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.

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, there are qualified instructors 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.

Also part of the Try-a-Boat line up, providing fully accessible crafts, are ‘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

We are yet to announce the 2024 line-up, but you can take a look at the 2023 boats below to give you an idea of what to expect!

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 will be exclusively at the show, arrive nice and early to secure your spot!

Please note that all experiences require a valid entry ticket to the show.