With a huge number of marinas, a large sailing community and the M3 providing a direct link from London, the solent it is also one of the busiest sailing areas in the world, especially on hot summer weekends and bank holidays! However, it is not just pleasure boats that use these waters. Southhampton's inlet is very deep. Due to it geographic makeup, Southampton also has a double high tide. This extends the time Southampton experiences high water, allowing some very large vessels to use the commercial docks here. The ports and marinas open to yachts within Southampton are Hythe Marina Village, Ocean Village Marina, Itchen Marina, Shamrock Quay Marina, Kemp's Marina and Town Quay Marina. Some of the other main ports along the Hampshire coastline are Lymington, Hamble, Gosport and Portsmouth.
The UK is known for unpredictable approaching weather systems. Compass Yacht Delivery skippers complete their final passage plans on only the latest comprehensive weather predictions ensuring your yacht is not taken out into conditions it is not prepared for. Hampshire has some of the most protected waters in the UK, the Isle of Wight creates the sea area known as the Solent. Protected from strong SW winds and swell from the Atlantic, the Solent is very popular with pleasure yachts and can become very busy over summer weekends and especially bank holidays.
Southampton has a rich history of yacht events and achievements. Today Southampton hosts the UK's largest and most popular boat show on it shores. With land based exhibitors showing off all their latest yacht, RIB and dinghy models, to chandlery equipment and clothing. The Southampton Boat Show has it all. There is also a substantial area of moorings so you can climb aboard new yachts on the water and be taken out for test sails on smaller vessels. Overall it is a great day out for anybody interested in yachts.
If you are already a freelance yacht delivery skipper, we do ask you to complete a qualifying sail with a senior skipper of Compass Yacht Delivery. This ensures that you have seen the level of service we expect from our skippers, and get you accustomed to our proceedures preceeding, during and after each yacht delivery.
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