Top 10 boats to rent in the UK 2017

Beds on Board has helped thousands of people find the right boats for their holiday in the UK, but you shouldn’t just take our word for it.

Guests use our service time and again because they know that the boats they stay on are lovingly cared for, and that the boat’s owners have the best insider knowledge of local restaurants, bars and tourist spots.

Our guests have told us which are their favourite boats moored in the UK, and here is our top ten for 2017.


Stay on a luxury motorboat in Lymington, the New Forest

A beautiful Prestige motor yacht, ‘Zen Dog’ is moored in the picturesque marina of Lymington in the New Forest. Described by guests as "incredibly comfortable" and "the height of luxury", a stay on board this boat starts from £125 per night for four people.

Owner’s Mike and Kirsty go out of their way to make guests feel welcome, providing both John Lewis bedding and a bottle of fizz for each new arrival.

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The flybridge motor yacht ‘Italian Job’ is also moored in Lymington and makes it into our top ten because of its decadent interior.

Italian Job is perfect for couples, friends and families. Staying on board is like staying in the suite of a fine hotel, but it comes with some boaty quirks that will make you smile.

From just £99 per night, six people will find style and comfort in her two double bed and one twin bed cabins.

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The award winning marina with its fantastic Haven restaurant boasts spectacular views of the Solent, the Isle of Wight and the New Forest.

The historic town of Lymington has many diverse restaurants, and a popular Saturday market where you can sample some of the best local produce.

The wild ponies ensure that a drive or bike ride through the New Forest is always an adventure and a ferry to the Isle of Wight is only a short walk from the marina.

"The boat and the facilities are exceptional and very well maintained. We thoroughly enjoyed a fabulous weekend. Sitting on the aft deck in the sun having a cold drink cannot be beaten....."

Rent a sailing yacht in Liverpool

The sailing yacht ‘Gabrielle’ and the welcome that her Liverpudlian owner Ken gives all of her guests, has become legendary at Beds on Board. Moored in the Albert Dock, next to Tate Liverpool and opposite the city’s historic Liver Building, this boat sleeps four people for as little as £70 per night. Guest’s have lauded Ken’s warm welcome and his in depth knowledge of Liverpool’s best restaurants and attractions.

Read Ken’s top ten best things to do on a city break in Liverpool

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Book a luxury motor yacht in Brixham, Devon

The quaint fishing village of Brixham in Devon is home to the luxury motor yacht ‘Reel Estate’.

This flybridge cruiser has been widely praised by Beds on Board guests for being ‘very spacious’ and in a superb location.

With a large double bed cabin and comfortable twin bedroom, a family of four has plenty of space room to stretch out.

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Brixham marina is right by the beach and made up of around 500 small to medium size sailing and fishing boats.

The view from the sundeck of Reel Estate is pretty special, but the port is also becoming well known of its foodie scene, with the celebrated chef Mitch Tonks opening several restaurants in the area.

With prices starting from £125 per night, this boat offers a different way to stay in one of the areas most up and coming marinas in the South West.

Book a night’s stay on Nicholas’s luxury boat in Devon.

Rent a canal boat for a city break in Central London

The area of Little Venice, where the Grand Union Canal joins the Regent’s Canal, is an oasis of tranquility in the heart of Central London. Home to two of Beds on Board’s most popular canal boats, a stay on either ‘Velvet Morning’ or the beautiful ‘Barbara’ promises a quiet romantic retreat in this busy city.

Guests have praised the beauty of these boat’s moorings, as the canal is famous of its regency architecture, and outstanding local restaurants.

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"What a fantastic way to spend a summer's evening, we had the most amazing stay on Velvet Morning in Little Venice. Close to so many nice restaurants, and of course gorgeous walks along the canal."

Let Beds on Board find you the perfect city break.

Stunning sunsets in Southampton

Southampton’s Town Quay Marina has beautiful views of the Solent, with some of the city’s best restaurants and bars on nearby Oxford Street, only a short walk away. This marina is a quiet haven in one of the country’s busiest ports.

The British built sports cruiser ‘Bob on the Water’ is one of Bed’s on Boards most popular family holiday boats. With a large king size bed in its master cabin, and comfortable double bed in her second cabin, this vessel is highly sort after, with prices starting from £185.00 per night.

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Also making our top ten is the Bavaria Cruiser ‘Nautical Dreams’. This spacious sailing yacht is a comfortable alternative to local hotels, as she sleeps six people in three large double cabins.

For only £120 per night, guests get a lot of boat for their money, as the 42 foot ship also has two toilets and a large sun deck.

A particularly attractive offering for those wanting to visit the Southampton Boat Show or depart on a cruise.

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"I booked a night aboard Bob on the Water as an unusual gift for my son and his wife. It excelled all expectation from first contact to handing back the key. John and his wife went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. The boat was stunning, beautifully clean and well equipped. If you are looking for a unique place to stay look no further than a stay on this beautiful boat 5* accommodation at a reasonable rate."

Rent a motorboat and visit County Durham 

A night’s stay on board the motor cruiser ‘Silver Spur’ is a calm retreat from the worries of the world into one of the North of England’s best kept secrets.

This Sealine 365 has recently been extensively renovated by her loving owners.

Guests have praised her spacious and modern interior, with many citing the warm welcome they received from owners Sean and Chris. 

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“ I was overwhelmed with this boat. Very spacious, very clean and so comfortable. I especially loved eating on the cockpit which was beautiful in the evening as lights around the boat made it extra special. “

Savour the best of Port Solent on your own boat

One of the youngest boats in the Beds on Board family, ‘The Dark Side’ was named because her luxurious interior finally convinced her owners to give up their beloved sailing yachts.

Exhibited at last year’s London Boat Show, this Swift Trawler 44 is kept in immaculate condition, by her owner Stephen and is moored in the beautiful marina of Port Solent.

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“What an absolutely charming and beautiful boat. Being only one year old it has a spacious layout and the furnishings and woodwork were unique. Fantastic ambience. All MoD cons so a real credit to Beneteau”

The luxury marina of Port Solent is well known for its boutique shops and fine dining.

A short water taxi away from the main shopping district of Gunwharf Quays, this marina is a great way to sample all the delights of Portsmouth.

The recently finished Mary Rose museum is well worth a visit to soak up some of Britain’s maritime heritage.