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Falmouth 2, St. Mawes, Percuil River

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Castle Buoy (Green, Fl.G 2.5s) 50:08'.94 N 05:01'.6 W


Admiralty, 32, 154, 18, SC5602 SC5912

Rules & Regulations

Vessels over 15m by arrangement only for moorings.


Harbour Dries Out, Oyster Beds In River

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover -6.10 MHWS 5.3m MHWN 4.2m MLWN 1.9m MLWS 0.6m   (links)

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General Description

St.Mawes is a bit off the main holiday track, and is not overdeveloped or commercialised. It was once a fishing village, and enjoys a particularly mild climate. All day-to-day needs can be met ashore here, and from the sailor's point of view it offers a good protected anchorage (and some moorings) when the wind is from the easterly quadrant.

For the shallow draught boat or bilge keeler prepared to take the ground, the Percuil River offers an interesting cruising area away from the crowds. The River winds inland as far as Percuil, drying out to a large extent. The intrepid explorer needs to take care not to wander into the oyster beds. ... read more


Once the Castle Buoy (Green Fl.G.2.5s) has been identified an easterly/north-easterly course is set. Be sure to identify the yellow and black St.Mawes southerly cardinal buoy, (Q (6)+L Fl 15s), as this marks the only danger in the entrance, Lugo Rock with 0.6 m at LAT. This must be left on your port side as you enter. Follow a central track up the river, and the small drying harbour of St Mawes will be seen on the northern shore. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Anchoring is possible on the north side of the inlet, off the beach, keeping clear of the moorings and leaving a fairway for the small passenger ferries that ply between St. Mawes and Falmouth. On the South side of the entrance to St Mawes between Carricknath and Amsterdam Points, yachtsmen and motorboaters are asked to refrain from anchoring too close in, and this voluntary restriction is aimed at protecting an eelgrass bed, that extends outwards to a depth of 3 m. If you anchor in deeper waters there is no problem. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 3rd May 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in May 2016. No changes were made; not even the prices!!
Update March 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 13th Mar 2014
St Mawes took a bit of damage this winter but nothing significant and all will be well for the summer. No changes to the 2013 prices
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 30th Jan 2013
The harbour notes for Falmouth 2 were updated on 3oth January 2013. There are no significant changes and the prices have been adjusted for the 2013 season
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