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Why Charter with Firstaway?

We care!

From the moment you first get in touch with us to when you finish your charter.

We are concerned that you choose the right yacht for you, that you are kept well informed of when and where to join your yacht. Whether you chartering bareboat or have asked us to provide a skipper or an instructor we provide the right one for you, that the yachts are well maintained and your safety given the highest regard, that we provide you with the best waterproofs, that you get what you want and more out of any sailing you do with us.

We want people to give people the opportunity to experience what it is about sailing that we love so much -
the adventure, the thrill and satisfaction of the arrival, the 360 degree horizon, the speed, the ever changing colours or the sea and the sky, the camaraderie, the challenge, the sound of water bubbling by, the escape, the freedom, the little surprises that crop up, the solitude, because 2 days on a boat is like 3 weeks on a beach in terms of clearing your head, the fresh salty smell, the sight of a dolphin, the sight of a whale!, the bond that strikes up with others on the water, the timelessness, the teamwork, the tan.

At the end of the day we put our money where our mouth is and offer a guarantee that offers 2 things:

  1. If you are not happy with your charter then we are not happy and if we can't put it right to YOUR satisfaction we give you your money back;
  2. We promise to respond to your enquiries promptly and are here to offer unlimited support and advice to our customers forever;

Sailing Area

The Solent and surrounding area provides a fantastic cruising ground. There are numerous harbours, marinas, anchorages to visit, all within short distances. Places such as Hamble, Cowes, Beaulieu, Newtown, Lymington, Yarmouth, Wootton Creek, Portsmouth, Bembridge. If you fancy going further afield outside of the Solent there is Langstone and Chichester to the east and Poole and Weymouth to the west. Further than that are France, The Channel Islands and the West Country, all of which are within reach if chartering for a week or more.

The Solent itself offers a degree of shelter from the prevailing South Westerly weather. So when it is blowing hard out in the Channel it will likely not be so strong within the Solent and the sea state will be much calmer than out of the Solent.

Link with First Class Sailing

We have very close ties with First Class Sailing , a RYA recognised training centre, also based in Shamrock Quay. So if you feel you would benefit from brushing up on boat handling, getting some more miles or simply taking a RYA course we are perfectly place to.

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Our Reviews

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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