HM (James Henderson) 01261 815544, mob 07770646115, VHF #12 www.banffmarina.com
Banff Sailing Club www.banffsailingclub.co.uk/
Buccaneer Ltd (Chandlery) 01261 835199
Macduff Shipyards 01261 832234
Banff harbour, situated opposite Macduff on the west side of Banff Bay, is the most easterly of the marinas on this coast. The harbour was first established here between the sixteenth and the eighteenth century although there had been a castle here since medieval times. Like all the other towns on this coast it was a hive of activity during the heyday of the herring fishing industry and was connected to the railway system in the mid nineteenth century (it still has a “Railway Inn” on the bluff overlooking the harbour) and the central pier is still, sometimes, referred to as the “Railway Pier”. That railway was, of course, Beechinged! ... read more
Fin keelers should be able to enter the harbour four hours either side of HW.
You will see from the chart that the lead-in marks bring one in from the South East over fairly shallow water. We have given a Way Point on the two meter line but most skippers tend to line up from much closer in towards the entrance. The approach to this harbour has to take into account any swell from the North and the rocks which lie off the North wall and East Wall. In virtually any conditions you would be wise to clear away for entering harbour somewhere just inside the 5 meter contour to the NE of the harbour mouth (out of the swell) and then lay a course for a point about fifty yards to the SE of the entrance, running with the swell. You then have to line up with the harbour mouth, crack on a bit of speed, and judge the lateral movement as you run in; in a heavy swell and from half ebb onwards you will need quite heavy helm corrections and in some conditions the Harbour Master may suggest you go to Macduff! ... read more
Visitors are moored on the first pontoons on the right as you pass the “Railway Pier” or on the next hammerhead along. For larger 10meter+ boats the berths against the North wall of the inner pier are used when available. The charge unless you have an Aberdeen Council “Rover” pass was £20 per night but that includes electrical hook up, water and showers.
It is possible to anchor out in the bay but is reputed to be very uncomfortable. ... read more