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.

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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.

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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.

Featured Harbour show all

Poole, Northern Harbour, Marinas, and River Frome to Wareham

Channel, West

The Sandbanks Yacht Company sponsor this page...

The entrance to Poole harbour has already been described in a previous article, this article deals with the Northern section of Poole harbour including the marinas and facilities.
Virtually anything for the boat can be achieved in this area, with a wide variety of marine businesses, including Sunseeker who's  Poole Factory must be one of the U.K.'s largest manufacturers.

It must be mentioned that any kind of alongside berthing in this area carries a fairly hefty pricetag. ... read more



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