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 term ‘rib boat’ refers to a rigid inflatable boat. Inflatable rib boats are high performance, lightweight boats, constructed of a rigid hull, designed to be surrounded by large inflatable air tubes. The tubes are constructed from separate chambers, so if the tube is punctured, only a small part will deflate, making rib, rigid inflatable boats virtually unsinkable. Rib boats are powered by 1 or more outboard engines.

Ribcraft have many uses, including lifeboats, safety boats and crew transfer vessels, but they are also very popular with thrill seeking pleasure boaters wishing to get the adrenaline pumping, due to the high speeds that can be achieved in even small rib boats.

Our Ribcraft

Ocean Sports Charter 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.


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 - Cirrus: coded for 4

  • Full Day  £325, 3 Day Pass £310, 5 Day Pass £300 10 Day Pass £285

6.8 meter Rib charter - Still No Worries: coded for 8

  • Full Day £410, 3 Day Pass £385, 5 Day Pass £385, 10 Day Pass £350

7.8 meter Rib charter - Dark N Stormy: coded for 12

  • Full Day £495, 3 Day Pass £470, 5 Day Pass £450,  10 Day Pass £425

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.


Unit 6
Saxon Wharf Marina
SO14 5QF


Weekend: Saturday 0900 – Sunday 1600

Weekend day: 0900 – 1700

Bank Holiday weekend: Saturday 0900 – Monday 1600

Mid week: Monday 0900 – Friday 1600

Mid week day: Monday – Friday 0900 – 1700


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.

2024 diary dates are:

  • Cowes Classic Week – 27th July - 2nd August 2024

Our Ribs Available For Charter in Southampton

Cirrus - 4 People


6 Metres

Coded for 4 people

Still No Worries - 8 People

Still No Worries

6.8 Metres

Coded for 8 people

Dark N Stormy - 12 People

Dark N Stormy

7.8 Metres

Coded for 12 people

Book Your Bareboat Rib Charter

Please request your charter by clicking the link below and filling out the form or feel free to call us on 02381 242159 or contact us to discuss your powerboat and RIB needs.