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GEN-SEA: A Roundup of the Best British Boating Experiences for Young People

GEN-SEA: A Roundup of the Best British Boating Experiences for Young People
5 May 2021 James Brooke

42% of 18–24 year olds are planning on chartering (renting) a boat this summer.

Nearly half, 46%, of 18–24 year olds prefer sailing/boating on the sea as opposed to rivers, canals, lakes or lochs.

Gen Z’ers most looking forward to relaxing (38%), spending time with loved ones (29%), exploring new places (28%) and spending time in nature (27%) on their summer staycation.

Coming of age during a pandemic has meant that Gen Z’ers have missed out on many of the experiences taken for granted by their predecessors, with most spending the last year studying, working and socialising all from one room. Now, as lockdown restrictions ease across the UK, it’s unsurprising that 18–24 year olds are looking for new ways to catch up with friends and family while exploring the UK this summer.

A study of 2,000 adults, commissioned by leading boat hire and yacht charter platform Borrow A Boat, has found that 42% of 18-24 year olds are planning on chartering a boat and using their staycation to explore new places (28%), relax (38%), spend time in nature (27%), and enjoy much needed quality time with loved ones (29%). Whilst nearly half, 46%, of 18–24 year olds prefer the thrill of sailing/boating on the sea.

Matt Ovenden, CEO of Borrow A Boat and boating enthusiast said: “While some may be surprised that 42% of Gen Z’ers are planning on chartering a boat this summer, when you consider that they’ve been largely confined to one household for the last year, rather than enjoying many of the traditional rites of passage, like their predecessors, it makes a lot of sense.

“Being on the water offers a unique feeling of freedom and the opportunity to immerse in nature as you are both physically and mentally removed from your normal day-to-day – an experience that’s the polar opposite of being confined to the same household day in, day out.

“The fact that 46% of Gen Z prefer sailing and boating on the sea, further illustrates their thirst for freedom and new experiences this summer. It’s the ultimate adventure post-lockdown and by opting for a skippered charter, you don’t even have to have sailing experience to rent your own boat, simply some good friends and a sense of adventure.”

Although summer travel might have to be closer to home this year, there is an abundance of experiences to be found on British coastlines and rivers for young people. Read on for Matt’s guide to the best UK boating experiences for Gen-Sea…

1. Isle of Wight

Dock at Southampton and sail across to The Isle of Wight in as little as an hour depending on weather conditions. You can ride in style on the Allegro, an Italian designed, fast motor cruiser complete with a large open cockpit for entertaining and socialising and a wet bar with fridge and halogen grill. Make the most of the British summertime by sunbathing onboard or taking a dip via the swim platform. You can also stay overnight on the boat in one of three cabins, each with ensuite. Split between four friends, your trip could cost as little as £290 each per day.

2. London

If you fancy a city break, a boat trip in London is the perfect way to explore without all the traffic and (usual) crowds. Take a trip down the Thames and see all the sites on the Thames Sailing Barge Lady Daphne. A captain will take you and seven friends to see sights including the Tower of London, HMS Belfast, Greenwich, The O2, Canary Wharf and the Thames Barrier.

3. Edinburgh

For the adventurer and wildlife enthusiast, there are some stunning views to take in around Scotland’s coastal areas. Just outside Edinburgh’s city centre, charter a luxury catamaran for 10 guests, with captain. The boat takes you and your guests on a tour of some beautiful and historical locations including the famous Forth Bridges, Inchcolm Island and Blackness Castle. This trip is also great for wildlife spotters. Expect to see a plethora of wildlife including seals, porpoises, puffins, and many types of seabirds on your trip.

4. Henley

Whilst the Regatta might be cancelled, this summer is as good as any to get on the water in Henley with friends for a summer party. The New Orleans is the largest and most luxurious passenger vessel on the Upper Thames. Inspired by Mississippi paddle-steamers, it boasts two decks, a fully enclosed saloon with bar, and an open-plan upper deck which accommodates dancing at night. The New Orleans is the ultimate party boat to host your own regatta-style summer soiree.

5. Weymouth

Are you an adrenaline junkie? Want to ride on the 26-foot rib that was the safety boat used in the film Dunkirk and reaches speeds of over 40 knots? Head down to Weymouth to ride the speedy twin engine rib which cuts through waves with ease. Thrill seekers can even request a donut to ride behind the rib for the ultimate experience.


Notes to Editors:

  • Study of 2,000 nationally representative adults carried out by OnePoll on behalf of Borrow A Boat in April 2021.

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About Borrow A Boat
Founded in 2016 and launched by entrepreneur, Matt Ovenden, Borrow A Boat is on a mission to make boating more accessible, affordable, flexible, and inclusive for all through both traditional yacht charter companies and peer-to-peer yacht charter. Peer-to-peer charter enabling boat owners to offset the high costs of boat ownership by reducing maintenance costs and marina fees, whilst offering consumers more affordable and flexible boating experiences.

With over 35,000 boat rentals and yacht charters available in 65+ countries including the UK, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, North America, and South East Asia, Borrow A Boat is the leading yacht charter platform.

Borrow A Boat facilitates boat rental from just £40 per day, sailing yachts from £1,000 per week and luxury motorboats and superyachts, under Borrow A Boat Plus, from approximately £10,000 per week.

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