Hamble Yacht Services Marina is located at the heart of the sailing scene in the UK.
Hamble River has long been the favourite of yacht owners and crew as the perfect place to keep a boat. Just an hour-and-a-half from London, Hamble River feeds into Southampton Water and from there to the Solent and beyond.
For racing yacht owners, having a berth at Hamble Yacht Services means you are close to the busy club start lines for racing at Hamble, Cowes and the central Solent.
Hamble is also the ideal starting point for cruising yachts to discover the huge choice of destinations in the Solent’s sheltered waters, the scenic harbours of Chichester and Poole and, of course, as a jumping off point from which to cruise across the English Channel to France and the Channel Islands.
What is now Hamble Yacht Services started out as a leisure boatyard in the 1930s and the modern marina started to be developed in the 1960s. Hamble Yacht Services was formed in 1981 and is now an independently owned company with the current owners bringing new investment to the yard and marina over the past couple of years.
The yard sits on the edge of a nature reserve in a quiet part of the river opposite Warsash and is just a stone’s throw from Hamble’s traditional village centre and yacht clubs including the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble River Sailing Club and Royal Air Force Yacht Club.
Between them the clubs run dozens of events attracting hundreds of entries including national and international championships and the very popular Hamble Winter Series, as well as scores of dinghy events.
Hamble Yacht Services is not just a friendly and hospitable marina, it boasts a range of services in the yard, so that your yacht is fully taken care of whether you are just dropping by for a few days, or you decide to make it your boat’s permanent home.
The marina at Hamble Yacht Services is a state-of-the-art facility and continuously strives to introduce upgrades and add further benefits for berth holders.
The marina is a leading pioneer of eco-friendly disposal and recycling. The site uses 100 per cent renewable electricity and offers electric car charging points. There is a lovely café on site with an outside terrace seating area and an array of fresh food, real coffee and homemade cakes. You can also order on board food to take with you.
There is a permanent round-the-clock manned security operation, number plate recognition system and CCTV. Just last month a new hoist dock was completed which carries the site’s giant 80 ton hoist, capable of launching and recovering yachts up to 100ft long. There is also a 40 ton crane and forklift for the marina’s RIB storage stack.
As well as berthing, lifting and scrubbing you can store your boat ashore, and even hire space for a container to store extra gear.
It is one of the few marinas to offer an open yard policy to contractors on site, which means that if you are running a professional racing operation, preparing for a world cruise or just simply doing your boat up, you can have your own team working on the job.
HYS offers dry sailing contracts too for the regular weekend racer and currently host fleets including the growing Fast 40+ class.
The tenants at HYS deliver a range of services to support the care and maintenance of your yacht. There is a sailmakers loft, rigging shop, electrical servicing and yacht maintenance company on site to name just a few, with a large chandlery next door.
HYS has its very own Event Centre, a permanent all-weather marquee and catering unit, right on the edge of the water, so you can book a function for your company, friends or sailing rally.
Arrive by land or by sea and they can provide visitors’ berthing and RIB space too.
- Shower block
- Full service boatyard
- Dry stack for RIBs and motor launches
- Water and Electricity
- Free Wi-Fi
- Electric car charging points
- Lifting and boat storage
- Events Centre
There is a vast choice of activities both on and off the water along the river and within a few hours sailing or motoring. All types of craft can travel further upriver to Burseldon and the famous Jolly Sailor pub, or head out into the bustling Southampton Water to spot giant cruise liners and the world’s largest container ships.
Cowes is only a short hop across the Solent with all its historic clubs and restaurants, while for those looking for peace and quiet, the unspoilt Beaulieu River and natural surroundings of Newtown Creek make wonderful day out destinations for lunch ashore or on board.
There are several pubs and restaurants including the King and Queen, a favourite of yachtsmen, the Bugle, with views over the river, the Victory and the White Hart.
Restaurants include the River Rat and the Dolce Vita, and all are no more than seven or eight minutes’ walk from the marina at Hamble Yacht Services.
It is easy to get to the marina at Hamble Yacht Services by road. The M27 comes virtually to the top of the Hamble Lane (B3397), which is only three miles from the village centre, and where you will find Hamble Yacht Services situated at the far end of Port Hamble.
Turning up by boat for a few hours or an overnight stay is just as easy – simply contact them on VHF Ch80 or call 02380 201501.
Hamble Yacht Services is a friendly, lively yard, and there are lots of iconic, historic and state-of-the-art yachts, which are absorbing to look at up close. There is no better position in terms of getting by boat to everything that the Solent has to offer while being able to walk to pubs, clubs and restaurants too.