Cruise aboard Oonah
Explore the River Hamble aboard Oonah, from the quiet Upper Reaches that meander towards Botley and Curbridge to the entrance to this yachting mecca, there is always something to see on this unique and picturesque waterway. Our professional Skipper, with over 20 years experience on the River, will find the best route to take according to the weather and tide whilst looking after the boat as you sit back, relax and enjoy some delicious food from our Deli in Botley. From breakfast with freshly squeezed orange juice and Prosecco, a freshly made picnic lunch, to an evening graze board, there is always something tasty to accompany your trip, all included in the price.
Originally built by Mayhew Marine in Bristol, Oonah’s classic lines turn heads wherever she travels. First launched as a steam powered river boat she was converted to diesel in the mid 1990s, but she retains the beautiful counter-stern associated with her steam heritage.
Our covid-19 and weather promise
We will be offering our COVID-19 and Weather Promise for all trips in 2021. This means if we are unable to run your trip due to inclement weather, you are unable to attend due to national restrictions as a result of COVID-19, you are unable to attend due to yourself or a member of your party receiving a positive COVID-19 test result or being advised to isolate by the national track and trace service we will provide a full refund (or a rescheduled cruise should you prefer – subject to availability).
Hire of Oonah
Book now for exclusive hire of Oonah for two people.
The breakfast cruise is from 9am to 10:30am priced at £99 for two and includes exclusive use of Oonah with her professional Skipper, the Mermaids Breakfast Box, two 20cl bottles of Prosecco and two mini bottles of freshly squeezed orange juice.
The lunchtime cruise is from 12pm to 1:30pm priced at £99 for two and includes exclusive use of Oonah with her professional Skipper, the Mermaids Picnic Box, two 20cl bottles of Prosecco and two mini bottles of freshly squeezed orange juice.
The evening cruise is from 7:30pm to 9pm priced at £125 for two and includes exclusive use of Oonah with her professional Skipper, the Mermaids Medium Graze Box and a 75cl bottle of Prosecco.
All cruises start and finish from Cabin Boatyard in Bursledon, where free parking is available for one car.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept children on your trips?
We accept children aged 8 and over on our cruises if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Can we bring our own food and drinks on board?
We ask that only food and drink purchased as part of your booking is consumed aboard.
Do you accept dogs on board?
Unfortunately we are unable to accept any pets on board Oonah
Is there a toilet on board?
As an open launch there is no toilet aboard Oonah – we recommend using the toilet ashore in the marina before departure!
How easy is it to get on the boat? Do you accept participants with restricted mobility?
Participants will need to walk down a marina ramp and along pontoons to get to the boat. There is also a large step down into the boat, so relatively good mobility is required. If you would like to discuss mobility requirements for a trip aboard Oonah please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss this further.
How far in advance can I book?
We accept bookings for Oonah around six weeks in advance. You can see available dates above.
Do you run in any weather conditions?
Oonah is a completely open boat, so we don’t run in weather conditions which might mean that you’ll get rained on or your food will be blown away! We will always call you the day before your trip to confirm it is going ahead and to discuss any bad weather forecast with you.
Are you COVID secure?
A cruise aboard Oonah is naturally very COVID secure as you are outside throughout the voyage. Our professional crew will wear masks when in close contact. We ask you wear a face mask as you board and disembark Oonah.
How many people can I bring aboard Oonah?
All our trips advertised on this page are for two people. For bespoke trips we can accept up to three adults; or two adults and two children (over 8) on request – please contact us for further details and pricing for these options.