Comprehensive Sailing Directions for UK Harbours with free Nautical Charts

Awarded a Gold Site Maritime Web AwardThis site is an online pilotage guide, here to provide timely and detailed information about the various ports and harbours, estuaries, rivers and inlets around the coasts of the UK and Ireland. For those arriving by boat.

"research and plan here ...then navigate using one of our electronic chart packages"
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    In depth research for those prepared to dig in                                   Mobile friendly quick access to basic info  




Impartial and original information...  free to use

300 Harbours: Each harbour (NOT JUST marinas) has full sailing directions, free charts, and photo galleries. All mooring options are covered, including: prices, local facilities, provisioning, launching places, pubs and dining. Plus 7 day weather and 2018 tide tables.   Interactivity   Logged in visitors can leave comments and information.

Access via the Regions menu on the left,

Or  Click here to browse through all harbours

Or: Access them via  VMH lite  Harbours will appear as clickable markers


NEW !  Seamless online VisiCharts that Lay up to date charts over Google Earth satellite imagery. (With variable transparency  3D, "head up" view)  Plenty of members have told us that this innovative service is worth joining for alone. ..Click HERE






"For Nav" buy and keep products:


Beautiful offline "For Nav" raster chart packages for some great 3rd party programs and apps from just £7.99 !   All made in the UK by us, backed up by phone support if needed. Buy and keep, download or physical products.  CLICK HERE  for overview


Marine Navigator                 qtVlm                    SeaClear              OpenCPN               Polar View           Expedition    

Supported programs include navigation, AIS, simulation and even weather/tide routeing. YOU choose the program.

UK and other European chart coverage.





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See charts in 3D overlaid onto satellite imagery with variable transparency. Online VisiCharts for members only
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             Other free online services for you to try right now:

Proper monthly tide tables, not just the next few days..Got a marine shoukd be in's free. 4000 businesses listed by category area and harbourBoating related articles and videos
Proper Tide Tables                                      Marine business directory                                    Articles & Videos
  User entries on longer accepted



Quick product links:   Android: Marine Navigator Charts    "Turn Key" Android Chartplotters    Charts for SeaClear...simple and reliable ChartSticks for OpenCPN   Unified Charts   qtVlm- the new Nav, Weather and Simulator program  Tidal Stream Utility for Windows    Hardware  AIS for Windows, Macs and Android chart-plotters

All charts used online and in products are derived from Official British or SHOM raster charts and licensed by the UKHO/SHOM. We recommend always using Admiralty paper charts in conjunction with any electronic navigation systems.
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Featured Harbour show all

Chichester Harbour, Eastern Sector (3)


This article deals with the far eastern side of Chichester Harbour, including Birdham Pool, Chichester Marina, and Dell Quay.

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