The fine yacht Salamander


Salamander the boat with illustrations
Luxury Yacht Hire Solent New Forest, The Fine Yacht Salamander

The Fine Yacht Salamander is a luxury sailing yacht available for hire on the Solent, New Forest. It is for exceptional guests who want an exceptional experience, we’ve teamed up with all round good folk, Chris and Sue who run the 58ft (very big) yacht Salamander from the (very smart) Berthon boat yards in Lymington.

By special arrangement they will host-you-with-the-most and take you off to secret and watery places unknown and undiscovered by most visitors.

We strongly recommend that our guests look at adding a short sailing charter to their visit to the area. It’s not cheap but it is amazing.


Up to 6/7 guests

Personally Visited?


Bedrooms / Cabins

Fore – Master Double Cabin, a “V” shaped double berth with optionsal further bunk bed for a small child.
Fore Bunk Cabin, 2 single berths.
Amidships Berth, the saloon converts into a comfortable double berth separated by a curtain

Bathrooms / Heads

Fore, 1 head with wash basin (can be en-suite to Forward Double Cabin)
Aft, 1 head with wash basin & shower 


Children are most welcome provided they are well behaved and properly supervised by adults.

For Kids 

Kids are welcome and there are lots of “ropes to learn” & numerous boat jobs for young & willing deckhands.

Special Stuff

Sail over to The Needles and anchor at sunset off one of the lovely beaches on that side of the Isle of Wight. Or on damp days, sneak up the misty, silent and idyllic Beaulieu River for a boaty picnic beside the watery and ancient oaks. 


Salamander is not suitable for pets, unless you have a green parrot that can say “Ahar me hearties!”

Mod Cons

21″ TV, DVD, CD player, Wi-Fi internet
Mobile Signal: Reasonable.

Arrivals & Departures

Arrival Day: Any day please ask.
Arrival is at 4.30pm and not before. Departure time is 8.30 am please.

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Salamander is a mighty lass. She’s roomy in the bottom and tall in the headroom department, rather like a kind teachers floating imagniorium; all wooden, shiny and set up for discovery on the inside whilst outside she’s gleaming white and silver on the outside.

Chris and Sue are great too. Chris (very tall), Sue (not so tall) manouvre around their lady with ease – and so they should – they sailed around the world in her fairly recently. 

They are consumate hosts. They know when to chat and be interested, how to listen and when to leave you alone – critical for a days adventure and relaxing. Sue was a lawyer and Chris was an architect but they threw it all in and bought an American RV van and drove it from Norway to Greece, whereupon they spied a boat and learnt to sail, and after quite a few miles in all of the worlds oceans, here they are now, ready for you to board ship…

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Celebtaion on Salamander

About the boat

Salamander has a warm pilot house with all round visibility. It’s the best place to people, bird and boat watch and up to 8 guests can sit very comfortably inside.

The interior is classically designed solid teak with a choice of places to relax, sit and dine, in the large upper pilot house or the little saloon below. Great for kids doing jigsaws and chatting to Sue as she cooks in the kitchen.

Food on board is bespoke and we will arrange with you what menus you’d like.

What else?

Salamander is a cutter rigged ketch offering plenty of different sail configurations for a safe passage in most weathers, sleeping as many as 8 people (but now Chris and Sue choose to only take 6 maximum) in comfort in 4 teak cabins, plus further accommodation for crew.

The yacht incorporates the best traditions of Nauticat’s ocean going capability together and is the largest in the Nauticat range with the emphasis put on designing a yacht suitable for advanced world-wide cruising. She has been refitted three times since 1990 and each time more modern yacht build ideas have been incorporated.

Where to go?

There are plenty of options. For overnight charters we recommend a trip that includes;

Yarmouth, a charming picturesque and historic harbour town in western Isle of Wight. The harbour lies right in the centre, allowing for a short and easy stroll ashore to visit the castle, the many pubs and a variety of places to eat, including the gorgeous George Hotel originally built in 1670 for Admiral Sir Robert Holmes, the Governor of the Isle of Wight, where you can choose to eat either in their Isla Restaurant, or The Conservatory. The latter enjoys superb panoramic views over their lawn and private foreshore of the Western Solent.

Beaulieu River

Discover the secrets of the beautiful Beaulieu River Beaulieu River, as far as Buckler’s Hard. The Beaulieu River is one of the few privately owned estuaries in the world. Peaceful and sheltered, the Beaulieu River offers tranquillity and picturesque displays of natural beauty. Its undeveloped banks play host to an exceptional variety of flora and fauna, where woodland gives way to tidal saltmarsh.

Buckler’s Hard

Developed into a hive of shipbuilding activity in the late 1700s. Shipbuilding here went into decline shortly after the Napoleonic wars, but the village has remained unspoilt by the passage of time. In the Maritime Museum you can discover the fascinating story of the village, its residents and the ships they built, including Nelson’s favourite warship HMS Agamemnon.

The Master Builder’s Hotel, now famed for its Quirky Luxury, had been the residence of the shipbuilder Mr Henry Adams, where now you can eat either in the Yachtsman’s Bar or the Riverside Restaurant on the picturesque bank of the Beaulieu River.

Bucker’s Hard is a great place from which to walk upstream along the bank of the Beaulieu River to Beaulieu itself, whether to enjoy a locally made ice cream, dine at the Michelin starred Terrace Restaurant in the Montagu Arms Hotel or to visit Beaulieu Palace and the famous Beaulieu National Motor Museum.

For the more energetic, cycling and kayaking tours can be arranged in the New Forest.


The historic maritime town is spilt into two by the River Medina. Cowes is world famous for all things to do with sailing, including international “Cowes Week”. There are many pubs, restaurants and places to visit. There are local museums where you discover more about the maritime and military histories of both Cowes and the Isle of Wight. Possibly the most famous attraction on the Isle of Wight is Queen Victoria’s former residence, the magnificent Osborne House, which sits just outside of East Cowes.

  • the secluded Newtown River, the heart of the National Trust’s National Newtown Nature Reserve,
  • the famous Isle of Wight Needles.


Although Salamander is a solidly-built sailing yacht weighing approximately 30 tons guests will have to be reasonably fit to climb aboard and wander around. There is a step, attached to Salamander, to facilitate getting on board, which lies 14“ above the pontoon. Crew will always be on hand to assist guests if required and they are very patient.

Once on board a further 2 steps, each 7” high, take you to the cockpit and aft deck area.

The deck is surrounded on all sides by a solid teak handrail. The height of the teak hand rail on the aft portion of Salamander’s deck is 27 “ high, with a horizontal stainless steel wire at half height. On the remainder of the deck area the teak handrail is 25” high, again with a horizontal stainless steel wire at half height.

To reach the main saloon from the cockpit, there are 5 steps approx. 10 “ high with a sturdy solid teak hand rail on each side to assist.

To proceed further to either the forward or aft sections of Salamander there are a further 2 steps, again each approx. 10” high.

Inside Salamander there are a number of strong hand holds in strategic locations.

Unfortunately wheelchair access is not possible.

Pricing and Availability

Please contact Chris or Sue on 07798 524111

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Salamander moored on the Beaulieu River, the jetty at Gins Barn, Master Builders Hotel and Restaurant in Bucklers Hard. Salamander Beaulieu River collage

Salamander coming into Lymington, map of Berthon and interior shot of main cabin.

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Salamander Collage