Comprehensive Sailing Directions for UK Harbours with free Nautical Charts

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Free harbour coverage, with charts, photos, local info and pricesHarbours: 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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All charts used online and in products are derived from Official British raster charts and licensed by the UKHO. We recommend always using Admiralty paper charts in conjunction with any electronic navigation systems.

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Featured Harbour show all

Isle of Man-Ramsey and Laxey

Wales, NW England, IoM

Laxey Harbour Keeper                 tel no   01624 861663
Ramsey Harbour Keeper    VHF 12    tel no   01624 812245
Manx Sailing & Cruising Club          tel no   01624 813494

Both Laxey and Ramsey harbours dry at Low Water and are only suitable for yachts that can take the ground; Laxey in particular is small and really only viable for small cruisers.  Both harbours lay out a couple of visitors’ buoys during the sailing season but in both cases these are a fair way (over half a mile) from the harbour mouth so you would need an outboard for your tender.  Both harbours are difficult to enter in Easterly conditions and, obviously, their visitors’ moorings should not be considered in these conditions either.

Laxey harbour was originally built to service the mines inland (with the famous wheel) but nowadays is only used by small local boats and some inshore fishing boats. The small inner harbour is usually full of these local boats but you can generally find an alongside, drying berth at the South Pier. The entrance faces South and has small light towers on the end of each pier (banded green and red appropriately); inside the entrance, on the north side there is a training wall down the side of the channel marked by green unlit perches (see photograph gallery). The main attraction here is the large water wheel but to be honest if your reason for coming here is to visit this famous relic of the nineteenth century you should be warned that it is a long way inland and you’d probably be better off going to Douglas and taking the scenic electric railway trip from there!  The area around the harbour is mainly residential though you’ll be relieved to hear that there is a pub! Laxey does have a small sailing club and, when it is open, welcomes visitors.

On the other hand Ramsey harbour is a popular port for the yachting fraternity and is home to a fishing fleet also running commercial operations from its East Quay. You should contact the Harbour Keeper for berthing instructions; if he doesn’t reply on VHF 16/12, address your call to Douglas who will alert him. Obviously it would be more convenient for every one if you give him a ring during office hours and warn him that you are coming. ... read more


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