Bareboat RIB Charter

What is Bareboat Charter?

Bareboat charter is where you self-drive the boat, without a skipper or instructor on board. It’s effectively your boat for the day, taking you to where you want to go, without all the costs and maintenance of boat ownership. Many of our RYA Powerboat Level 2 students take advantage of our discounted bareboat price, on completing their level 2 course, to explore the Solent and its surrounding areas further whilst consolidating their new skills independently. Others charter a bareboat to enjoy from the water, one of the many events that take place each year on or around the Solent such as Cowes Week, Round the Island and the Bournemouth Air Show (dates for these events are listed below). 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. All you need to have to bareboat one of our boats is a valid RYA powerboat level 2 certificate undertaken with us or at a previous venue.

Oceansports has a fleet of RIBS available for bare boat rib charter ranging from 6.8m – 7.8m boats. All our RIBS are MCA coded to carry at least eight people on board. The 6.8m Ribcrafts we have available for charter 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, this makes them ideal for commercial work boat duties.

The Boats

The 6.8m RIBs are Powered by brand new 2018 Suzuki fly by wire controlled,  200hp 4 stroke engines, which and are very economical, with the 7.8m RIBS being powered by Suzuki 250 4 stroke engines. All RIBS have the latest safety equipment including- Icom VHF DSC, Garmin Charter Plotter, Flares, Fire Extinguishers and Life jackets.


Bare boat charter prices are quoted from our base at Saxon Wharf Marina in Southampton. We can arrange for delivery and collection any where in the Solent, UK or Europe. Please phone or email for further information on individualised prices.

All prices are plus fuel and VAT from our base at Saxon Wharf Marina:

6.8 meter RIB charter:

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

7.8 meter RIB charter:

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

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

Bareboat special event diary dates:

Why not book a bareboat 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 – 7th July 2018
Cowes Classic Week – 22nd – 27th July 2018
Cowes Week 4th – 8th August 2018
Bournemouth Air Show 30th August – 2nd September 2018


Please feel free call us on 02381 242159 or contact us us to discuss your charter needs.

The boat will come fully fuelled and fuel consumed will be charged at the current MDL pump prices.

*Discounts applies to students who have undertaken powerboat training with Ocean Sports Tuition, discounts only applicable when students have paid full list price for training courses:

10% for RYA Powerboat Level 2 students

15%  for RYA Intermediate Powerboat students

20% for RYA Advanced course completion students

50% for RYA MCA – FULL Advanced prep and exam students.