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“Traing & Rib Hire”

Written on: 22/03/2014 by KyanSmith (1 review written)

I have had the great pleasure of 3 training courses with the team last year and found it to be the best service of any training course in the industry by a huge margin. everything from the exptional quality of the boats to the fabulous solent loaction was expetional. I will certainly be continuing with Solent charters to cater for my enjoment of boating. Rib Hire - A fantastic fleet of Ribs to choose from and multiple locations (Southampton and Lymington) Gin Palaces - Not being an expert… Read Full Review

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“The Best Hen Day Out Ever!”

Written on: 16/12/2013 by Sarah1326 (1 review written)

Solent Boat Charters, gave Janie Means & her hen party the best day out ever! We were having great difficulty getting something booked & they could not have been more helpful or accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble & we were impressed at how immaculate the boat was when we boarded it. Our Skipper& his assistant crew were lovely & made sure we all felt safe, but able to have fun. The buffet we had ordered was fantastic & plentiful, great for soaking up the drinks! All in all we had a… Read Full Review

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“Just the best!”

Written on: 16/10/2013

I attended the PB2 course on 4-5th October. My expectations were to go from never really driving a boat to being confident in safely going out with and being able to handle a friend's boat. I believed that speed was not going to feature in this course and it isn't, it's not a couple of days blasting about. This course is about slow control, safe speed control, mooring, anchoring, man overboard rescuing, everything I was thinking and hoping it would be... However, it wasn't just a classroom… Read Full Review

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“A great team, very flexible and helpful”

Written on: 15/10/2013

Over the summer, my wife and i took a PBT2 course via Solent Charters and then went onto hire a rib for a few more days over the summer. The course itself was fun, with as much on the water time as you could ask for. The instructor was kind, considerate and a jolly nice felllow as well. It was easy to learn with a teacher like that. After that, the Solent team were very flexible and helpful, adapting to our plans where required and making sure that we knew what to do when and how to get the… Read Full Review

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“Great experience!”

Written on: 09/10/2013

I did the Powerboat Level 2 course and I had a really enjoyable time. Everything was clearly explained and demonstrated, the instructor was thorough and patient all while keeping it fun. I learnt a lot and would definitely recommend it, either for fun or to help with your career… Read Full Review

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“Perfect Day perfected by experts”

Written on: 17/09/2013 by Debbie6161 (1 review written)

1st trip was with Matthew and Peter. It was a birthday present for my Partner Steve..we took 10 guests. Matthew made it very easy..route was up to me but he was very helpful with suggestions. From the moment we met Matthew & Peter we were made to feel like this was our boat and nothing was too much trouble. Having thought I would be kept busy looking after our guests..I was told by Peter to enjoy the day and HE would take care of everything..and that he did..he was an expert at looking after… Read Full Review

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“Lovely little Jaynie”

Written on: 02/09/2013 by cartercm (1 review written)

We were very comfortable on Jaynie, and to our surprise loved the responsiveness of a tiller. The boat was spotless when we took it, with a fridge which did break down after 4 days but that was possibly a fuse. It would have been helpful to have it pointed out that there is no oven although this could have been spotted from the specification list. The hob needed explaining as it is paraffin. Also there were only two small pans so luckily I was able to buy a metal casserole dish from the… Read Full Review

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“Perfect 40th Birthday Celebration”

Written on: 29/08/2013

I hired Moonlight for a 40th birthday celebration in July 2013. The whole day was fantastic - beautiful boat, great skipper, who basically left it completely up to us to decide where we went and what we did, and the glorious weather was obviously a huge bonus. Started the day with pastries and prosecco (perfect!) followed by a cruise along the Beaulieu River. Had a lovely lunch at The Folly Inn, followed by a swim at Osborne Bay. The day was perfectly rounded off by cruising alongside the Queen… Read Full Review

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“Cowes day out”

Written on: 29/08/2013

A brilliant well managed day, the team provided a great environment in which to relax and take in the splendour of Cowes,the boat was excellent as was were the cold beers and champagne! we will book again … Read Full Review

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“Fantastic Day Out !”

Written on: 28/08/2013 by NaomiH (1 review written)

I booked Solent Charters for a corporate event during Cowes Week this year for the first time. We have attended Cowes every year for the last 10, but have only used Solent Charters this year. I have to say from start to finish the whole day was thoroughly professional without being too stuffy. - The boats were beautiful and very well looked after - The crew on board both boats were amazing - really attentive (we didn't lift a finger) Best of all everything was done for us, nothing to… Read Full Review

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“Exceptional value for money.”

Written on: 28/08/2013 by Rob5145 (1 review written)

I've been putting off trying a Jetski for years because it's always been too expensive. Some places were charging £50 for 15 minutes. This course was exceptional value for money - I was out on the Jetski for what felt like ages. The instructor was very friendly and approacable. He quickly got you out on the water operating the Jetski safely and then teaching you more progressive skills. The pace of the course was well managed to meet your ability. I have already recommended the course to… Read Full Review

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“Jet Ski safari and RIB blast”

Written on: 27/08/2013 by asgravatt (1 review written)

We booked a jet ski safari and RIB blast for my Son's 16th birthday with 4 friends. They had a great time and loved the jet ski time and did not want it to end. Note - all riders must be over 16 although under 16's can do the RIB blast. they then raced around the Solent for a while at great speed and had a whale of a time before dropping into Cowes for a quick run ashore. the boys had a great time. From the parents point of view so arrived 30 minutes late unfortunately but could not speak to… Read Full Review

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“A family affair”

Written on: 27/08/2013 by Melbreak1 (1 review written)

Not quite a stag party but certainly a great way to spend time with close family before the big day - at sea with 20 knots of wind! The boat was perfect and the Captain very knowledgeable - if not an old Sea Salt! The tides and traffic make the Solent challenging waters if you are not so experienced and having the Captain proved to be the right choice. Nevertheless, all my crew had a chance to feel the joys of sail and the power of nature. The boat moored in Southhampton was convenient and… Read Full Review

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“RIB Charter Day”

Written on: 27/08/2013

This was booked for my Father's 60th Birthday. Thoroughly enjoyed by all, I was impressed with the skippers expertise on the water. There was a lot of miles covered and we decided it was good value for money. I think the only thing that maybe could enhance the day more would be the skipper giving us more narration on what we saw on the water, for example, history, general knowledge of the area, wildlife, geology etc… Read Full Review

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“Bareboat Charter of Yacht Gemini”

Written on: 26/08/2013

Although Gemini is the only one in the Solent Boat Charters 'fleet' it is well equipped, clean and sailed well. There arn't many facilities at the home marina, but most people like us will want to sail straight out so that is not a problem. There's no fuel at Ocean Village that we found so a fill up is required elsewhere on return… Read Full Review

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“Jet ski heaven”

Written on: 26/08/2013 by Jerry2013 (1 review written)

What a great morning,had 2 1/2 hours in Southampton water doing all the things you want to do on a jet ski. Found it easily, could have been better signed posted, I worried I'd got the wrong place. Instructor turned up a few minuted late with our wetsuits and we got straight on with it. We did some training with in the marina, lots of big expensive boats close by. Then of we went. Once out of the marina,full speed ahead. I will definitly be going back this time for a full day… Read Full Review

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“Great boat, fun day out!”

Written on: 26/08/2013

Mathew was great, understood my needs and organised the boat accordingly. My daughter was in a dinghy regatta on the Solent and I wanted to take a boat and coach to support her on the water. Mathew dealt with me efficiently as I always do everything last minute. Many thanks… Read Full Review

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“Really good”

Written on: 26/08/2013 by Adrian9999999 (1 review written)

Boat was great, handover was easy and everything worked! Would definitely book again… Read Full Review

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“Great experience.. disappointing organisation”

Written on: 26/08/2013

I booked the jetski experience event as a present for my boyfriends 21st birthday, and the actual experience was really great- plenty of time on the water and we were let loose to go as fast or as slow as we liked. However, the booking process wasn't very good. I called the number on the Solent Charters website (a landline) three times during the period of my booking, and every time I was told rather rudely that they couldn't talk because they were 'just pouring champagne on the boat for some… Read Full Review

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Written on: 26/08/2013

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“Excellent boat and friendly service”

Written on: 26/08/2013 by Tom198276 (1 review written)

Solent boat charters made everything easy-from arranging the hire to the pick up and drop off. The boat was excellent and in great condition! Would highly recommend… Read Full Review

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