Bareboat RIB Charter

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 6.4m – 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 Suzuki 250hp 4 stroke engines. All RIBs have the latest safety equipment including: ICOM VHF DSC radio, Garmin 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.

6.4 meter RIB Charter: coded for 6

  • Half Day=£275
  • Full Day = £295
  • 10 Day Pass=2700

6.8 meter RIB charter: coded for 8

  • Half Day= £295
  • Full Day= £325
  • 10 Day Pass= £2900

7.8 meter RIB charter: coded for 12

  • Half Day= £360
  • Full Day= £390
  • 10 Day Pass= £3600

Up to 50% reduction on Bareboat charter for all Ocean Sports Tuition students!*

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. 2018 diary dates are:

  • Round the Island Race – 29th June 2019
  • Cowes Classic Week – 13th – 20th July 2019
  • Cowes Week 27th July – 2nd August 2019
  • Bournemouth Air Show  29th August – 1st September 2019


Please request your charter by booking online (we will call back to confirm your booking) or feel free call us on 02381 242159 or contact us to discuss your needs.


*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.

Discounts available are as follows:

  • 10%  for RYA Intermediate Powerboat students
  • 15% for RYA Advanced course completion students
  • 25% for RYA MCA – FULL Advanced prep and exam students