budget yacht charter from Chichester harbourExpand your horizons with our budget yacht charter

What better way to explore the Solent or the South Coast than with our budget yacht charter service, based in Chichester harbour AONB. We offer what we believe are very competitive Bareboat Charter rates onboard our 30′ Westerly Renown ketch Karic. The idea is to give you the confidence to expand your sailing ability and we would love you to charter Karic with some friends and show them what you’ve learnt.

We ask that you have at least three years experience in command of craft of a similar type and size or hold a minimum RYA Coastal Skipper practical qualification. Take your Coastal Skipper course with us and we’ll give you one free weekday on your first weekend charter booking!

We offer a full briefing at the start of each charter to make sure you are comfortable and confident before setting off. We are always a phone call away if you have any concerns or questions. We can arrange for you to have a commercial skipper onboard to help you get used to the boat, for anything upwards of a couple of hours through to a fully skippered trip.

In practice this could mean one of our skippers joining you for your first day out on Karic, helping you pilot and negotiate the often busy waters of Chichester harbour. You could then carry on to Portsmouth, with our skipper letting you get on with it, but being on hand to answer any questions or help with any practicalities, like sail trim or rules of the road. They would be on hand to help you pilot your way into Portsmouth harbour and then leave you at the end of the day. You would then be in charge for the rest of your trip. In future you would then be familiar enough with Karic to do a briefer handover for future charters.

“I really enjoyed the day. I learned loads of stuff from Jacquie – an excellent skipper and teacher” – skipper charter customer.

“One of the reasons we’d booked on Karic was the thought of only being two of us and therefore lots more chance to practice, and of course it would be like a superluxury if it was just us” – Karen, charterer

Our budget yacht charter rates for Karic are:

Weekend 1600 Friday to 1700 Sunday £600 (£500 October – April)

Week days 0900 Monday to 1200 Friday £600 (£500 October – April)

All week 0900 Monday to 1700 Sunday £1000 (£900 October – April)

1 day Friday to Sunday £250 (£200 October – April)

1 day Monday to Thursday £200 (£150 October – April)

plus skipper £150 per day or RYA instructor £175 per day

We also ask for a returnable deposit of £500 and we will need to see evidence of RYA Coastal Skipper qualification or equivalent. Payment must be cleared prior to the commencement of the charter. All charterers will need to sign and return our Skipper Charter Agreement and we will need a record of your passport, driving licence or ID card number.


Orientation from one of our skippers and a copy of Karic’s skippers’ notes; lifejackets & safety lines; Cooking equipment, plates, cutlery, glasses; Tea making facilities; call us at any time during your charter with any questions. Karic is safety coded with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency so carries all necessary safety gear such as flares, liferaft, danbuoy, etc. More details and photos here.

Not included

Fuel used during your charter, please refuel or pay for fuel usage at the end of your charter; visitor mooring fees during your charter; waterproofs – we have some available for hire; food; any form of racing while on charter.

The British Marine Federation has a useful page outlining what to look for in a boat charter.

Chichester Harbour Conservancy publish this handy Essential Guide for the new or less experienced mariner.

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Our Boats


Jalapeno is a Dutch built Standfast, a solid roomy boat that handles the sea well. We can take bookings for up to 10 people on Jalapeno and there is room for everyone to eat and plan together around the central saloon table. There is an unusually large amount of flat deck, a great spot for a picnic at anchor!

Our RYA courses and sailing trips from Chichester marina are run on Jalapeno.

Facilities include heads (toilet/washroom), galley with gas oven and heating.


Cascadeur is a French built Jeanneau. She has up to ten berths in four cabins, with room for everyone to sit and eat round the circular table in the main cabin, or use the cockpit table to eat or work together outside. We can take bookings for up to 10 people on Cascadeur.

Our RYA courses and sailing trips from Southampton are run on Cascadeur.

Facilities include two heads (toilet/washroom), gas cooker with oven, heating.


Karic is a British built Westerly Renown ketch - a ketch means there are two masts, so three sets of sails for people to learn how to use. She has berths for six people to sleep in three cabins, with room for everyone to sit and eat round the table in the main cabin. Designed for family cruising, Karic is a safe, sturdy boat. There is a centre cockpit with room for a crew of six to sit in comfort.

Facilities include a roomy heads (toilet/washroom) and meths 2 hob cooker