Try it all with Try-a-Boat!

From 40-foot sailing yachts to classic inshore cruisers, powerboats, RIBS and access-friendly craft Try-a-boat, in partnership with FlexiSail, offers visitors the chance to try, free of charge, a wide range of different boats in a single location.

Many people don’t know if they would prefer sailing to motorboating, so this is the ideal opportunity to try it all and find out.

Perfect for everyone from bold beginners to sailing veterans, potential buyers or families just looking for an adventure.

Children must be over the age of 8 to take part. Olivia is a dog friendly boat to explore in the marina. On all other boats, dogs are not permitted.


Please note: For the safety of our visitors, Try-a-Boat requires pre-booking. To secure your place and avoid disappointment on the day, it is advised to pre-book your Try-a-Boat and Get Afloat experience prior to attending the show. However, this can also be done upon your arrival within our booking area, which is super easy to find between the Watersports Zone and Dingy Zone. Pre-booking facilities will be available shortly.

Dragon - Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 3
Ariadne - Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 319
Varvassi - Hanse 418
Raskal - Dufour 390
Preferita - Salona Yachts 380
Romanza Jeanneau - Sun Odyssey 410
Verity - Jeanneau 859
Luxor -Brig Eagle 6.7
Fenna -Brig Eagle 6.7
Olivia - Cornish Shrimper 19
Swordfish - Quicksilver 675



Flexisail offer three membership levels across their fleet of boats (based in sailing Meccas Hamble, Lymington and Ipswich) with options to add extra days or second boats to your membership. FlexiSail provide a supportive environment in which to enjoy your boating. They also operate a members only RYA Training Centre providing bespoke and personal high quality training for you, your family, and friends; run an all-year-round social programme and provide a strong loyalty and benefits package designed to enhance your boating experience and make it the best that it can be.

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