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Enjoy A New Way Of Boating With FlexiSail

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With a fleet of sixteen yachts, FlexiSail offers a unique ‘ownership experience without buying’ boat share membership to customers.

Dragan Jaksic has been a member of FlexiSail since November 2019 - visiting their stand at the Southampton Boat Show last year before making the decision to join the programme - and despite some unpredictable weather, Dragan enjoyed some wonderful sailing trips in glorious weather before COVID-19 hit. In his own words…

We love sailing!

We sail every summer in Croatia and I used to charter a boat for a week every year in spring with friends. For us personally, having our own boat makes no sense as we don’t have enough time and don’t live close enough to sea to be able to go sailing for few hours each day - we live in Swindon so it’s just over an hour to Swanwick.

Chartering is always little bit like a step into the unknown. Even if you sailed the same boat last year it can be in a very different condition the next, plus there is always paperwork to be sorted out, familiarisation with the boat and marina. So you can end up spending lot of time on important things that are just not that enjoyable.

So having access to the boat you chose, knowing where it is and how it is set up, sharing it with a limited number of people who all treat it as “their boat” is very appealing. People are important too. 

A choice of destinations

I’ve spent a lot of time sailing around the Solent, there are so many beautiful places - Beaulieu, Yarmouth, Hamble, Bembridge, Cowes, lots of choice, and if you want a longer sail it is always nice to do day trips around the Isle of Wight. I have sailed to France twice visiting Cherbourg and St Vaast on both occasions.

Our favourite anchor up spot

With a family that enjoys exploring different places, we tend to go exploring towns and villages more than anchoring. Around the Solent, Newtown River is the top spot and a good place to have a swim! 

FlexiSail’s new home

The Hamble River makes a great start point for exploring the Solent - we have visited the marina three times so far and first impressions were great. Friendly staff, happy to explain things and help, impressive facilities and it is clear people work hard to give customers a great experience. With a newly built pontoon, there were no water connection points on our first visit but coming for the second time we were impressed – you really get to appreciate the pressure and flow when you need to fill the water tank! The fuel pontoon is easy to get to and use as well and I believe berths are more spacious than in any marina I have visited so far. It does take time to get out of the river but you can easily use that time to get the boat ready (for sailing or berthing) so it doesn’t feel too far.