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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 2016 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 Google Earth if you have it installed. Harbours will appear as clickable markers
Firstly, how many websites have a service centre that you can drop into ? We do ! Open Feb-Dec at 36 Cowes High Street, opposite Henri Lloyd. We are very approachable and easy to get hold of. We answer your emails and phone calls promptly all year round...( our contact details here) . Here's a selection of the type of enquiries we get and answer cheerfully.. You SAID.. we SAID
Membership: Enjoy what you see on this website ? Join our other 3974 paid members (May 2016), including some very well known sailing "names".. A one off payment of £25 gets you ongoing membership. No more to pay. Access 1667 "Full Screen" charts online, on PC, Mac or iPad. See chart listings. Use for planning and research. Members have access to our own remarkable online VisiCharts that Lay UK/Irish 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. Look at what else you get in the "Members Only" area...Click HERE
Buy and keep OFFLINE "For Nav" chartpacks
This system will turn your PC into a powerful GPS / AIS compatible chartplotter
plus allow you additional Android tablet/phone installations...handy for out in the cockpit
UK and other European chart coverage
Download prices from £22/£32 (members/non-members) for 800+ UK/Ireland charts, other areas available, inc. France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal... see coverage maps and prices HERE
A raster chart system that will work with Windows programs: SeaClear (free), OpenCPN (free), Polar Navy and Expedition . By automated download... up and running in an hour. Also available on secure USB with floating license.
Ideal for the new breed of Windows 10 touchscreen tablets, as well as larger machines.
Marine Navigator ANDROID charts are bundled for free with all Windows Unified Charts packages
Find out more: Click HERE
Only want Android ? ... don't want to use big screen on Windows ?
Android chart plotter: Android tablets with the RIGHT app can make a great stand alone chart plotting system.. self contained with GPS, quick starting, full navigation facilities. We've worked with Ronald Koenig, the developer of the cracking "Marine Navigator" Android app. App costs about £6 from Play Store. UK-IRL chartsets available as Android only download £7.99 members/£14.99 non members. Other area coverage available . (Android charts are already bundled with ALL Unified Chart packages above)
Best selling legacy Windows products still available:
"Charts for SeaClear UK/IRL" at £29.50 is without a doubt the cheapest way for you to get 800+charts plus tried and tested chart plotter software (AIS and GPS compatible) ...all in one easy to use package that will turn multiple PCs/ laptops (and also Android tablets) into a real time chartplotters. Years tide tables built in. This is IDEAL for those new to electronic navigation, who want a simple to install and use starter system.
The VisitMyHarbour "ChartStick" a portable, easy to use way of providing "For Navigation" Raster charts, that are compatible with some fantastic free (or very cheap) navigation programs. OpenCPN and Polar View
With tidal flows in the entrance reaching speeds of up to 7.5 Knts at springs, the windows for departure and entry are small. The period of slack water is only around 15 mins, so for the stranger, entry is limited to an approach in daylight, at around the turn of the tide. Do not approach in strong (above F4) onshore winds as breaking seas can extend well over a mile SE of the entrance. Even in much calmer conditions standing waves may be encountered, see the video in the "Approach" section.
Once within the lough, there are untold sheltered anchoring and mooring opportunities, including the small marina at Portaferry near the entrance.
The sea lough itself covers 150 sq km, the largest in the British Isles. The narrows open out into gentler waters with 70 islands. Countless tidal rocky outcrops called pladdies (some visible and many just under the surface) litter the lough and mudflats, along with marshes, rocks, bays and headlands. The lough is a conservation area and its abundant wildlife recognised internationally for its importance.
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