Other Boats

I offer 6-hour charter trips for £595 or £650 with an overnight stay afterwards.

Sadly if you are reading this from a link I’ve sent you, it probably means that Zen Dog is booked for your chosen dates

Are there any other dates that you can do?

I offer overnight stays from Monday to Saturday nights. There’s a 2 night minimum stay requirement from Easter to October half term. You can book an optional charter trip.

I can offer charter trips by themselves Sunday to Thursday.

Have a look at Zen Dog’s Live Availability

If you can’t look at other dates, here are some alternative boat and transport ideas. In all cases, please do tell them ‘Zen Dog Mike’ recommended them.

Staying on a Boat

Friends of mine have a bigger motor yacht in Lymington Yacht Haven called Sea E O – it is available for charter too. I’m their regular skipper.

For other boats as well as more conventional places to stay, try airbnb and booking.com.

If you want a longer stay, New Forest Escapes have fantastic houses in and around Lymington

Getting to The Hut

You just need to get to Yarmouth – the Hut offer a complimentary transfer to and from in their vintage military Land Rover.

Getting to Yarmouth

If you can’t or don’t want to charter a boat, you can catch the Wightlink ferry from Lymington Pier. That’s a long walk from Lymington so the local’s trick is to catch the train from Lymington Town to Lymington Pier station.

Better still, book seats on the wonderful Coral Star, a wooden vintage trip boat that operates a few times per day between Lymington Town Quay and Yarmouth. Tim the owner and skipper is a lovely guy and there’s even a small bar on board. You need to call him to book.

Charter a Motor Yacht

Zen Dog, at 40ft long and worth about £150k, is at the smaller end of the charter boat scale in terms of size, price and therefore charter costs. Most other charter motor yachts are bigger and more glamorous. They often operate with a crew member to serve the drinks and “do the ropes”, offering a much more up-market experience. The snag is that you’ll pay a lot more – often at least double my rates

There are several Motor Yachts for charter in and around the Solent. The Professional Charter Association website is a good place to look – all the best operators are members.

Friends of mine have a beautiful motor yacht in Lymington Yacht Haven called Sea E O

Another friend runs a wonderful charter boat called Ramoseas from Southampton and will happily pick up in Lymington.

Charter a RIB boat

RIBs can be wet, bumpy and bouncy but can be great fun for a fast transfer or a sightseeing blast.

I do skipper work for two excellent local RIB operators.

All Decked Out RIB Charter. Owner Jenni has just the one beautifully turned out RIB. Give her a ring!

Solent RIB Charter have a large fleet of RIBs. They offer all sorts of trips for all sizes of group. One of my first skipper jobs for them was for a party of 60+ on 7 RIBs