It's not so much the ferry, an efficient high capacity affair, as the pier that is the attraction here. Or to be more specific still, the pier railway.
Built in 1922 (making it the world's oldest pier train) this "Heath Robinson" contraption rattles its way up and down the pier on weekdays transporting people to and from the ferries.
Look out for the seat that HM King George VI sat in when he visited the area on the 24th May 1944, shortly before D-Day.
If nothing else the tramway must represent one of the easiest ways of tearing yourself away from the New Forest and back to the big city; Southampton in this case.