  or taking an RYA course with our parent Company  First Class Sailing  .  They offer the full range of sailing courses, both practical and theory courses including 1 day courses for VHF.

In addition to a Solent charter France, the Channel Islands, Poole, Weymouth and beyond to the West Country are all doable if weather and time permits.

A yacht can be chartered by yourself to sail with family and friends or for a specific sailing event or for some corporate sailing with office team members or clients.  So, whether you fancy some cruising, racing, skippered charter or doing some corporate sailing do get in touch.

Yachts available for bareboat charter are as follows (please scroll across to view all information):

High Season May-September Low Season October - April
Boat Name Type Year Mon-Fri Weekend Addn Day 7 days 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days Mon-Fri Weekend Addn Day 7 days 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days Length Berths Triple Double Single Cabins Day Heads Security
Cascadeur Jenneau 12.5 1990 1468 1290 375 2100 650 1111 900 275 1850 625 12.5m 41' 10 1 3 1 3 10 2 1250
Nautical Dreams Bavaria 42 2006 1215 1215 375 2025 630 910 910 275 1520 475 12.99m 42' 7 3 1 3 8+2 2 1250
Southpoint II Bavaria 47 2001 1805 1805 650 2900 899 1300 1550 1650 1390 1390 455 2575 680 900 1075 1250 14.68m 48'2" 12 2 2 2 4 12+2 3 1250
Shropshire Lady Bavaria 35 1992 950 950 455 1550 475 950 950 455 1550 475 10.74m 35'25" 8 3 2 3 8 1 1500
Leo Westerly Fulmar 1991 800 950 250 1500 550 9.73m 31'92" 6 2 2 1 8 1 1500

Cascadeur

Type: Jenneau 12.5
Year: 1990

High Season May-September

Mon-Fri: £1468
Weekend: £1290
Addn Day: £375
7 Days: £2100
1 Day: £650

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Low Season October - April

Mon-Fri: £1111
Weekend: £900
Addn Day: £275
7 Days: £1850
1 Day: £650

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Specification

Length: 12.5m 41'
Berths: 10
Triple: 1
Double: 3
Single: 1
Cabins: 3
Day: 10
Heads: 2
Security: 1250

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Nautical Dreams

Type: Bavaria 42
Year: 2006

High Season May-September

Mon-Fri: £1215
Weekend: £1215
Addn Day: £375
7 Days: £2025
1 Day: £630

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Low Season October - April

Mon-Fri: £910
Weekend: £910
Addn Day: £275
7 Days: £1520
1 Day: £475

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Specification

Length: 12.99m 42'
Berths: 7
Triple: N/A
Double: 3
Single: 1
Cabins: 3
Day: 8+2
Heads: 2
Security: 1250

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Southpoint II

Type: Bavaria 47
Year: 2001

High Season May-September

Mon-Fri: £1805
Weekend: £1805
Addn Day: £650
7 Days: £2900
1 Day: £899
2 Days: £1300
3 Days: £1550
4 Days: £1650

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Low Season October - April

Mon-Fri: £1390
Weekend: £1390
Addn Day: £455
7 Days: £2575
1 Day: £680
2 Days: £900
3 Days: £1075
4 Days: £1250

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Specification

Length: 14.68m 48'2"
Berths: 12
Triple: 2
Double: 2
Single: 2
Cabins: 4
Day: 12+2
Heads: 3
Security: 1250

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Shropshire Lady

Type: Bavaria 35
Year: 1992

High Season May-September

Mon-Fri: £950
Weekend: £950
Addn Day: £455
7 Days: £1550
1 Day: £475

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Low Season October - April

Mon-Fri: £950
Weekend: £950
Addn Day: £455
7 Days: £1550
1 Day: £475

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Specification

Length: 10.74m 35'25"
Berths: 8
Triple: N/A
Double: 3
Single: 2
Cabins: 3
Day: 8
Heads: 1
Security: 1500

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Leo

Type: Westerly Fulmar
Year: 1991

High Season May-September

Mon-Fri: £800
Weekend: £950
Addn Day: £250
7 Days: £1500
1 Day: £550

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Low Season October - April

Mon-Fri: N/A
Weekend: N/A
Addn Day: N/A
7 Days: N/A
1 Day: N/A

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Specification

Length: 9.73m 31'92"
Berths: 6
Triple: N/A
Double: 2
Single: 2
Cabins: 1
Day: 8
Heads: 1
Security: 1500

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Additional Costs

Mooring fees

Fuel

End of charter clean £50 - Unless you wish to do it yourself. Far easier to let us bring the yacht back up to the standard that you will have found her in.

Skipper - If you would like a skipper so you can really switch off add a daily fee of £175 plus food and berth or accommodation ashore for the skipper.  For a skippered yacht you may wish to look at  this page.

Instructor - If you would like an instructor to help you brush up on rusty skills or teach you new ones add £200 a day plus food and berth or accommodation ashore for the instructor.

Waterproof jacket and trousers - £10 daily per set.

Security Deposits - Vary from £1000 to £1500. Perhaps more if racing.

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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

Firstaway Yacht Charters

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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