Personal / small water craft

Personal watercraft and jet skis

The best slipway to launch personal watercraft is Warsash slipway. This is 1.5 miles from the Solent and Southampton Water.

The River Hamble has a wash and speed limit of 6 knots (beginning at pile number 1). Infringements will lead to a prosecution by the Harbour Authority.

Personal watercraft should proceed at slow speed until reaching Southampton Water.

Jet skis daily launch fees are £10. Annual passes may be purchased for £120.

Canoes , kayaks and paddleboards

Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards are used on most parts of the river. The Harbour Authority advises users to avoid the main channel.

The most popular area is above the M27 bridge where there are few boats. The river is quiet and natural with inlets to explore, as well as a pub at the end of the Curbridge arm - the Horse and Jockey.

The Botley arm is a little longer. You can only access the two arms of the Upper Hamble at high water and a couple of hours either side. The ebb tide is strong, and can exceed 3 knots. Most people launch from the public slipways at Lower Swanwick or Bursledon and head up on the flood tide and return on the ebb.

Towards the mouth of the river there are public slipways at Warsash and Hamble.

Rowing gigs

Rowing gigs are popular on the river and used by many local clubs. The river also has many annual gig events such as Bursledon regatta and the Hamble River Raid.


Vessels under 6 meters and less that 10hp are free to use as they are exempt from harbour dues.

Vessels not fitting within this category will be required to pay harbour dues.