Bareboat RIB Charter

What is Bareboat RIB Charter?

Bareboat RIB 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 RIB charter 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 RIB Charter 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.

The Boats

Ocean Sports Tuition has a fleet of RIBS available for bareboat rib charter ranging from 6.8m – 7.8m boats. All our RIBS are MCA coded to carry at least eight people on board. 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 6.8m RIBs are powered by brand new 2018 Suzuki fly by wire controlled,  200hp 4 stroke engines, which are very powerful and very economical, with the 7.8m RIBS being 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.


Bare boat 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 any where in the Solent, UK or Europe. Please phone or email for further information on bespoke packages. The boat will come fully fuelled and fuel consumed will be charged at the current MDL pump prices.

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


*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, with no additional FREE offers. :

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.