What is Bareboat RIB Charter?

Bareboat RIB charter allows you to self-drive the boat, without a skipper or instructor on board. It’s effectively your boat for the day, without the costs and maintenance of boat ownership. Many of our RYA Powerboat Level 2 students take advantage of our discounted bareboat RIB charter price on completing their Level 2 course. This gives the opportunity to explore the Solent and its surrounding areas, whilst consolidating new skills independently. Others use Bareboat RIB Charter to enjoy one of the many events that take place each year on or around the Solent.

We also have a number of professional companies that charter our boats for a range of duties, including maritime survey work and recent support of the sailboat Artemis. Please note that you will require a valid RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate in order to book a Bareboat RIB Charter.

The Boats

Ocean Sports Tuition has a fleet available for Bareboat RIB Charter ranging from 6.0m – 7.8m boats. All our RIBs are MCA coded to carry at least six people on board. They are ideally suited for family days out, charter, survey and photography work.

All boats have the ability to be lifted directly on or off ships due to lifting eyes fitted in the deck. As a result, they are ideal for commercial work boat duties.

The 6.8m RIBs are powered by brand new 2018 Suzuki fly by wire controlled,  200hp 4 stroke engines, which are very powerful and economical, whilst the 7.8m RIBs are powered by Mercury 250hp 4 stroke engines. All RIBs have the latest safety equipment including: Simrad VHF DSC radio, Simrad Charter Plotter, Flares, Fire Extinguishers and Life jackets ensuring the utmost comfort and safety for you and your party.

How Much Does it Cost?

Bareboat Charter prices are quoted from our base at Saxon Wharf Marina Southampton and are exclusive of VAT and fuel. We can arrange for delivery and collection anywhere in the Solent and the UK, as well as throughout Europe. Please phone or email for further information on bespoke packages. The boat will come fully fuelled, therefore we charge at the current MDL pump prices for any fuel consumed.

6.0 meter RIB Charter: coded for 4

  • Half Day = £263, Full Day = £315, 10 Day Pass = £2630

6.8 meter RIB charter: coded for 8

  • Half Day = £325, Full Day = £385, 10 Day Pass = £3250

7.8 meter RIB charter: coded for 12

  • Half Day = £399, Full Day = £450, 10 Day Pass = £3999

Multi day passes are valid for 3 years from date of purchase.  Days can be taken individually or in block bookings. 

5% reduction on Bareboat charter for all Ocean Sports Tuition students!*

*Discounts apply to students who have undertaken powerboat training with Ocean Sports Tuition, and are only applicable when students have paid full list price for training courses, with no additional FREE offers.

Bareboat Special Event Diary Dates

You can also book a Bareboat RIB Charter to get closer to the action and enjoy the view from the water for one of the many events held around the Solent each year.

2023 diary dates are:

  • Cowes Classic Week – 8th July - 14th July 2024
  • Fastnet Race start 22nd July 2023
  • Cowes Week 29th July - 4th August 2023
  • Cowes Torquay Powerboat Race - 26th  August 2023
  • Bournemouth Air Festival 31st August - 3rd  September 2023

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How many people can fit on your RIBs?

When booking our bareboat RIB hire on the Solent, you can choose from a variety of vessels. Our RIB fleet includes a 6m RIB coded for 4 people, a 6.8m RIB coded for 8 people, and a 7.8m RIB coded for 12 people.

How long does your bareboat RIB hire Solent charter last?

At Ocean Sports, we provide a variety of options for our RIB charter. Whether you are looking for a full day out on the water, a half day or a 10 day pass, we offer a charter solution to suit your needs.

Do I need any qualifications?

If you are considering our bareboat RIB hire on the Solent, you will be chartering your own vessel and must be a competent skipper. To ensure the safety of our customers, we ask that you provide evidence of a valid RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate in order to book our Bareboat RIB Charter.

Where are you located?

Ocean Sports is based in Southampton, a stone's throw from the Solent. For our bareboat RIB charters, many customers choose to take their RIBs across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, Lymington, Beaulieu, Hamble or other nearby marinas offering stunning views of the coast.

Booking Details

Please contact us through our Contact Form to discuss availability, or call us on 02381 242159 or contact us to discuss your needs.