HAPPY HOBO is a spacious 12 metre MOODY Sail Training Yacht which is based at Southampton’s Ocean Village Marina for RYA Sail Training Courses. Our sailing area for RYA Courses is the Solent.
HAPPY HOBO is very well equipped and extremely spacious; this makes learning on board both a comfortable and enjoyable experience. The ideal cabin layout ensures privacy for those who value it, and because on all our RYA courses there are never more than 5 students on an 8 berth boat, there is plenty of room for stowage of personal kit, which avoids having to “live out of your bag” as is often the case on smaller yachts. The yacht has a large double fore cabin with its own separate entrance to the en suite heads, another two berth cabin, and two berths in the very spacious saloon. Occasionally you may be expected to share a cabin with another student of the same sex, however, we can guarantee you a single cabin for a supplement of £200 for a 5 day course. There are toilet and washing facilities forward, and constant hot water is available. The yacht is fully centrally heated – a “must” for early and late season sailing. We do not include mooring fees in our basic price, but you will find that the schools that do usually spend one or two nights either at anchor or on a mooring buoy, thus denying clients the luxury of a hot shower at the end of a busy day! Also, we find that our customers like to have wifi available to keep in touch with home and business, and you don’t tend to find this facility on a mooring buoy! We also have plenty of electrical sockets on board for laptop and mobile charging. Mooring fees are shared between clients and are approximately £60pp for a 5 day course.
On a 5 day practical course breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea with cake are served on board, with the washing up as part of the service! We are able to cater for vegetarian and special diets providing we are informed in writing when booking. One of the most popular features of our courses are the discussion sessions that we have over breakfast and lunch - Ken Campling, your instructor, has worked commercially in the sailing world for most of his adult life, it is a “proper job” to him, not a hobby, therefore, he has a wealth of experience to bring to the table, and can answer questions on all sorts of sailing topics, which is often not the case with new, inexperienced instructors. In the evening clients are able to sample the excellent range of local pubs and restaurants ashore – popular haunts include The Anchor at West Cowes, The Bugle on the River Hamble or the King’s Head at Lymington (all of which provide good food and lots of atmosphere!) We pride ourselves on the level of constant maintenance on our boat, in fact unlike many sailing schools who work their boats week in and week out, we allocate December, January and February as layup maintenance months, in order to preserve the standards that our customers have come to expect.