Comprehensive Sailing Directions for UK Harbours with free Nautical Charts

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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 tide times.   Interactivity   Logged in visitors can leave comments and information.

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Featured Harbour show all

Dover (Port of...), inc. Marina and Anchorage

Channel, East

Dover is well know for being the busiest port in England, anyone that has sailed past it will confirm this. Constant ferry traffic, including fast cats, enters and leaves in a steady stream. Nevertheless this is not a yacht unfriendly place.

Since the Channel Tunnel ferry traffic has declined a little, and purpose-built marinas have been developed and established since the early 90s.

Dover is most certainly a harbour of refuge, and anchorage is available within to wait out foul weather. For a short stay the all tide dredged marina is easy to enter and close to the town facilities. For a longer stay it is possible to lock in to the additional marina facilities in Granville Dock. This could be a real option if you need to leave the boat for a length of time, as shelter is perfect, and prices are reasonable. ... read more

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