Charter Zen Dog


Zen Dog is available for a variety of charter trips in and around the Solent at excellent prices.

Every charter day will be customised to suit your own needs and your chosen balance between time spent cruising and time spent relaxing. You only pay for engine run time (ERT) that you need

When you book, we’ll get in touch and help you plan your charter.

Zen Dog’s charters are normally for up to 8 guests, (reduced to 6 during the Covid 19 pandemic) plus Mike, Zen Dog’s owner, who is an experienced and qualified commercial skipper with a great local knowledge and sometimes an extra crew member to do the ropes and the drinks).

We don’t mix parties up – you get exclusive use of the whole boat for you and your friends and/or family.

We had an absolutely amazing time on Zen Dog. Would highly recommend for both the accommodation and the charter experience.

Joanna, Google Review, 2019

Generally, our charters include:

  • RYA Qualified Professional Skipper (normally Mike the owner) with an excellent knowledge of the Solent area to keep you entertained and safe.
  • The option of Crew/Host – to “do the ropes” and serve the drinks – not necessary for most trips
  • Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks – bring your own alcoholic drinks (reasonable quantities only, please)
  • Life Jackets for all Guests
  • A lunch break at anchor or ashore
  • Sunbathing / Relaxing time / Stand Up Paddle Board time / Swim (if brave!)

Simple and Affordable Charter Prices with a free overnight stay onboard.

For 2020, we’re just offering a standard 6 hour charter for up to 8 guests with the option of a free overnight stay on Zen Dog in Lymington Yacht Haven afterwards for up to 4 of the guests.

The total cost of this is £590 including VAT (or £540 if you really don’t want the overnight stay afterwards) and includes up to 2 hours of engine run time (ERT). That’s plenty to go somewhere nice for lunch (including The Hut at Colwell Bay, our favourite) then a couple of hours anchored somewhere beautiful for a swim or a go on our Stand Up Paddleboard.

Additional hours of engine run time are charged at £125 inc VAT but are rarely needed.

If you have already booked a stay of 2 or more nights on Zen Dog we’ll normally be happy to reduce the cost of the charter trip (without additional overnight accommodation) to £450 inc VAT for up to 8 guests because we’ve got the revenue from your overnight stay. We can’t normally do charters on your departure day because this would interfere with the next overnight guests.

Please call Mike on 07918 175713 to discuss.

Sample Itinaries

Here’s a map of the Solent area with our destinations numbered. Sadly, Zen Dog isn’t licenced to operate outside the area shown in grey when there are paying guests on board.

  • Option 1 – The Hut Our most popular trip – we cruise to The Hut(2), the very popular Caribbean/Ibiza like beach bar/restaurant in Colwell Bay, Isle of Wight with a couple of hours at anchor before or after your meal for swimming , sun bathing or paddle boarding – this is normally at Hurst Castle/Keyhaven(3) or Totland Bay (2) . Half an hour before your resveration, we anchor in front of The Hut and guests transfer to The Hut’s small RIB and get taken ashore for what most guests agree is a fantastic and memorable dining experience. The Hut is incredibly popular but Mike can often help get a table – ring him to discuss. Generally, they do sittings at 12noon , 245pm and 630pm. We do all of this within 2 hours of ERT
  • Option 2 – Yarmouth As above but visiting Yarmouth Harbour(1) for lunch or supper in one of its many great restaurants including the recently refurbished George Hotel & Beach Club (again, this must be booked well in advance). That’s also just 2 hours of ERT.
  • Option 3 – Newtown Creek Picnic – a blast to the beautiful Newtown Creek(5) then 4 hours anchored there to allow time for a picnic lunch, Paddle Boarding and Seal Watching – again, that’s 2 hours of ERT.
  • Option 4 – Cowes(6) or Bucklers Hard (8) for lunch then anchor for a swim in Newtown Creek – that’s 3 hours of ERT

You can cancel all charter trips up to the night before for a full refund. Generally, we only operate if the weather is calm and dry – nobody wants a soggy, bumpy boat trip but we’ll discuss with you before cancelling! We’re always happy to discuss and quote for other trip ideas, too.

Live Availability Calendar

This shows our Overnight Stay & Charter Bookings. We can only book charters for days aren’t booked for overnight stays.

So, in the example below, Zen Dog is booked for overnight guests on Thu 2nd. They leave on the morning of Fri 3rd so we could run a charter and optional overnight stay that day OR the next day (Sat 4th). We couldn’t do a charter on Sun 5th as we have guests arriving from 3pm.

Calendar Example

Please call Mike on 07918 175713 to discuss your requirements.