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Ribs and Powerboat Cruising Across the UK


Traditional powerboats, ribs or zapcat inflatable race boats - whichever experience you choose you're going to be riding the high seas! These vessels boast superb power and handling, making them great fun to whizz across the water on. All of the watercraft featured in this section are motor-powered, so you won't be relying on the wind to take you, it's more a case of full throttle and away we go!

No time to drop anchor and admire the view, these powerboat experiences are all about whipping up a frenzy out on the open waters beyond Britain's coastline or on inland freshwater lakes and rivers. All you have to decide is what sort of zapcat or powerboat session you fancy, as we have everything from a quick blast around the bay and high speed rides, right through to RYA certificated courses so you can hire self-drive boats to hit the high seas from marinas around the world. Read more...

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Exclusive Thames RIB Charter

London Eye Millennium Pier

Buy For £495.00

Exclusive Thames RIB Charter
  • Private charters on the River Thames for up to 12
  • Return trips setting sail from the London Eye pier
  • Boat, skipper, guide & sound system just for you!
  • Experience the speed of these RIB boats
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Chartered Boat Cruise Brighton

Brighton Marina, East Sussex

From £199.00

Chartered Boat Cruise Brighton
  • Private boat charters from Brighton Marina
  • Hire out the 36ft catamaran cruise boat
  • Accommodates up to 12 people onboard
  • Choice of 1, 2 or 4-hour mini cruises
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Wind Farm Tours Brighton

Brighton Marina, East Sussex

From £49.00

Wind Farm Tours Brighton
• Get up close to Rampion Wind Farm on a boat trip
• Shared & private charters are available
• The farm has 161 of the 140m-high wind turbines
• A 2 to 3hr voyage, returning via Brighton sea front
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Premium Thames Barrier RIB Ride

London Eye Millennium Pier

From £46.95

Premium Thames Barrier RIB Ride
  • An 80-minute premium Thames tour
  • Operated by super-fast Rocket RIBs
  • See everything worth seeing on the river!
  • Rocket tunes & lots of banter during your ride
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London Speedboat Adventures

London Eye Millennium Pier

From £36.95

London Speedboat Adventures
  • Waterproof jackets, trousers & goggles available
  • Outdoor attraction with full safety measures
  • Committed to 'Stay Safe' sailing & best practice
  • London's original speedboat tour of the Thames

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Wildlife Safari Padstow

Padstow Harbour, Cornwall

From £17.50

Wildlife Safari Padstow
• One or Two hour sealife cruises available
• RIB safari with a professional skipper & guide
• Explore the stunning Cornish coastline
• Chance to see wild seals and dolphins
2 Day Course Sussex
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2 Day RYA Powerboat Course in Sussex

Brighton Marina

Buy For £399.00

2 Day RYA Powerboat Course in Sussex
• Official RYA accredited powerboat course
• Learn how to safely handle a powerboat at sea
• 2 day course at Brighton Marina
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RYA Courses in Dorset

Poole Harbour

Buy For £315.00

RYA Courses in Dorset
• Powerboat driving courses from Poole Harbour
• Two day RYA certified courses covering Levels 1 & 2
• Learn essential boat craft skills out on the water
• Perfect for beginners and those with some experience
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Powerboat Sunderland for Two

Sunderland Marina

Buy For £140.00

Powerboat Sunderland for Two
• Power boat driving experience at Roker Beach
• Royal Yachting Association (RYA) approved school
• Head from Sunderland marina out to the North Sea
• Vouchers are for two people & minimum age is 16
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Private Jurassic Coast Boat Tours

Weymouth & Portland Marinas, Dorset

From £249.00

Private Jurassic Coast Boat Tours
• Tour the Jurassic Coast on a private boat tour
• RIB boats for 5 or 8 passengers + skipper
• See Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove & more from the sea
• Exclusive departures during the day or evening
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Brighton Powerboat Rides

Brighton Marina, East Sussex

Buy For £35.00

Brighton Powerboat Rides
  • High speed powerboat rides on open waters
  • Set off from Brighton Marina in the late afternoon
  • A qualified skipper will be at the helm of the RIB
  • Boats can take up to seven passengers
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Thames Rockets Break the Barrier Speed Thrill

Bankside Pier, Bankside

From £38.95

Thames Rockets Break the Barrier Speed Thrill
• Enjoy a 40mins speedboat ride on the Thames
• Departures from Bankside Pier 
• Committed to 'Stay Safe' sailing and best practice
• 'Break the Barrier' in a super fast speedboat

Full throttle powerboat experiences on the water

Powerboats - no longer the domain of the rich and famous only, with these zapcat, ribs, catamaran and race boat experiences you too can go power boating on and over the waves. We have a real mix of activities here for you. Some use actual race boats that are competing in current championships such as the Honda series.

Other power boating experiences featured here are a more leisurely affair, with things like trips out on big Sunseeker leisure cruisers. Then there are the madcap RIB tours on rivers where you'll all have your hands in the air as you go zipping across the water. Now that's what we call extreme sightseeing.

Make no mistake,if you launch in long-hull type of race-prepared vessel, you're not going for the sightseeing, it's all about playing the role of co-pilot. You literally take the hull out of the water as you bounce along, skimming the water's surface. Perhaps just as well you'll be dressed up in the full racing suit and helmet too - it's going to be a thrilling ride.

In fact, some of these boats are so full-on that we can only offer passenger rides. Take a look at this 600bhp RIB doing around 50 knots out on the waters of Southampton! It might make you feel a bit seasick, or it's have you saying 'I want a go!'

Skipper your own RIB or powerboat

However, we do have a rather fine flotilla of motor boats that you can skipper yourself. Some of these may be onboard RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boats), others are your slick racers and we even have double-hull superboats too. In all cases, you'll be accompanied as you drive so you can make the most of your time at the helm.

Get an RYA power boating qualification on longer experiences

If you want to learn more boating skills, we can highly recommend the power boating courses. Over two days you will get to grips with everything from 'holding station', coming alongside in a harbour, high speed figures of eight, 'man overboard' retrieval exercises and even knot tying and learning about anchors. At the end of these all-encompassing sessions you'll be qualified to take a powerful motor boat out all by yourself!

Whether it's a Jet Viper, a RIB, a Zego, a Zap Cat or a Thunderbolt, these powerboats are superb fun. As you cruise out of the marina at slow speed you will be just itching to get out onto unrestricted waters so you can open her up, get the spray flying and the hull lifting with the sea salty air filling your lungs. Truly thrilling!