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 26 reviews
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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.
Ian Smith
Ian Smith
2019-04-22T15:18:22+0000
Just back from an excellent couple of hours on the river. Plenty of room & easy to manage. Lovely little boat, an ideal way to take in the scenery. Highly recommended, we will definitely be hiring again. Thank you 😊read more
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
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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.

2 HOURS CHARTER

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

4 HOURS CHARTER

£75/4 hours
  • Any 4 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, 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.

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

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

WILDLIFE SAFARI
SKIPPERED EVENING CHARTER

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

The History of Gull

 

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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
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Our Phone
01489 332007
Open Hours
Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM




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  • Hamble River Boat Charter
    5.0
    Based on 26 reviews
    powered by Facebook
    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.
    Ian Smith
    Ian Smith
    2019-04-22T15:18:22+0000
    Just back from an excellent couple of hours on the river. Plenty of room & easy to manage. Lovely little boat, an... ideal way to take in the scenery. Highly recommended, we will definitely be hiring again. Thank you 😊read more
    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
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