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Watchet Harbour (and Marina)

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign

Waypoint

Harbour Entrance 51:11.00 N 003:19'.64 W

Charts

Admiralty, 1160, SC5608

Rules & Regulations

Unknown

Hazards

Unsafe Entry in Strong Onshore Conditions, Rocky Ledges extend well offshore.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover-0455 MHWS 11.3m MHWN 8.5m MLWN 3.6m MLWS 1.0m   (links)

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General Description

Contacts

Watchet Harbour Marina tel 01984 631264 VHF # 80  www.watchet-harbour-marina.com
Watchet & Minehead HM tel 07528 208758

Watchet Harbour Marina in Somerset is another of the very few places along this stretch of coast where a small craft can enter relatively easily, and remain afloat (entry only possible a couple of hours either side of HW). Again in common with all this coast entry is not possible in strong onshore winds.

Watchet is about 80 miles further into the Bristol Channel/Severn Estuary from Padstow in North Cornwall. In the right weather a 24-hour trip will get you here, and this could be a good place to rest up and take stock before pushing onwards.

Not that long ago Watchet was a small working (and drying) harbour, handling coasters. In the photo gallery you'll see ships lying alongside where the Marina is now. ... read more

Approach

For the yachtsman or motorboater the approaches to Watchet are reasonably straightforward but the powerful tides are very significant, and need to be allowed for.

If approaching from the North, (say Cardiff), the Culver Sands need to be avoided. They are marked either end by Cardinal buoyage, and lay about 6 miles to the NNE of Watchet. This shallow patch is not shown on our chart which covers the closer approaches only.

To the east of Watchet there is a firing practice area (Lilstock Range), but there are no restrictions on passing through (the area is used by the a/c from RNAS Yeovilton and you can contact their operations on 01935 840551 ext 5497 or 5498 to find out if it is active) To the west of Watchet there are two very conspicuous radio masts.

Further Pilotage Details... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Once within the outer harbour, the Marina entrance is immediately to port...

Probably it would be wise to call them on VHF channel 80 or telephone 01984 631264 before approaching the outer harbour. A link to the Marina's website is provided below: ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

6 comments
dredgings
Written by Peter Hull | 13th Dec 2017
There have been issues of depths of water varying markedly in different parts of the Marina for some time

Just be aware at times you may not find as much water in the Marina as you expect.

Probably best to contact the Marina Office to get an update before you plan your trip.
Anchoring and Approach
Written by OldManOfTheHills | 27th Sep 2017
There is a very ancient and good anchorage at Blue Anchor Bay 2.5 miles to the West for those awaiting the tide to get into Watchet. Onshore winds represent a difficulty entering Watchet but powered craft can still enter in the hands of bold but careful skippers in moderate F5 weather
Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 29th Apr 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2016. As has been said by our member below, the gates are working and they have had a dredge. All that has changed is the price for a night's stop.
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All now working
Written by Beccaboo | 25th Apr 2016
Hi there, just been into Watchet. The gates are now fully operational and the marina have dredged the basin which made it a great place to visit. The facilities in the village are second to none.
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Watchet A delightful town, but.be aware.....
Written by yachtman | 22nd Jan 2015
In September 2014 the flap gate to the marina was damaged and is still out of order Jan 2015, and expected to remain so for the near future.

Stop boards have been put in however it has been commented on boating forums nearly all boats now dry out.
dredging is due to take place in the coming months.

On a navigational point, the WALLS of light at the end of the W pier is painted RED when one might expect it to be green.

So if you cant take the mud, a visit on the tide is the way forward.
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 19th Feb 2013
These notes were updated by Don T on the 18th Feb. 2013. Prices were updated for the 2013 season.
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