About Us

Welcome to Hamble River Boat Charter

Project Gull was conceived to allow people to explore the beauty of the River Hamble who did not own their own boat, obviously we needed a boat and electric power seemed a green and nicely quiet way to explore. So the old Hamble ferry has been reborn. From our base in Swanwick Marina we are positioned nicely in the centre of the easily explored River Hamble. Gull seats a maximum of 12 although 8 is probably more practical and is electric 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. Please note you are not to go past the Fairthorne Manor site on the Botley branch or up towards the Horse and Jockey Branch without our specific permission as the River has shallowed over the years and you will need guidance. If you do not comply with this restriction and cause any damage to Gull you will be liable for that cost. Charter Options

Local Tide Times


  • Together with my cousins and of course Millie we hired Gull the revamped Hamble Ferry from Hamble River Boat Charter. She is beautiful with a quiet electric engine to cruise the river. Took me back years riding in her, I remember well Ray driving her backwards and forwards across the River with bikes across her bow. With virtually no draft we got nearly up to Botley Mill and then had a stop off at the Horse and Jockey. Had a lovely picnic on the banks of the River which I love so much before returning to the berth. I would recommend hiring Gull I will be doing so many more times to play swallows and amazons.

    A perfect day on the River – Peggy Dorothy
    A perfect day on the River

Pricing Info

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


To charter Gull Bareboat, boating experience is required and we will require a £200 security deposit, which is refunded on return of the vessel undamaged.


£55/2 hours
  • Any 2 hours between 9am & 5pm
  • Boating experience required


£75/4 hours
  • Any 4 hours between 9am & 5pm
  • Boating experience required


£75/3 hours
  • A 3 hour slot available at
    the earliest of 4pm.
  • Boating experience
  • Boat MUST be back
    on berth at 9pm
  • *Summer Season ONLY


Not sure how to skipper Gull yourself then we have the solution, you can have a skipper come with you, they all know the river well, the best spots depending on the tide and you can have a free mini lesson on boat handling thrown in. Contact us for more details.


Please click here to read our full Terms and Conditions


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 the vast array of wildlife we have the privilege of being able to see from the water.

Be guided by our experienced skipper who will look after the boat and put you in the best spots. They will also supply hot tea and coffee for you.

We have a few 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 fill in the contact form with your chosen date.

This will be on a first come first serve basis with a maximum of 4 people per date. Start time to be confirmed prior to the charter date.


£35 per person*/3 hours
  • 3 hours from 7am
    Sunday 2nd June 2019 – FULL
    Saturday 13th July 2019
  • *Maximum of 4 photographers


£35 per person*/3 hours
  • 3 hours from 4pm
    Saturday 15th June
    Wednesday 10th July
    Saturday 27th July – Sunset Cruise
  • *Maximum of 4 photographers

The History of Gull



Contact Us

To book your charter please fill in the form below with your requirements and we will contact you shortly, alternatively give us a call.

Swanwick Marina
Swanwick, Southampton SO31 1ZL
Our Phone
01489 332007
Open Hours
Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM

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