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Solent Yacht Charter

Nomad Sailing have two matched Jeanneau Sunfast 37 yachts available for charter - Nomad 1 and Menai III.  Both yachts are fully equipped, well maintained and clean. The yachts are located at Gosport Marina in Portsmouth Harbour easily accessible by car or public transport alike and giving quick access to the Solent once you get onboard. The Solent not only provides exciting sailing in busy waters but also some fantastic harbours, marinas and anchorages to explore whilst being nicely protected by the Isle of Wight. On leaving Portsmouth you could head east to the scenic harbour of Chichester with its many different channels to navigate and delightful anchorages. Alternatively you could head west towards Cowes, the home of yachting in the UK, up to Southampton or Hamble. If you want to go further afield then Beaulieau river, Lymington and Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight are within easy rach - all three are some of our favourite places to visit. During the busy season it is definitely worth booking your overnight berth in advance.

For more details about each boat and it's equipment, potential ports of call within the Solent or further afield, prices and availability please see the tabs below. If you have any further questions or would like to book, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Jeanneau Sunfast 37 - 'Nomad 1'

  • 3 double cabins
  • Further berths in the main saloon
  • Pillows provided
  • Extra fleecy blankets should you need them
  • Fully equipped galley
  • Range of cooking utensils pots and pans
  • Tea towels and dish cloths (you are not limited to 2 !!)
  • A range of teas, coffee, herbs, spices and sauces on board
  • Wet weather gear can be provided
  • Dehumidifier
  • Fan heater
  • A welcome pack consisting of biscuits, a bottle of wine and some beers
  • Fully battened 3 reefed main sail
  • Furling jib
  • Cruising chute (bow sprit)
  • Storm jib
  • 4 harken winches with winch handles
  • Windex
  • ST60 depth, log and speed
  • Liferaft
  • Grab bag
  • Throwing line
  • 2 x horseshoes buoys with light
  • Dan buoy
  • Offshore flare pack
  • Jackstays

  • Raymarine touch screen chartplotter with navionics
  • DSC radio
  • Handheld radio
  • Full set of most up to date Solent Charts
  • Shell Channel Pilot
  • library of reference books and materials
  • 2 hand bearing compasses
  • Barometer
  • Fog horn
  • Lead line
  • Bolt croppers
  • Boat hook
  • Tool kits
  • Automatic lifejackets with lights
  • Safety harnesses

 

The beauty of the Solent is the number of options you have to stay either in a marina, on a mooring buoy or at anchor. Here we give you some idea of what is available but there are plenty more to choose from as you will see on the charts and in the almanac.

Portsmouth Harbour

All tide entry using the main transit in and out.
The boats are based at Gosport Marina which is within the confines of Portsmouth Harbour. The Historic Naval Dockyard at Portsmouth boasts the new Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier (if she is in dock), the Victory, The Mary Rose and Warrior. The marina is not far from the harbour entrance so you can be in the Solent fairly swiftly. If you are new to the area please read the almanac, there are very specific rules for small boats exiting and entering the harbour. The boat has a draft of 2.1m but if your plan is to head west using the inner swashway is definitely worth looking at but does require tide, minimum depth 0.7 at datum it cuts off at least 1 mile if your plan is to head west.

Chichester Harbour

There is a bar on the channel in, check your tides and do not attempt entry or exit in a strong southerly.
One of the most picturesque harbours on the south coast, Chichester is to the east of Portsmouth. Heading towards Chichester you will have the opportunity to navigate through the submerged barrier that runs from Horse Sand Fort to the beach at South Sea. The entrance into Chichester is well marked but there is a bar so be certain you have sufficient water. If you are heading this way with tide you should be on a rising tide so all should be well. Avoid entry in a strong southerly. There are many different channels available with some visitors mooring buoys and some delightful anchorages. Chichester Marina itself is a long way up harbour and has a drying channel to the locked entrance.

Cowes

All tide entry when using the main Medina entrance, tide is required to use the small boat channel.
Heading west out of Portsmouth opens up a world of different rivers, harbours and marinas to visit. If you are intending on heading to Cowes Yacht Haven during the season it’s probably worth booking your berth in advance. There is also Shepherds Wharf Marina and East Cowes Marina or for the adventurous head further up the River Medina to the Folly Inn. Approaching from the east you will note a small boat channel which handily cuts off the corner round the break water but beware, the least depth is 0.2 at datum.

Hamble

All tide entry.
Choices of mooring in the Hamble are numerous with 5 marinas and a number of river pontoons. The entrance is well marked both day and night. If you wanted to visit the village then the closest marina is Port Hamble and whilst costly has good facilities and is only about 5/10 minutes from the centre of the village. If you do elect Port Hamble be focussed on your berthing as strong cross tides may be running. There is also a short municipal pontoon just before the RSYC which is good value - spot the pink ferry hut to find it.

Southampton

All tide entry.
Again a number of marina to choose from, I have to say my favourite is now Southampton Town Quay, but Ocean Village and Shamrock Quay are also both available. There is some great sailing to be had up Southampton Water and interesting navigation with all the cargo vessels and cruise ships heading up to the docks. Ensure you are aware of the precautionary area and the rules associated with this bit of water.

Bucklers Hard

There is a bar at the entrance before entering the river tide will be required, once in the river there is plenty of depth if you stick to the main channel.
Situated up the Beaulieu River Bucklers Hard is the only marina on this river, the journey up through the New Forest is stunning. There are opportunities to anchor or pick up mooring buoys on the way up. The village at Bucklers Hard is unspoilt and famous for building the ships of Nelson’s navy. There is a bar at the entrance so make sure you have enough depth to get in and out !! Once in the river the first section is fairly straight forward after turning the second corner however you need to start spotting the withies which are thin painted sticks. Keeping an eye out for these whilst admiring the rather large houses on the riverside is always fun.

Lymington

All tide entry but beware going outside the channel it gets very shallow very quickly.
A delightful little harbour that runs up to a town quay berth which is small allowing 4/5 boats alongside then rafting up to about 3 out. The navigation up the river is well marked be aware that large ferries run between Yarmouth and Lymington, when they are in the channel make sure you stick to the side. There are other pontoons and two marinas where you can berth but the town quay is right at the bottom of the village.

Yarmouth Harbour

All tide entry.
Yarmouth harbour is as far West as you can go and still find a marina on the Isle of Wight, it is a lovely little village dating back as a settlement to circa 991. The staff who run and manage this marina are exceptionally friendly and will always do their best to find us a berth even in the busy peak season when it can sometimes be difficult to get in. Beware the strong cross tide which will run before you enter the marina proper, there are transit marks (two diamonds) to help you keep a safe channel in, these can be difficult to see, one sits on the harbour wall close to where the ferry docks the other is back in amongst a tree. There are mooring buoys available outside the harbour and a harbour taxi which will come and transport you to the village. Your other option here is to moor against the harbour wall, make sure you get you springs fairly tight and you bow and stern lines nice and long to save hanging from the wall when the tide drops. Whatever you choose or are directed to do, make sure you're set up for mooring well in advance before you enter the harbour.

Newtown River

All tide entry.
A very popular and picturesque anchorage during clement weather, there is a great transit to take you safely into the creek. Beware depths once you are in there, the buoyage is not that great but stay in the main channels and you should be ok. There are some visitors mooring buoys which will cost you £10 for a lunch time stop or £16 overnight. The sea bed is mud and therefore great holding.

 

  High Season Low Season
  April - September October - March
7 day week £1,450 £1,100
Mid-week £895 £750
Weekend £895 £750
Day Sail £400 £300
Extra Day £300 £200
  • Length Overall (LOA) 11.40m
  • Beam 3.7m
  • Draft 2.07m
  • Berths 8
  • Cabins 3
  • Heads 1
  • Fuel capacity 136 litres
  • Water capacity 336 litres
  • Year of construction 2005
  • Engine Yanmar YM330 30 HP

Jeanneau Sunfast 37 - 'Menai III'

  • 3 double cabins
  • Further berths in the main saloon
  • Pillows provided
  • Extra fleecy blankets should you need them
  • Webasto heating
  • Fully equipped galley
  • Range of cooking utensils pots and pans
  • Tea towels and dish cloths (you are not limited to 2 !!)
  • A range of teas, coffee, herbs, spices and sauces on board
  • Wet weather gear can be provided
  • Dehumidifier
  • Fan heater
  • A welcome pack consisting of biscuits, a bottle of wine and some beers
  • Fully battened 3 reefed main sail
  • Sail bag
  • Hanked on headsail with large sail wardrobe
  • Sprayhood
  • Storm jib
  • 6 harken winches with winch handles
  • Windex
  • ST60 depth, log and speed
  • Autohelm
  • Liferaft
  • Grab bag
  • Throwing line
  • 2 x horseshoes buoys with light
  • Dan buoy
  • Offshore flare pack
  • Jackstays
  • Raymarine touch screen chartplotter with navionics
  • DSC radio
  • Handheld radio
  • Full set of most up to date Solent Charts
  • Shell Channel Pilot
  • library of reference books and materials
  • 2 hand bearing compasses
  • Barometer
  • Fog horn
  • Lead line
  • Bolt croppers
  • Boat hook
  • Tool kits
  • Automatic lifejackets with lights
  • Safety harnesses

 

The beauty of the Solent is the number of options you have to stay either in a marina, on a mooring buoy or at anchor. Here we give you some idea of what is available but there are plenty more to choose from as you will see on the charts and in the almanac.

Portsmouth Harbour

All tide entry using the main transit in and out.
The boats are based at Gosport Marina which is within the confines of Portsmouth Harbour. The Historic Naval Dockyard at Portsmouth boasts the new Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier (if she is in dock), the Victory, The Mary Rose and Warrior. The marina is not far from the harbour entrance so you can be in the Solent fairly swiftly. If you are new to the area please read the almanac, there are very specific rules for small boats exiting and entering the harbour. The boat has a draft of 2.1m but if your plan is to head west using the inner swashway is definitely worth looking at but does require tide, minimum depth 0.7 at datum it cuts off at least 1 mile if your plan is to head west.

Chichester Harbour

There is a bar on the channel in, check your tides and do not attempt entry or exit in a strong southerly.
One of the most picturesque harbours on the south coast, Chichester is to the east of Portsmouth. Heading towards Chichester you will have the opportunity to navigate through the submerged barrier that runs from Horse Sand Fort to the beach at South Sea. The entrance into Chichester is well marked but there is a bar so be certain you have sufficient water. If you are heading this way with tide you should be on a rising tide so all should be well. Avoid entry in a strong southerly. There are many different channels available with some visitors mooring buoys and some delightful anchorages. Chichester Marina itself is a long way up harbour and has a drying channel to the locked entrance.

Cowes

All tide entry when using the main Medina entrance, tide is required to use the small boat channel.
Heading west out of Portsmouth opens up a world of different rivers, harbours and marinas to visit. If you are intending on heading to Cowes Yacht Haven during the season it’s probably worth booking your berth in advance. There is also Shepherds Wharf Marina and East Cowes Marina or for the adventurous head further up the River Medina to the Folly Inn. Approaching from the east you will note a small boat channel which handily cuts off the corner round the break water but beware, the least depth is 0.2 at datum.

Hamble

All tide entry.
Choices of mooring in the Hamble are numerous with 5 marinas and a number of river pontoons. The entrance is well marked both day and night. If you wanted to visit the village then the closest marina is Port Hamble and whilst costly has good facilities and is only about 5/10 minutes from the centre of the village. If you do elect Port Hamble be focussed on your berthing as strong cross tides may be running.

Southampton

All tide entry.
Again a number of marina to choose from, I have to say my favourite is now Southampton Town Quay, but Ocean Village and Shamrock Quay are also both available. There is some great sailing to be had up Southampton Water and interesting navigation with all the cargo vessels and cruise ships heading up to the docks. Ensure you are aware of the precautionary area and the rules associated with this bit of water.

Bucklers Hard

There is a bar at the entrance before entering the river tide will be required, once in the river there is plenty of depth if you stick to the main channel.
Situated up the Beaulieu River Bucklers Hard is the only marina on this river, the journey up through the New Forest is stunning. There are opportunities to anchor or pick up mooring buoys on the way up. The village at Bucklers Hard is unspoilt and famous for building the ships of Nelson’s navy. There is a bar at the entrance so make sure you have enough depth to get in and out !! Once in the river the first section is fairly straight forward after turning the second corner however you need to start spotting the withies which are thin painted sticks. Keeping an eye out for these whilst admiring the rather large houses on the riverside is always fun.

Lymington

All tide entry but beware going outside the channel it gets very shallow very quickly.
A delightful little harbour that runs up to a town quay berth which is small allowing 4/5 boats alongside then rafting up to about 3 out. The navigation up the river is well marked be aware that large ferries run between Yarmouth and Lymington, when they are in the channel make sure you stick to the side. There are other pontoons and two marinas where you can berth but the town quay is right at the bottom of the village.

Yarmouth Harbour

All tide entry.
Yarmouth harbour is as far West as you can go and still find a marina on the Isle of Wight, it is a lovely little village dating back as a settlement to circa 991. The staff who run and manage this marina are exceptionally friendly and will always do their best to find us a berth even in the busy peak season when it can sometimes be difficult to get in. Beware the strong cross tide which will run before you enter the marina proper, there are transit marks (two diamonds) to help you keep a safe channel in, these can be difficult to see, one sits on the harbour wall close to where the ferry docks the other is back in amongst a tree. There are mooring buoys available outside the harbour and a harbour taxi which will come and transport you to the village. Your other option here is to moor against the harbour wall, make sure you get you springs fairly tight and you bow and stern lines nice and long to save hanging from the wall when the tide drops.  Get your mooring lines and fenders ready early, before you enter the harbour.

Newtown River

All tide entry.
A very popular and picturesque anchorage during clement weather, there is a great transit to take you safely into the creek. Beware depths once you are in there, the buoyage is not that great but stay in the main channels and you should be ok. There are some visitors mooring buoys which will cost you £10 for a lunch time stop or £16 overnight. The sea bed is mud and therefore great holding.

 

  High Season Low Season
  April - September October - March
7 Day week £1,450 £1,100
Mid-week £895 £750
Weekend £895 £750
Day Sail £400 £300
Extra Day £300 £200
  • Length Overall (LOA) 11.40m
  • Beam 3.7m
  • Draft 2.07m
  • Berths 8
  • Cabins 3
  • Heads 1
  • Fuel capacity 136 litres
  • Water capacity 336 litres
  • Year of construction 2005
  • Engine Volvo D1 30F
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