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The independent voice of the Boat Charter Industry


The independent voice of the Boat Charter Industry

Firstaway Yacht Charters

A fleet of yachts based in Southampton on the South Coast to suit all from 37 to 47 foot including Beneteau, Jeanneau and Bavaria to enjoy Solent sailing.

FIRSTAWAY has a variety of fully coded MCA yachts to charter, based in Southampton, in varying sizes.

Firstaway Yacht Charters is a premier yacht charter company operating in the Solent and the South Coast since 1985. We operate from Shamrock Quay, Southampton providing easy access to Southampton Waters and the Solent, as well as beyond to France and the Channel Islands.

Our experienced and enthusiastic team is made up of people who love sailing, who will ensure your yacht charter in the Solent will be all it should be. We can offer advice on everything from your choice of yacht charter, to where to sail in the Solent or beyond.

There are exciting times ahead for Firstaway Yacht Charter. under new management, we’re expanding and looking to take on more yachts in our yacht management scheme along with new people.

The Team

Firstaway Yacht Charters is managed by Sally and Eric Whitelaw, with additional help from Eddie Hill, Tuppy Turner, Helen Hill and Tony Roots – they all help to keep the Firstaway charter fleet in tip-top condition, maintaining and cleaning the yachts and preparing them for bareboat charter, or skippered charter.

The History

Established 30 years ago in 1985, Firstaway Yacht Charters has gained and maintained a reputation as a leading Yacht Charter company in the Solent and South Coast – flexible, caring and run by experienced professionals.

We offer a selection of charter yachts, lovingly maintained in excellent condition, along with advice from our enthusiastic and experienced team who love sailing.

Our priority is to provide and maintain first-class yachts and service for our clients – many of whom return year after year to Southampton to enjoy the sailing on the Solent!

Firstaway Yacht Charters is a member of both the MLA (Marine Leisure Association) and the BM (British Marine Federation).

How to find us

Posted by Firstaway Yacht Charters on Thursday, 13 July 2017

Members Information

Name of vessel:

Multiple Yachts

Type of vessel:


Power / Sail:


Home Port:



Solent/South Coast/ English Channel

Licence type:




No of crew:



Yacht Charter, Bareboat or Skippered, Corporate Entertaining, Family Day Sails, Family Holidays, Racing

Contact Information

Contact Name:

Mr Eric Whitelaw


Unit 2,
Building 2,
Shamrock Quay,
William Street,
SO14 5QL
United Kingdom

Office Phone:

023 8023 6000



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