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Portishead Marina and approaches to River Avon

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Admiralty, 1179, 1859, SC5608

Rules & Regulations

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Plenty..Fierce Tides, Shipping, Narrow Channels, Drying Areas

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover -0405 MHWS 13.1 MHWN 9.7   (links)

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General Description


Portishead Marina 
tel 01275 841941 VHF #80

Portishead Docks were once used for servicing adjacent power stations, but with the closure of these a Marina has been built within the locked dock. This is a fairly recent development having been commenced in 2000.

Portishead Marina is now fully established and is strategically important spot for those intending to push on up the River Avon to Bristol, or up the Severn to Sharpness. Due to the extremely tidal nature of the area it has always been very important for small craft to find somewhere safe to await the correct tidal conditions before proceeding to these two places. The Marina now provides this, beforehand the only option was an extremely exposed anchorage. Full Marina services including fuel are available. ... read more


If approaching from the West the yachtsman or motorboater needs to be acutely aware of shipping approaching Avonmouth, Royal Portbury Docks or heading for The Avon (or vice versa). It is mandatory to keep listening watch on VHF channel 12 for Bristol VTS but it is no longer necessary for you to call them apart from when exiting the River Avon

Pilotage Directions...

The Portishead Cruising Club produces a very useful guide available here, you will have to locate the pilotage guide from the menu at the side: ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Marina staff will give you berthing instructions as you pass through the lock. Prices (2016) here work out at £2.70 per metre per night, with a minimum fee of £23.00.The minimum fee is to cover the lock operation, and the same price applies to short stays.

In the days before the Marina small craft waiting for a suitable tide would have to anchor in Portishead Pool to the north-east of Portishead Pier, in depths of around 3 m. This option is still available but not recommended. Note on the chart the areas bounded by the pecked lines, any anchoring must be done within these limits. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 29th Apr 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2106. They've added some more pontoons and upped their prices.
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Udate 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 19th Feb 2013
These notes were updated by Don T on the 19th February 2013. Prices were updated for the 2013 season. NB it is no longer necessary for yachties to talk to Bristol VTS at all, except when emerging from the River Avon, but it is still mandatory for you to monitor channel 12 in these waters.
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