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Half Day “Cowes Adventure” RIB Experience 1013499

4.5 out of 5 (based on 4 reviews)
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Location: Portsmouth - Hampshire
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Enjoy the thrill of the Solent for half a day, as you zoom across the waves in the latest RIB-craft with an expert skipper at the helm. As well as heart-pounding, wave-jumping thrills, you'll also receive a fascinating historical tour of Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent based forts. Then it's off to the world famous yachting haven of Cowes for refreshments before getting back to the action, jumping the car ferry wakes and carrying out high speed manoeuvres as you blast off across the Solent for home!

What's included?
  • A half day in the latest RIB-craft with an expert skipper at the helm
What do I need to know?
  • This experience runs on select dates (normally Saturdays) March-November
  • This experience lasts around three hours, departing at 11am and returning at 2.15pm
  • Minimum age is 12 years and under 18s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
  • The minimum height for participants is 5ft / 1.52m
  • The maximum weight for participants is 17st / 108kg
  • Please inform the supplier of any relevant medical conditions upon booking
  • Boats are fully insured and fitted with the latest safety equipment
  • This activity is weather dependant - please check with the supplier the day before
  • There will be up to 9 other passengers in the boat
  • All dates are subject to availability


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    Customer Reviews
    4.5 out of 5 (based on 4 reviews)
    3 out of 4 (75%) reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
    Fun, but not all that we expected
    23 June 2017
    I bought this experience as a family gift, selecting this RIB option as it offered a few additions to the standard experience. Booking the experience was not easy – we did not receive responses to several emails. After many phone calls and messages, we finally received confirmation on Thursday that we were booked on to the Saturday sailing. We left shortly after 11.00am, expecting a tour of the harbour and the historic ships. The experience noted that we would be shown Napoleonic forts, the spot where the Mary Rose sank, and more. There was no tour of the harbour and no commentary throughout the trip. We headed straight to the Isle of Wight. We expected a 45-minute break in Cowes. Here we would be able to ‘grab a drink in one of the waterside bars or cafes, wander through the narrow-cobbled streets absorbing some of the history of this world famous sailing town’. In fact the boat took us beyond Cowes. We spent 20 minutes slowly negotiating the River Medina and observing the industrial landscape. We disembarked near a lone pub. No cobbled streets or waterside cafes. We were told that we would be left for an hour and so had little option other than to stay in the pub. We were not really intending to spend time eating and drinking - having anticipated having a look around the little shops in Cowes. However, we felt obliged to buy something in the pub. Once we got back onto the craft, we returned to Portsmouth. Arriving back at 2pm. So we had a 3 hour trip, rather than the 4 hours promised. Of this we spent over an hour at the pub and about 45 minutes making the return trip down the Medina. So we spent about an hour actually riding the waves. We did enjoy the boat ride. It was a lot of fun. However, we had none of the promised ‘extras’ We would certainly not have chosen to tour the Medina, nor to eat at the pub. We could have booked a one-hour experience at significantly lower cost for the three of us and had the same amount of sailing time.
    Response from Buyagift
    By Charlotte, Customer Services, 18 Jul 2017
    Hi there, thank you for your feedback. Sorry to hear you did not have a great experience! I can see that you have been in contact with us directly and we are assisting you! Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments.
    Age: 55-64
    Occasion: Other occasion
    Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
    Not to be missed
    22 January 2014
    This was an absolutely fantastic experience. I can only praise the management at Onboard for their care and attention to the smallest details. Booking was quick, even though we'd left booking late, and they fitted us in on another trip not yet scheduled. The kiosk staff were very friendly and the skipper very competent too. We had a great time bouncing over the waves on the way to Cowes and back, and the skipper was super-helpful, ensuring that everybody (6 of us) were OK at all times. Great value and a great time ! As Arnie said ... "We'll be back ! "
    Big Cal
    Age: 45-54
    Occasion: Birthday
    Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
    Don't think I've had such a blast before
    12 February 2012
    We've tried a few of these rides before but this was really something else. Really great skipper who knew his way around, and loads of fun on the water. Lunch location in Cowes was perfect, then back out for great second half of the trip. Great value and not to be missed ! (promised we'd be back and we will as soon as the weather improves ! )
    Age: 45-54
    Occasion: Just because!
    Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
    Simly brilliant
    07 October 2011
    A truly fantastic experience in every sense of the word ! Scenic trip along the Solent, high speeds, breath-taking views, and amazing manouevres by the boat and skipper. Then lunch at a wonderful scenic waterside pub with the sun on our faces, followed by another exhilarating ride back to Gunwharf, we both loved every second and will certainly do this again next year !
    Age: 45-54
    Occasion: Birthday
    Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
    Half Day “Cowes Adventure” RIB Experience