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Book for 1 or more people You get a chance to drive! Luxury Boat High thrill factor Might get a little bit wet

  • OFFER Price £995 up to 7 people
  • A fully qualified experienced skipper and crew
  • 2.5 hours Sunseeker Driving Experience
  • Drive at Fast and Slow Speeds
  • Southampton to the Isle of Wight
  • EXCLUSIVE use of the boat

Our well known Sunseeker Driving Experience is also available as an exclusive group option, this is perfect for up to 7 people who fancy having a fantastic day out on the water, this is a very popular event for special birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas present or even a romantic wedding proposal. We also welcome hen do’s and stag do’s on board. The boat can take up to 7 people (or 8 including children). You get the boat exclusively to yourselves for 2.5 hours and each get to take a turn at the helm at both fast and slow speeds up to the Isle of Wight (and back).

To make your day that extra bit special you can purchase champagne at the time of booking or it is available to buy on the day.

We can book a table on your behalf at the Banana Wharf Bar/Restaurant in Ocean Village Marina or there are many other bars and restaurants within the marina to enjoy.

If you are looking to make a weekend of your experience or charter, we can also arrange accommodation for you, we have great rates with Ennios, this is a lovely boutique hotel located in a prestigious part of Southampton and facing directly onto the old waterfront and Southampton water. Ennios restaurant is also popular and is famous for traditional homemade cuisine and was voted the best Italian restaurant in Hampshire.

Thursday 11th August 2022


Was £1,495 Now £995.00 (up to 7 people)

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Who’s it for?

For you or the perfect event for:

  • Special birthday, whether it’s an 18th birthday, 21st birthday, 30th birthday, 40th birthday, 50th birthday, 60th birthday or more
  • Anniversary
  • Christmas
  • Fathers Day
  • Mothers Day
  • Stag Do
  • Hen Do

What’s included?

A fully experienced skipper and crew A fully experienced skipper and crew
All safety equipment All safety equipment
Participants drive the boat at both fast and slow speeds (optional) Participants drive the boat at both fast and slow speeds (optional)
Photographs will be taken Photographs can be taken
A high speed blast by the Skipper A high speed blast by the Skipper
See Cruise Ships, QE2/QM2 Berths, Titanic Berth and the Isle of Wight See Cruise Ships, QE2/QM2 Berths, Titanic Berth and the Isle of Wight

What happens on the day?

Meet the Skipper and Crew, make way to the Sunseeker. Listen to the safety briefing, the Skipper will take you through the marina where you will see other powerboats and yachts on their moorings.

Continue with a cruise down the River Itchen to Southampton Water for the opportunity to see the magnificent cruise ships on their docks. The Skipper will explain navigation and basic plotting techniques and answer any questions.

All participants will get the option to have a drive at slow speed. On reaching the open waters of The Solent, the Skipper will open up the throttles for a “full-on” blast with speeds of up to 42 knots using the supercharged and turbocharged twin engines at 600HP to display the capabilities of this superb 40’ Sunseeker performance powerboat.

Then once again it’s ‘OVER TO YOU’ to take a turn at the helm to drive at high speed whilst heading over to the Isle of Wight. The Skipper will enter the mouth of the River Medina with time to take in the views (east and west Cowes) and participants can have their photographs taken at the helm.

The fun continues, with more “full-on” thrills and a high speed blast back to Ocean Village Marina as we once again travel across the Solent and also the mouth of the famous River Hamble.

On your return you will be invited down below to take a look around at the luxury accommodation area.

Need to know


Q: When and what time do the experiences start, how long do they last?
A: Most Saturdays and selected Sundays – mid May through to mid September. Starting 10.00am, 1.00pm and sometimes 4.00pm. The experiences last 2.5 hours, but you will need to allow 3.5 hours at the marina.

Q: Where is the experience?
A: Ocean Village Marina, Southampton, SO14 3TG. Meeting point is outside Banana Wharf Bar/Restaurant in the marina. Look for the ‘Meeting Point’ banner on the railings.

Q: Are there any fitness requirements, restrictions or requirements?
A: Minimum age is 7 (contact us if younger for final decision from Skipper), under 16’s must be accompanied by a full paying adult. No height restrictions but maximum weight of 16½ stone (105kg). Not suitable for anyone with a serious back or heart complaint or for pregnant women.

Q: Do you have Insurance and a health and safety policy?
A: Yes, Public Liability insurance for £3,000,000, Health, Safety and Welfare Policy, along with Risk Assessments.

Q: Is there any disabled access?
A: Sorry, no access for wheelchairs, partially disabled people are most welcome, please call to discuss.

On the day

Q: Location of Experience and Meeting Point
A: Ocean Village Marina, Southampton, SO14 3TG. Meeting point is outside Banana Wharf Bar/Restaurant in the marina.

Q: What time does the experience start?
A: 10.00am, 1.00pm and sometimes 4.00pm. They last 2.5 hours, but allow at least 3.5 hours at the marina.

Q: Who else will be on the experience?
A: Individual Experiences – There can be up to 7 other participants, plus Skipper/Crew. Group Experiences – You will have the boat exclusively to yourselves along with the Skipper and crew.

Q: Is Champagne included?
A: No, but we can arrange this for you for an additional cost and serve in champagne flutes from an ice bucket.

Q: What do I need to bring on the day and is there a dress code?
A: Your voucher/confirmation, sunglasses, sun cream, camera, flat non-slip footwear. Dress warm & bring waterproofs.

Q: Is the experience safe and is any equipment included?
A: This is an extremely safe experience with fully qualified skippers and crew. The boat has had all safety upgrades for its MCA safety coding which includes a life raft and everyone is to wear a supplied life jacket at all times.

Q: Is there a Car Park close by?
A: There is a car park with security less than 120 metres from the boat. Parking is £1 per hour and the machine only takes coins, so please make sure you bring change with you and always allow for extra time. More info below…

Q: Is this experience weather dependent?
A: Yes, the experience could be cancelled, we will contact you up to 24 hours before if severe weather is forecast. This decision is made by the Skipper and is not open to negotiation. A new date can then be arranged.

Q: What can Spectators do?
A: They can wave off from the Marina. There are bars, restaurants, museums, shops and cinemas around the marina.

Sights you will see on the day

  • QE2/QM2 dock, Titanic Berth, Cruise ships
  • Netley Castle and Netley Park
  • Calshot Lifeboat Station and Calshot Castle
  • The mouth of the River Hamble
  • Spinnaker Tower
  • Cowes, Isle of Wight
  • Take a look down below at the vessels luxury accommodation areas

Additional information

Q: Is breakfast, lunch or dinner included?
A: No but we can arrange this for an additional cost, there are many bars/restaurants within the marina.

Q: We are travelling, is there anywhere we can stay?
A: Ennios Boutique Hotel, SO14 2AR. Tel. 02380 221159
The Cromwell Arms, SO51 8HG. Tel. 01794 519 515

Local Amenities
Tesco Express SO14 3JS. Tel. 0845 0269005. Opening Hours 7.30am – 11.00pm 7 days a week
West Quay Shopping Mall in Southampton City Centre (5 minutes by car)
Taxi – Radio Taxi’s Southampton 02380 666 666
Chemist – Boots The Chemists, West Quay, Southampton Tel. 02380 335622

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Ocean Village Marina in the heart of Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3TG.


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Contact us

Marina Address, Powerboat Days, Ocean Village Marina, 2 Channel Way, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3TG.

Head Office, Powerboat Days, 131 Lane End Road, Sands Industrial Estate, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP12 4HF. or use the contact form.