Offshore Powerboat Driving
Experience the unique thrill of a high-speed tour of the Solent in a genuine offshore powerboat. Hold on tight as a seasoned instructor takes the boat to the limit, completing a challenging offshore circuit. After a short cruise down Southampton water, the driver opens up the throttle to fly out into Solent waters. This unique gift experience includes a demonstration of wave jumping, high-speed cornering, racing lines and starts. Get two laps behind the wheel out on the circuit (at the instructor's discretion) and push those newfound powerboating skills to the limit. The boat operates within Southampton water and, weather permitting, out in the Solent on this truly unforgettable day out.
- Take advantage of this special offer price, from £100 to £50
- Get a taster in the Honda Formula 4-Stroke
- Have a go at driving the boat on the open water
- Safety briefing and all equipment included
- Availability Description
The experience is available on Fridays and weekends between April and October (dates may vary). Book at least four weeks in advance (please be aware that bookings are taken up to a maximum of three months ahead).
- Participant Guidelines
Minimum age is 12 but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult. Min height is 5'. Maximum weight is 17 stone. Maximum waist size: 55in/140cm (This is the maximum safe size of the lifejackets). This experience isn't suitable for anyone with a serious back, neck or heart complaint, or for pregnant women.
Powerboating is a weather-dependent activity. It's essential that you call the venue for a weather check between 5pm and 7pm on the day before your experience to check weather conditions.
An hour and a half including a safety briefing, one hour on the water, five minutes driving time and a debrief. Please arrive up to half an hour in advance of your booked time, the boat can't wait for latecomers.
- Numbers on the Day
There will be a maximum of 12 participants on the boat, 4 on the Honda’s and 3 on the Thunderbolt - plus instructor.
- Dress Code
Dress warmly and bring waterproofs and a change of clothes. Bear in mind that there is a high wind-chill factor aboard the boat. Wear non-slip shoes (e.g. trainers or deck shoes). An old pair of sunglasses/ski goggles will be useful if it is windy. Life jackets are provided – it is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes, soft shoes/trainers, and bring sunglasses, sun lotion and a warm sweater. You will be provided with weatherproof jackets (Not waterproof).
- Other Info
The venue includes 3 of free parking (£1 per hour after), changing rooms/toilets and an on-site restaurant/bar and café. The experience is operated by qualified commercial skippers and the vessels are coded for commercial use.