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The History of Gull

“Gull” was originally built in 1958 by R A Hamper in Fareham Hampshire for use as the Hamble – Warsash Ferry. She was licenced to carry twelve passengers and worked through to 1985 when she was retired from service. She then had a succession of owners before falling into disrepair and was laid up in Hamble. She was brought in 2011 by two local brothers as a Saturday morning ‘project’ this turned into two years of Saturdays whilst they painstaking restored her to her former glory with a new transom, keel and stem and several new planks and frame repairs. They had re-engineered her with an old two cylinder Petter diesel and had two eventful years enjoying her. But the engine become unreliable so with after much frustration with it they put her up for sale. We brought her in 2015 as I had spent many passages up and down the Hamble admiring her fine lines as a tidy up and re engine project.

Whilst chatting through the plans with boys at R.K Marine Boatyard, the idea dawned that there was the possibility of transforming the boat to electric power, which would be a fine way to explore the peace and tranquility of the upper reaches of the Hamble. This gem of an idea moved on to could she actually go back to her original task of carrying the public for their enjoyment. Hence the new version of ‘Gull’was born.

She is now available for pleasure trips and private charter, from her base in Hamble River Boat Yard, when the tide is high we can go upstream towards Manor Farm Country Park and the Horse and Jockey pub, when the tide is low she explores downstream to the picturesque village of Hamble and Warsash. Life like in times gone by is organised by the ebb and flow of the tide.

Here we have produced a brief pictorial history of Gull over her life. If you or your family remember her and have photos of her past we would be delighted to hear from you.

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Gull in her prime.

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  Jon Mendez   Jul 28, 2016   Blog   9 Comments Read More
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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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