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Four reasons to hire a boat in Portsmouth


  • Portsmouth is a port city on the south coast of England. It has a great maritime history and heritage. It has one of the largest and most important harbours in England.

  • The best time to visit and charter a boat in Portsmouth is during summer. The weather is pleasant, and the winds are favourable for sailing.

  • Portsmouth has several marinas equipped and available for your boat. We recommend the Wightlink Isle of Wight Ferries marina, is easy to access but very busy. Another option is Southsea Marina, with a relaxed atmosphere to escape the crowds.

  • If you rent a boat in Portsmouth, you can easily sail to the city of Southampton.


Pricing and information about hiring a boat in Portsmouth


Boat charter prices in the UK differ depending on the type of boat and the time of year. In the low season, canal boat charter prices start from 240 euros. If you are looking to charter a sailing yacht, prices start from €700 in the low season. Please note that the high season in Portsmouth is in June and July; if you want to charter a boat in this season we recommend that you book your boat two months in advance.


Do you need a license to rent a boat in Portsmouth?


Boat hire in England is regulated, and if you want to charter a boat you will have to comply with the regulations. A licence is not required to hire a boat on the canals and rivers of the UK. You will receive quick training on how to operate a boat when you hire a boat from these establishments. However, if you want to rent a boat and sail along the coast, you will need to produce an ICC and show that you can recognise and read the signs and rules.


If you have no licence and no sailing experience, you can rent any boat from our catalogue with a skipper. Renting a skippered boat allows you to relax and enjoy your trip. The skippers will help you to deeply know the places you visit by boat.


Things to do in Portsmouth


⚓ Visit Portchester Castle, a Roman fort on the coast that has a tower that was used to keep watch over the nearby waters.


⚓ If you're a sailing enthusiast, visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy. An interactive museum that will allow you to learn about the history of the city and how important seamanship is to it.


⚓ Visit the aquarium to discover all the marine life that can be found in the area.


⚓ Organise a day of hiking up Portsdown hill, where you will find the best views of the city and the best sunsets.


Practical information 


You can reach Portsmouth by land, either by train or car. Another option is to fly into one of the nearby airports, Gatwick or Heathrow. While you are in England, visit the city of London, a great city with great tourist attractions. Rent a boat in London and cruise the River Thames.


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