Thunderbolt Powerboat Driving Experience - Southampton

(based on 8 reviews)

Attempt high speed turns & wave jumping on one of the fastest cornering boats in the UK! Expert instructors will take you to the limit as you tear through the Solent waters. Extreme fun guaranteed!

  • Southampton (Hampshire)
  • Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
£ 59 £85

Thunderbolt Powerboat Driving Experience - Southampton

Attempt high speed turns & wave jumping on one of the fastest cornering boats in the UK! Expert instructors will take you to the limit as you tear through the Solent waters. Extreme fun guaranteed!

The Saber Thunderbolt truly is a master of the ocean; initially built for surf rescue in South Africa, this awesome catamaran can accelerate and change direction at astonishingly high speeds, and it's the UK's only speedboat experience where YOU drive!! Ideal as a gift for thrill-seekers, or an enjoyable and adrenaline-filled activity for friends, you are guaranteed to get your blood pumping with this unique and exhilarating experience.

After a safety briefing, where you will learn the essential skills necessary to control the boat, you'll change into the Saber Powersports racing team gear! An experienced instructor will then run through driving methods of the Thunderbolt and give you guidance on racing and cornering techniques.

Seize this fantastic opportunity to get behind the wheel yourself, wind the speed up and try some high-speed turns and wave jumping! You will never have been in a faster powerboat than this – you'll practically take off! Please note this experience is for 18+ only!

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This experience is available on weekends and Fridays between April and October.


Minimum Age: 18

Maximum Waist Size: 140 cms.

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.

You will be able to have a go at driving the boat yourself with a fully qualified skipper by your side.

Group Size & Spectators

Participants: The Thunderbolt Powerboat Driving Experience - Southampton is for 1 participant.

Max Group Size: 3

Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes

You will share your Thunderbolt powerboat experience in Southampton with one or two other guests, so each person will receive at least half an hour driving time.

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.

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What to wear

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!


Your Thunderbolt Powerboat experience is weather dependent. Should the weather be particularly adverse, please the centre the day before your event to confirm the conditions.

Average rating: 4 stars out of 5

Honda F4

We both had an awesome time. We did the longer weekday experience and the extra time was well worth it

Honda F4 powerboat trip

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!

- lymington

Loved every minute of our power boating experience and would definitely recommend!


My husband was booked in for two boats we only found out by accident the day before travel to Southampton that one was broken so he only had one boat. But thay have allowed us to book next year for the hypercat and have given me a letter confirming this so all good in the end. the communication was a little unsettling, we had no confidence that things were ok! we would still use again and I can not fault the service from Experience Days





Awesome... I'm aching all over from hanging on for dear life! My partner watched from the banks and thought it looked 'tame' how wrong she was!!

£ 59 £85