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

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Western Entrance 51:06'.774 N 001:19'.777 E Eastern Entrance 51:07'.258 N 001:20'.753 E Both Approx. Mid Entrance


Admiralty 1698, SC5605

Rules & Regulations

Boats MUST have permission before approaching or entering, see text. 8 Knts speed limit Main Harbour, 4 knts Marina


Constant Ferry Traffic

Tidal Data Times & Range

MHWS 6.7m MHWN 5.3m, MLWN 2m MLWS 0.8m. Tide-tables:   (links)

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General Description

Dover Port Control tel 01304 206063 VHF #74 
Dover Marina tel 01304 241 663 VHF #80

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


Dover is unmistakable whichever direction you approach it from. It lies about 2 miles south west of South Foreland. If you can't spot the castle and the huge breakwaters, you will certainly spot the constant ferry traffic.

The port consists of a large outer harbour where the cross-channel car ferries have their lair in the north-eastern corner. There are two entrances East and West, with the car ferries tending to use the Eastern entrance. Anchorage can be had in this outer harbour area.

If you think you can escape the commercial traffic by using the Western entrance think again because the fast catamarans use this one... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

The anchorage has already been described above, and for waiting out bad weather it is adequate. There is plenty of room but it is subject to wash and surge, and thus not the most comfortable of places. You also need to stay with your boat and not leave it unattended at any time. Yachtsmen and motorboaters normally make straight for the marina, located in the inner harbour.

Entering the inner harbour has already been described and is straightforward, bearing in mind what has already been said about the excavated channel at low water and not cutting corner when turning to starboard into the tidal harbour. Anchoring is prohibited anywhere within the inner harbour. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Anchorage in the outer harbour not allowed due to exclusion zone
Written by Mark_7654 | 7th Jul 2017
Anchorage in the outer harbour not allowed due to exclusion zone for new marina piling and dredging work. Seems it will be like that all Summer 2017. Check Dover Port NtMs before planning on anchoring.

Overnight stay 1st April
Written by Jaypea | 11th May 2017
Contacted Port Control about 2miles out with boat info and preferred entrance. We were asked to keep well to North side and call them when we were about 2mins out for confirmation of entry. All smooth and we headed across the outer harbour to the marina. Allocated a spot in the tidal marina we found costs reasonable, staff friendly and helpful, good local info and guidance available. Facilities were a bit of a trek from the boat but good enough quality. There is a petrol station over the road for those able to top-up with cans.
Upon departure, Port Control need to know your preferred exit and onward destination....I think this avoids folk leaving West for convenience then heading East across the ferry lanes without them knowing!
There is a huge development project underway which will see the marina move into what is currently part of the Outer harbour with two of the three current marinas being filled in !!!! Yes, really!! Little impact on us in 2017 by the looks of it but 2018 may be a different story.
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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 15th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. Prices have been held to the 2015 levels and these have been noted.
Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 8th Apr 2014
We have updated these notes April 2014. Prices have gone up by about 10p per metre across the board.

NB. The NCM in position 051 06.85N 001 19.7E was removed in February 2014 following the dredging of the wreck bank between it and the Southern Breakwater. There is now a Least Depth of 7 metres over that bank. It is to be expected that the tidal flow around the outer harbour may be affected by this and when things have settled down they will be doing a new tidal survey during the spring and summer. The Port Notice to Mariners 02/14 refers.
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 14th Mar 2013
The information on Dover was checked and updated by Don T on 14th March 2013. No major changes and prices have been updated for the 2013 season
Written by sagitta | 23rd Apr 2012
Great, thank you, very useful. However, just for your info, the Dutch translation is close to incomprehensible.
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