Yes I use to moor my boats in the Hamble Marina. I personally think that the UK (when the climate is nice - and does not mean warm but just nice) is a lovely country to go about and look at places and the senery.
It is expenssive to go on a Ferry the similar (a bit cheaper) prices apply if you go to France via the Eurotunnel.
A return trip to Greece with a 7 mtr trailer and two people cost me last year about £1,500.00 return this price includs Eurotunnel, tolls, hotels (2 stays in France), petrol and Ferry from Anchona to Patras.
However, I think it worths the effort.
Just picture this:
The island is Kithnos
the place (a little cove) called Apokrousis (or Apokrisis),
One taverna the owners (a young couple) can cook ONLY goat with chips, goat with salad, goat with spagetti, goat with anything (but just goat) and this is excuisite dish served with fried aubergines, or courgiets and is wash down with their home-made from their own vinery wine with no preservatives or additives in it (VERY STRONG STAFF).
The beach all white sand and shalow (about 200-300 meters long) the boat 'No Limit Too' RI.
People on the beach: four (04) my wife, two children and my self, Temperature 27-30 deg C.
Water Temp 20-23 deg C.
Can you change that for anything else??
I think that I'm VERY spoiled!! LOLOL
Any way I think we are and libe in the UK so we have to put up with it and make the most of it!!
So the Hamble is VERY NICE as well as Whitesand Bay in Cornwall etc etc!!