You Drive!! Take the wheel of the awesome Honda Formula 4 & zip through the waters.
- Southampton (Hampshire)
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
You Drive!! Take the wheel of the awesome Honda Formula 4 & zip through the waters.
The Honda powerboat racing experience is the ideal activity for a speed enthusiast – or if you just fancy having a great day out with your mates! During this adrenaline-pumping experience you will take the wheel of the incredible Honda Formula 4 Stroke Offshore 150HP race boat and tear across the waters of the Solent at white-knuckle speeds.
An instructor will teach you all the necessary skills needed to drive such an awesome vehicle! After a safety briefing briefing and a quick change into the necessary gear, you will then head off to the water...The boats are furiously fast and like to be driven ‘on edge’, so you will have the most exhilarating time as you whizz across the waters of the Solent and race against your friends!
The fun isn’t over here though, you now have the chance to get behind the wheel yourself and try out all your learnt skills using the unique dual control system! At the UK's only speedboat experience centre where YOU drive, you will have a splash of a time!!
This experience is available on weekends and Fridays between April and early October.
Minimum Age: 8
Maximum Waist Size: 140 cms.
Under 18's will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Not suitable for those with: back, neck & heart conditions or for pregnant women.
Experience Duration: 01:00
Time Spent at Venue: 02:00
You will spend 1 hour on the water and approximately 2 hours on site, including a 30 minute safety briefing.
Participants: The Honda Powerboat Racing Experience in Southampton is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 4
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
Maximum Group Size: 4
Spectators are welcome to watch from the viewing area on the shore - including the Marina bar and the restaurant. There is free parking on site.
You should wear comfortable, casual clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting wet. It might also be a good idea to bring a change of clothes just in case you are planning on getting totally soaked! The centre will supply weather jackets. Goggles or sun glasses should be worn in the boats when sunny!
The Honda Powerboat Experience in Southampton is weather dependent. Should the weather be particularly adverse, please the centre the day before your event to confirm the conditions.
Average rating: 5 stars out of 5
I had never heard of a powerboat experience where You drive!! My daughter insisted on coming with me to try out the unique and extremely iconic Honda 150. Having loved boats all my life and growing up a right adrenaline junky, it was about right I showed my daughter what this 60 year old could do on the water! The experience itself was amazing, so much fun with great turns and jumps. My daughter must take after me and have speed running through her genes, I almost flew off my seat on the last hurdle! 100% returning :)
My wife treated me to this powerboating experience as she knows I have always wanted my own boat. Being situated in Southampton meant it was an easy drive before we were given life jackets and our safety briefing. It wasn't long before our group were out on the water. I had a great time steering and Tony our skipper wasn't afraid for us to go fast. Being a passenger to the others was almost as good as driving as it feels even faster. A brilliant experience that has encouraged me even more to buy a boat!
I can honestly say this experience is something I can tick off my bucket list. Getting to actually drive the powerboat felt amazing!! We had near perfect conditions, the sun was shining and the water just right. Our skipper was super friendly and chatty, and ensured we were feeling comfortable the whole time. This was really reassuring considering the speeds we got up to!! I will for sure be buying this next time I need a gift idea.
Magic! in spite of light rain it was a great experience travelling at that speed down Southampton water. Beats taking the ferry!!! fun sitting in the back as others tried their hand at the wheel, but really fantastic when it came my turn at the controls. Your instructor was extremely good and kept a watchful eye on us, which was essential given the speed at which we were travelling from wave top to wave top! I enjoyed it so much I shall be giving it as a birthday present to my son in law next year!
We had an awesome time!
We have done the adventure twice over the past 6 weeks .my son took his friend and eh said it was the best day of his life
The actual meeting point wasn't marked. It turned out to be a covered area outside a bar. Although the bar staff told us it was a table in the bar! Once we saw a group gathering outside all was well. Chris our leader was particularly friendly and approachable.
Last week we were lucky enough to be invited down to Shamrock Quay in Southampton to ride some of the UK’s most unique Powerboating experiences. I’m not sure what we all expected, but it certainly went above and beyond any regular boating trip! The Honda 150 (a powerful racing machine) and the Jet Viper (a yellow giant that is the only one of its type in the UK) were the boats on schedule for the day, and we couldn’t wait to try them out!
As we arrived into the heart of Southampton, we had found the home of Saber Powersports just inside Shamrock Quay. After a stroll around to admire the boats in a rare spot of June sunshine, we were welcomed by the lovely Nadia, and our friendly skipper Tony. After some thorough health and safety briefings, our life jackets were strapped on and we were ready to go! They explained to us that we would be all aboard the Honda first, and the Jet Viper second in order to save getting the most soaked until last!
Saber Powersports are the UK’s only Powerboating provider where YOU get to drive, so the knowledge of this alone was enough to get us excited about hopping aboard! Rina took to the wheel first, and she looked a natural as she steered us out of the Quay full of boats. It was her job to guide us out to open waters where we could get some speed up and experience the white-knuckling speeds we had heard about. After a pleasant journey out to sea, Tony told us we had near perfect conditions with the water, as it was just the right amount of choppy. It was here where the fun really started, as our speed got up to around 40 knots (46mph!). Each of us had the challenge of steering through the waters and around the buoys like an ultimate Powerboating crash course! The unique dual control system of this powerboat makes for a totally safe (but totally thrilling!) experience, as you get the rush of driving at high speeds. Our skipper Tony sat beside us in the passenger seat guiding us with hand motions to either go left, right or straight on in order to navigate the boat. The speed and agility of this boat really are its highlights, so getting to drive it yourself just tops it off. Time really does fly when you’re having fun, as we each had 10 minutes behind the wheel but were left wanting more! As our time on the Honda 150 drew to a close, we took a detour into Ocean Village, the neighbouring port to admire the array of boats and architecture in the summer sun. This was a lovely way to wind down from the adrenaline fuelled hour!
Next up was the Jet Viper. With a 450 horsepower Hamilton Jet Drive, this Powerboat has ‘unmatched manoeuvrability’ as it can slide and spin through the water and is even capable of crash stops! This vessel can take out up to 12 people, seating 5 in the front and 7 in the back. The jockey styled seats intrigued us all, and as we jumped aboard into the front of the boat first, it really felt as if we had just boarded a theme park ride! As we set out for open waters once more, we prepared to get wet as the bucket jet propulsion system is capable of making a huge splash. Bundled in our waterproofs and goggles, we were all eager with excitement for what was to come. It goes without saying that you really must hold on tight for this one, as your skipper takes you on an ultimate thrill ride and aims to make a splash!
Tony let us know that sitting at different parts of the boat each provides a different experience in itself, so ensured us that everyone who rides the Jet Viper must try sitting at the front and back. Sitting at the front of the boat was my personal favourite, as the way the Powerboat propels you through the water really makes it feel as if you are flying! Sitting at the back meant you were much closer to the water and of course much more likely to get a splash! Both ends were just as thrilling as each other, and I never knew you could have two such different experiences on the same Powerboat. As we were in Southampton, there were huge cruise ships that were setting sail just beside us. Travelling so close to the cruise ship was an experience in itself, as we waved to the passengers on the top deck and Tony was sure for us to ride the waves that they created!
Overall, the two Powerboats provided totally different, but equally thrilling experiences. It’s hard to compare them or choose a favourite just because they are so different! It is 100% worth making a day of it and trying out both powerboats, as well as their Thunderbolt. With Rina being somewhat of a speed demon, I know we will be back soon!