No experience required – the benefits of a skippered yacht charter in the UK

Skippered yacht charter

Just because you can’t sail, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t! Especially when you can hire a yacht with a professional skipper from our base at Port Hamble Marina.

Imagine yourself embarking on five day adventure along with a group of your friends or family, departing from Hamble and exploring the beautiful south coast of the UK, stopping off at historic Portsmouth or even venturing further afield to the Channel Islands, the wind in your hair and a glass of bubbly in you hand as you enjoy the passage without a care in the world. Now you can! And even if you can sail, sometimes it’s nice to have a holiday where you can sit back and relax while you let someone else take care of the sailing.

To help you plan your next sailing holiday in the UK, take a look at the benefits of hiring a yacht complete with skipper with Fairview Sailing.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

We often hear people say, ‘I’d love to experience a bareboat charter in the UK, but I can’t sail’. That’s where we can help. Our skippered yacht charters are perfect for anyone who wants to experience the adventures that come with sailing but either don’t have the qualifications to do so, or want to spend the time onboard relaxing and letting someone else do the work. As well as requesting to hire the yacht, tell us you’d like a skipper too, and we’ll arrange everything.

Your professional skipper will join you on embarkation and will stay with you for the duration of your charter, taking you to all the places you’d like to go and maybe giving you advice on the best places to visit and the best places to eat in the area. They will stay onboard with you in their own cabin so they won’t be under your feet while you enjoy some quality time with friends and family on what will be one of your most exciting holidays yet!

Related article: The benefits of a UK bareboat charter

The benefits of a skippered charter

First and foremost, you don’t need to be a qualified sailor to take advantage of all of the benefits that a sailing holiday has to offer. Your skipper will do all of the sailing, can arrange your itinerary for you (unless you want to tell him where you’d like to go), take care of all of the safety elements involved and fundamentally make sure that your yacht charter is something that you’ll speak fondly of for years to come.

If you want to get involved with the sailing, you can, just let the skipper know and they will help you learn a few basics on how to sail a yacht, including some information about technical things such as wind streams, perhaps in preparation for you to learn a bit more on one of our RYA training courses. The best bit is, you’re in charge, so just sit back, enjoy the views and marvel at the beauty that the south coast has to offer.

Choice of destinations

Our base at Port Hamble Marina is an ideal starting point to visit some of south coasts most spectacular sights. Head east to Portsmouth and enjoy the day shopping at Gunwharf Quays and visiting some of the most significant maritime vessels at the famous historic dockyard. West, you’ll find yourself at Southampton, or sail further along the coast and visit the quaint village of Beaulieu on the outskirts of the New Forest. Our customers also love sailing over to the Isle of Wight, where you’ll find adventure parks for the children and wonderful pubs and eateries for the grown ups.

For those embarking on a five or seven day charter, you can visit the south west coastal city of Plymouth or even head over to the Channel Islands where you’ll fall in love with the sandy beaches. historical monuments and friendly locals. Juts because you’re sailing in the UK doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy a whole host of wonderful places – sometimes home really is where the heart is.

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Choice of yachts

We have a fleet of over 40 yachts, including our Dufour 460 and Dufour 430 GLs and our Beneteau Oceanis 37’s. All of our yachts are meticulously maintained to the highest standards and offer our customers top class comfort and style. 

Our Dufour 460 GL can sleep up to 12 guests and a skipper, so you can split the cost with family or friends and enjoy a holiday where you can wake up every morning with a different view.

Yacht charters around the globe

If you’re looking for something a bit further afield, we have some amazing sailing holidays available in +60 destinations around the globe thanks to our partnership with the world’s leading yacht charter company, Dream Yacht Charter. Destinations include the Caribbean, Greece, Croatia, Tahiti, the Maldives and Australia, with more bases due to be announced in 2021. Charter types includes skippered, by the cabin, bareboat and luxury crewed.

Find out more

To find out more about chartering a bareboat yacht with a skipper from our base in Port Hamble Marina, call us today on 02380 457023 or email info@

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