Try-a-Boat in partnership with FlexiSail

Glide across the waters under sail or hurtle out across the Solent in a high-speed RIB. It’s free and offers something for everyone!

Try-a-Boat is one of the show’s top attractions and gives you the chance to get out on the water and try your hand at sailing a yacht, take the throttle of a motorboat or feel the power of RIB blasting around Southampton water.

In partnership with ‘Flexisail’, the boating membership club, Try-a-boat is included in the price of your show ticket, so you can try one, or all, of these fantastic activities.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or seasoned pro, thinking about buying your first boat or simply looking for an adventure, Flexisail’s team of qualified instructors are on hand throughout to provide all the help you need, it’s a great way to get out on the water and try something new.

‘Wetwheels’, who provide all disabled people, including those with profound and complex disabilities, access to the sea in a safe, stimulating and rewarding way and ‘Active Nation’, the charity on a mission to persuade the nation to be active are also part of the Try-a-Boat line up providing fully accessible craft, so that everyone has the chance to take to the water.


Take a look at our 2023 boats!

Ariadne - Jeanneau

Sun Odyssey 319

Dragon - Jeanneau

Sun Odyssey 349


Brig Eagle 6.7


Salona 380

Romanza - Jeanneau

Sun Odyssey 410


Hanse 418

Verity II - Jeanneau

Merry Fisher 1095



Booking your place

2024 booking is coming soon, keep an eye on our website and socials for updates.

Please not that all experiences require a valid entry ticket to the show.