Hobo Yachting offers comfort whilst learning, on our superbly maintained, 12 metre MOODY 422 Sail Training Yacht, “Happy Hobo”. Sailors of every ability are welcome aboard this extremely comfortable yacht with far more space than the average sailing school boat. Also, for those early and late season sailors, we have full central heating! Happy Hobo’s wide side decks and self tailing winches make her the ideal vessel for novices, and her multiple navigational aids mean that those with more experience can build upon their skills.
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 is 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. For comfort and safety we operate a total on-board no smoking policy on all courses, passages and cruises.
If you think that sailing means a diet of tinned food, then think again! We pride ourselves on the variety of home cooked and fresh food that we provide, and are also happy to cater for those with special dietary needs, e.g. vegetarian, provided we are informed in writing and receive adequate notice. 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! In the evenings clients are able to sample the excellent range of local pubs and restaurants ashore - popular haunts include The Anchor at West Cowes, The Jolly Sailor on the River Hamble or The King's Head at Lymington (all of which provide good food and lots of atmosphere!).
The yacht has a large double forecabin, a 2 berth cabin and there are also 2 berths in the very comfortable saloon; 4 of the berths are fitted with lee cloths. The skipper has a separate cabin and heads aft. There is a heads forward, and constant hot water is available either via the engine when on passage or through mains electricity immersion heater when in port. All necessary charts, pilot books and almanacs are carried and all safety equipment specified by the Department of Transport, including an 8 man life raft is on board the yacht.
We also 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 January and early February as layup maintenance months in order to preserve the standards that our customers have come to expect.