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

Click here for local tide times.

Read what our clients say…

Hamble River Boat Charter
5.0
Based on 35 reviews
powered by Facebook
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!
Danielle Rutherford
Danielle Rutherford
2020-07-22T20:37:50+0000
We had a lovely afternoon on the Gull! From booking to the moment we got off everything was spot on. So peaceful and a lovely experience which I would absolutely recommend for anyone. Thank you so much Fran! 💯read more
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
Steve Cross
Steve Cross
2019-07-07T07:42:45+0000
We had great fun with Fran on our skippered tour of the Hamble, getting to see all the sights we wanted to cover, and quite a few more surprises too. A relaxing way to spend an afternoon with friends. Highly recommended with great service provided. We will be back.read 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
Paul Stovold
Paul Stovold
2019-05-20T09:14:20+0000
Had a great morning trip up the Hamble. David made the most of the wildlife sightings manoeuvring the almost silent electric boat as close as humanly possible to each subject. My only disappointment is not being able to go on any of the planned trips due to other calendar commitments. Can’t wait until our diaries coincide again!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
Fran Gibson
Fran Gibson
2016-07-29T18:00:06+0000
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
Next Reviews

Testimonials

  • 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.

BAREBOAT CHARTER

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.

DAY CHARTER

£65/3 hours
  • Any 3 hours between 9am & 5pm
  • Boating experience required

EVENING CHARTER*

£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

SKIPPERED CHARTER

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 and the best spots depending on the tide.

DAY SKIPPERED CHARTER

£175/3 hours
  • Any 3 hours between 9am & 5pm
  • Maximum of  6x people

EVENING SKIPPERED CHARTER*

£185/3 hours
  • A 3 hour slot available at
    the earliest of 4pm.
  • Maximum of  6x people
  • *Summer Season ONLY

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Please click here to read our full Terms and Conditions

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 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.

WILDLIFE SAFARI
SKIPPERED MORNING CHARTER

£38 per person*/3 hours
  • 3 hours from 7am
  • AVAILABLE DATES
    Dates for 2021 Coming Soon!
  • *Maximum of 4 photographers

WILDLIFE SAFARI
SKIPPERED EVENING CHARTER

£38 per person*/3 hours
  • 3 hours from 4pm
  • AVAILABLE DATES
    Dates for 2021 Coming Soon!
  • *Maximum of 4 photographers

The History of Gull

 

READ MORE…

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.

Address
Swanwick Marina
Swanwick, Southampton SO31 1ZL
Email
Please use the form.
Our Phone
01489 332007
Open Hours
Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM






    Your Name (required)

    Your Email (required)

    Your Telephone (required)

    Your Address

    Your Enquiry

    Your Boating Experience

    • Hamble River Boat Charter
      5.0
      Based on 35 reviews
      powered by Facebook
      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!
      Danielle Rutherford
      Danielle Rutherford
      2020-07-22T20:37:50+0000
      We had a lovely afternoon on the Gull! From booking to the moment we got off everything was spot on. So peaceful and a... lovely experience which I would absolutely recommend for anyone. Thank you so much Fran! 💯read more
      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
      Steve Cross
      Steve Cross
      2019-07-07T07:42:45+0000
      We had great fun with Fran on our skippered tour of the Hamble, getting to see all the sights we wanted to cover, and... quite a few more surprises too. A relaxing way to spend an afternoon with friends. Highly recommended with great service provided. We will be back.read 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
      Paul Stovold
      Paul Stovold
      2019-05-20T09:14:20+0000
      Had a great morning trip up the Hamble. David made the most of the wildlife sightings manoeuvring the almost silent... electric boat as close as humanly possible to each subject. My only disappointment is not being able to go on any of the planned trips due to other calendar commitments. Can’t wait until our diaries coincide again!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
      Fran Gibson
      Fran Gibson
      2016-07-29T18:00:06+0000
      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
      Next Reviews