From tall ships to large yachts and cruisers, from ferries and paddleboards to trawlers and naval vessels, if you’re into boat trips, Weymouth is for you.
Just sitting on the edge of Weymouth’s busy harbour, you will soon realise that Weymouth is port to so many different sorts of boat, from tall ships to large yachts and cruisers, from ferries and paddleboards to trawlers and naval vessels.
Of all the things to do in Weymouth boat trips are probably top of our list. You can sail your own boat or hire a charter yacht and sail in style while everything is done for you. Or maybe you’d like to take a relaxing boat trip along the Jurassic Coast or round the Isle of Portland taking in Henry VIII’s castle.
Why not hire a Pedalo to explore the safe shallow waters of Weymouth beach, or for a more exciting ride, you can catch a 20 minute ‘white water’ trip from the harbor… you’ll soon find out why you were advised to wear waterproofs! Or if just a few minutes on the water is enough, you can pay the ferryman £1 to row you from one side of the harbour to the other (near the Nothe steps) during the summer.
People with disabilities and access problems can book a trip along the Jurassic Coast in MV Freedom, a specially designed and crewed boat dedicated to enabling them to experience the freedom of the open water. The annual ‘Barrel Roll Challenge’ event on Weymouth harbour raises funds for this charity.
If you’re hooked on fishing, some of the small fishing boats in the harbour provide all-day or half-day trips out at sea – but make sure you take clothes to shade you from the sun. Look lout for the little signs on both sides of the harbour, or book in the local fishing tackle shop. For the ultimate boys’ day out or for a corporate team building exercise, why not charter a whole skippered boat for your party?
For serious dinghy sailing, boats are available to hire, or you can even book a sailing course at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre. Following the London 2012 Sailing Events being held in the bay, Portland harbour remains a favourite practice area with Olympic sailors.
Weymouth’s very own tall ship TS Pelican is often at its mooring, near Weymouth pavilion. Come along and take tea and a sandwich in the ‘Pelicafe’ on board, or for a really special treat, book a day’s sailing on TS Pelican from Weymouth (book well in advance, tickets go fast!)
For an experience never to be forgotten, you can dive the waters of Weymouth bay with one of the many dive boats, some of which run complete package diving holidays. Most run PADI dive schools and provide skippered charter of their boats. You can load and off-load right on the harbour, which is nice and handy for transport of equipment, and a well-earned meal afterwards!
For those bringing their own boats, there is a large marina and some mooring in the outer harbour. The town bridge lifts every two hours in the summer to allow boats through into the marina. It may be best to check Weymouth harbour website for details. The Royal Dorset Yacht Club and the Harbourmaster’s office are on the north side of the harbour, and Weymouth Sailing Club is on the south side (near the lifeboat station).