PEOPLE can enjoy the open seas thanks to a new yacht at Hartlepool Marina.
The marina has purchased a 41ft, eight berth motor sailing yacht called ‘It’ll Be Fine’ and are offering it out for private hire, complete with skipper.
Allan Henderson, director at Hartlepool Marina, said: “We’re very conscious that a lot of people don’t own boats, but would still like to get on the water.”
The move comes after the marina’s recent growth into watersports, and aims to offer something a little more relaxed.
The boat is capable of speeds of up to 14 knots and can be used for both leisure cruises and something a little more fast-paced.
Mr Henderson said: “The boat is quite capable of racing speeds and gives a great opportunity for people to experience life on the water.
“It’s a skippered charter, so you can relax and enjoy the seas, as no experience is necessary.”
The yacht has four double berths and Mr Henderson suggested it may be good for couples.
“There are lots of possibilities for its use,” he said.
“We have day trip options, where you go out to sea and come back within daylight, and explore the coastland, or you could think of it as a guest house on the water.
“A lot of the enquiries we’ve had so far have been from people looking to go down to Whitby in the morning, spend the afternoon and evening there, and sail back the next day.”
People wanting to travel a little further afield are also well catered for.
“Amsterdam is within reach. Obviously the sail is longer, but it is still possible on this boat, as are other destinations along the east coast heading south.
“The Farne Islands are also reachable, as is southern Scotland.
He added: “We’d been looking for a yacht like this for a while. We already have a boat that can be hired, but this yacht is aimed at a different market entirely.
“For many, being on a boat is still a novel experience, and we want to make that as accessible as possible.”