Welcome to Hamble River Boat Charter.

When the opportunity arose to breathe a new lease of life into the 1958 Hamble-Warsash ferry we jumped at the chance! Restored to her former glory, and upgraded with a near silent electric engine, ‘Gull’ provides pleasure trips on the river. From our base in Swanwick Marina we are positioned perfectly in the centre of the beautiful, easily explored, River Hamble. Gull seats up to 8 passengers comfortably, although she is licensed for a maximum of 12 by prior arrangement, she is electrically powered and easily helmed.

Important Information About Tides

Being a tidal river means that the tide dictates where you can go on any particular day. So, going down the River is possible on any tide, but to explore up river towards Botley means that you need to leave about an hour before high water. Our normal cruising area is down river as far as the Harbour Masters pontoon on the Warsash side and up river to the fork just before Fairthorne Manor. Beyond the fork requires specific permission as the river has shallowed and requires local knowledge.The combination of shallow water and river debris past this point may cause damage to Gull, and could ruin yours and others future trips, so please call if you do have the need to take her past the fork.

Tide times for Bursledon

These are today’s tides for Bursledon

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24 May 2022

Time Type Height
07:26 high 3.9m
12:38 low 1.8m
19:12 high 4m

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Pricing Information

Gull is available to charter Bareboat or Skippered, please look at the options and prices below.

BAREBOAT CHARTER

To charter Gull bareboat, boating experience is required* and we will need a conversation with you to determine that experience. If you choose to bareboat charter from us you are solely responsible for the vessel and your guests. We will ask that you complete our charter agreement.

DAY BAREBOAT CHARTER

£75/3 hours

Maximum 6x individual people or 2x households (8x people maximum)

Any 3x hours between 9am & 5pm
Boating experience required*
Covid-19 secure**
Welcome to bring your own refreshments
EVENING BAREBOAT CHARTER

£85/3 hours

Maximum 6x individual people or 2x households (8x people maximum)

3x hours from 4pm
Boating experience required*
Boat MUST be back on the berth by 9pm
Summer Season ONLY

* As the Hamble River is tidal, a suggested minimum of an RYA powerboat 2 or Dinghy level 2 or 2 years afloat as skipper, you are responsible for the boat, if unsure about your ability give us a call to discuss before you book or why not consider skippered charter?

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SKIPPERED CHARTER

Not sure how to skipper Gull yourself? We have the solution! We will happily provide your own private skipper who knows the river well, will take you where you want to go or if you prefer, will suggest some great spots to visit, leaving you to relax and take it all in.

DAY SKIPPERED CHARTER

£185/3 hours

Maximum 6x individual people or 2x households (8x people maximum)

Any 3x hours between 9am & 5pm
Welcome to bring your own refreshments
Covid-19 secure**
EVENING SKIPPERED CHARTER

£195/3 hours

Maximum 6x individual people or 2x households (8x people maximum)

3x hours from 4pm
Summer Season ONLY
Covid-19 secure**

** Please read our Covid Risk Assessment here:

Covid-19 Secure
Skippered Trips

Wildlife Photo Safaris

Sit back and relax while one of our team take you to some of the beautiful areas of the River Hamble, to take photos of the vast array of wildlife we have the privilege of being able to see from the water.

Be guided by our experienced skipper and wildlife photographer who will look after the boat and put you in the best spots, for the best shots.

We have a few recommended dates available to book, which have been carefully worked out around suitable tides. Some are early mornings to get the first light and the others are early evening before sunset. If the dates are not suitable for you please contact us as we may be able to run on other dates.

To book please contact us to discuss dates. Start time to be confirmed prior to the charter date.

WILDLIFE PHOTO SAFARI SKIPPERED MORNING CHARTER

£55per person /4 hours

Maximum of 4x photographers

4x hours from 7am depending on high tide times
Qualified Skipper with Photography knowledge
Welcome to bring your own refreshments

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Hamble River Boat Charter
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Christopher Thomas
Christopher Thomas
2021-08-27T20:58:54+0000
Absolutely cracking stuff. Lovely little boat, Fran was a great, friendly skipper, very knowledgeable which really... added to the experience, accommodating as well. Lovely scenery. Couldn’t recommend highly enough. 10/10 would do again.read more
Abigail Healy Ne Walker
Abigail Healy Ne Walker
2021-08-01T07:23:16+0000
Thanks Fran - We had a great afternoon on Gull exploring the beautiful Hamble River. We'll be doing it again soon 🙂
Jo Darling
Jo Darling
2021-06-06T14:19:06+0000
What a great experience and easy to use, will definitely hire agin
Kate Wilson
Kate Wilson
2021-06-05T21:22:07+0000
Highly recommend! Easy and quick to book, great instructions and set-up and we had a fab sunny day on the boat... exploring The Hamble. 3hrs of hassle free boating 🙂read more
Lucy Marsh
Lucy Marsh
2021-04-26T08:02:24+0000
I took my family out on the gull for 3 hours and we loved it! Very fun, we took a picnic with us an enjoyed exploring... the area in the boat. Something fun and different to do an very good value 😊 quick responses to enquiries and easy to book, I'd highly recommend!read more
Tom Gurd
Tom Gurd
2020-10-14T22:10:57+0000
Just a fantastic experience. The team were super helpful & the boat was the perfect way to see the river. Loved every... minute!!read more
Claire Jones
Claire Jones
2020-09-22T20:35:52+0000
We had a brilliant time out on Gull! Took a 3 year old and 6 year old who really enjoyed themselves. Excellent service... too. Would thoroughly recommend for something a bit different to do.read more
Jo Fleming
Jo Fleming
2020-09-12T16:52:56+0000
What a fabulous way to spend a Saturday afternoon to celebrate my dad’s birthday! The boat was charming, the river... picturesque and Fran a fantastic host. Fran’s knowledge of the river and the surrounding area was an added bonus!read more
Sarah Hare
Sarah Hare
2020-08-23T20:34:29+0000
Lovely River Cruise for my dads birthday. Thank you to Fran xxx
Mel Broach
Mel Broach
2020-08-16T19:58:23+0000
We had a fantastic trip on the Gull. It was a great trip and the kids loved it. It’s a lovely boat and great fun to... take it out for a couple of hours pottering on the river. We would recommend it and will definitely be back for another trip.read more
Darren Dyson
Darren Dyson
2020-08-16T08:56:19+0000
Had a great time on the river on Gull. Great service, hilghly recommend. Thank you!
Bertie Marsh
Bertie Marsh
2020-08-05T17:29:44+0000
Lovely afternoon exploring upstream on the River Hamble. Easy booking, seamless collection of keys and peacefully... voyage past Manor Farm Country Park for a picnic in the sunshine. Many thanks Franread more
Karen Seagrief
Karen Seagrief
2020-08-04T18:55:43+0000
We have had a great day out on your lovely boat.Thank you!
Andy Sc
Andy Sc
2020-07-20T15:30:08+0000
This is a hidden gem, hired it for two hours on a glorious July day, a fantastic quiet boat and beautiful scenery. ... Very easy to operate. This is something I’d wanted to do for a long time and finally found this gem!I will be back again!read more
Daniela Carrad
Daniela Carrad
2020-06-26T18:53:15+0000
Perfect afternoon with the family on the river Hamble. Can’t recommend Hamble River Boat Charter enough. Professional... fast service from Fran that runs it all. We hope to be regulars! 😊read more
Liam Dobbin
Liam Dobbin
2019-10-28T17:02:58+0000
Great morning today onboard Gull. Very well maintained and quiet boat. Highly kitted our and very safe. From emailing... to getting the key the service was amazing. Looking forward to chartering again but when it’s much warmer, highly recommend.read more
Ruth Cole
Ruth Cole
2019-09-14T14:19:25+0000
It was such a lovely experience, so quiet and unspoilt. The electric motor really helped see more wild life. Thank you.
Phil Clark
Phil Clark
2019-07-23T16:03:38+0000
Lovely way to spend a few hours, bareboat pottering on the Hamble. Not stupidly expensive, and lovely and peaceful. ... Just make sure you don't go too heavy on the throttle as the battery will only last a few hours!read more
John Westgarth-Pratt
John Westgarth-Pratt
2019-07-15T07:56:41+0000
A fantastic way to explore the Hamble, and the history of Gull, and the wonderful restoration work just adds to it.
Llinos Ogwen Westgarth-Pratt
Llinos Ogwen Westgarth-Pratt
2019-07-13T20:16:31+0000
We had an absolutely lovely time on the boat! It was so peaceful and lovely! We had our dinner on the Hamble! We... couldn’t recommend it more!! So different and just brilliant.Thank youread more
Matthew Chambers
Matthew Chambers
2019-06-23T19:11:42+0000
We had a great time exploring the river on Gull for a few hours this weekend. The booking process was simple and good... instructions and all the kit you need are on the boat and made It easy to drive and get going quickly. Very happy with the whole experience and will certainly do it again.read more
Tom Gillespie
Tom Gillespie
2019-06-21T20:35:33+0000
What a day to be on the water! Had such an Amazing time cruising up and down the river. Definitely will be returning to... the Gull in the future!!read more
Moore Lisa
Moore Lisa
2019-06-16T18:41:08+0000
What a lovely day spent with family exploring the river. Could not have asked for a better way to spend Father’s Day... on a relaxing trip aboard the Gull. The service we received from the Hamble river boat charter was amazing.read more
William Smith
William Smith
2019-06-02T17:35:14+0000
A great trip out and a delight for anyone who would like to learn about wildlife photography or to capture some unique... shots. A great time is in-store with a brilliant guide and a group of like minded people who are friendly and passionate about nature.read more
Richard Webb
Richard Webb
2019-06-02T16:43:19+0000
Fabulous morning out under the expert guidance of David. The Gull is a fantastic boat beautifully maintained and the... electric motor makes a real difference in enabling you to get up close to the wildlife along the river which is invaluable for the group of photographers that I was part of. A brilliant day out and I highly recommend Hamble River Boat Charter.read more
Sam Hughes
Sam Hughes
2019-06-02T05:30:57+0000
A lovely way to relax and experience Hamble river! The boat is so simple to use and such fun, we had a great time... pottering along with the family and enjoying the sights. Excellent service, easy to book and go!read more
Matt Sherman
Matt Sherman
2019-05-27T17:31:02+0000
Just got back from 2hrs on the water with my wife, 2 year old and 3year old. Can say we throughly enjoyed ourselves and... would recommend highly. Thanks Fran 👍🏻 Matt sherman and family 😀😀😀read more
David Luetchford
David Luetchford
2019-05-18T11:44:06+0000
Excellent way to explore the upper reaches of the Hamble.
Paul Willis
Paul Willis
2019-04-20T11:25:27+0000
Fantastic way to spend a morning cruising up the river Hamble in an electric boat, so quiet. Went on a photo trip with... a few local photographers. Saw some wonderful local wildlife. Being that close to the water gives a whole new prospective to you Photography. Big thanks to David Luetchford for the invite and our wonderful friendly skipper Fran Gibson. Would throughly recommend for a different photo experience in beautiful surroundings.read more
Vanessa McCabe
Vanessa McCabe
2018-12-18T18:53:59+0000
Run by a great person with a beautifully restored boat that you can wile away a few hours on the Hamble
John Desty
John Desty
2018-07-19T15:38:10+0000
We have just spent an idyllic couple of hours pottering up to Botley aboard Gull the restored ex Hamble/Warsash ferry.... Now available to charter she has been converted to electric propulsion she is almost silent and vibration free. I have not been up the upper reaches of the river for 40 odd years and it doesn't seem to have changed it that time.read more
Charlotte Smith
Charlotte Smith
2017-07-23T16:50:09+0000
A fantastic trip on Gul today, first time for all of us, five adults and a dog and definitely won't be the last. We had... a lovely amble up the river. It started raining so we moored up and walked the dog along Brook lane Botley, then had a great picnic (in the rain�) would thoroughly recommend this we had a great adventure!!!!read more
Ian Johnston
Ian Johnston
2017-04-25T21:59:56+0000
We had a lovely family morning, cruising Hamble river. The boat was immaculate, quiet and easy to helm. The kids were... excited to see so many other boats up close! The boat was so easy to moor at the local public houses using their pontoons.read more
Mike Robinson
Mike Robinson
2017-04-17T13:00:09+0000
A wonderful, relaxing afternoon on the river, enjoyed by the whole family - ages 8 to 80! Everything was pristine and... easily operated. 'Gull' attracted admiring comments as we cruised past the yachts through Bursledon and Hamble. Felt like a miniature holiday in an afternoon!read more
James Gibson
James Gibson
2016-07-29T16:20:25+0000
This is excellent. We had an amazing evening, gentle 'glide' up the Hamble river, stopped off for a bite at Port Hamble... Marina, and a gentle glide back to the backdrop of the sun setting - just brilliant.read more
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