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Flag, Red Ensign


56 27.3 N 002 40.0 W


AC 1481 River Tay; SC 5617; Imray C23 East Coast of Scotland; Imray C 70 Southern North Sea

Rules & Regulations

None known


Tidal entrance with narrow channel. Barry Buddon Ranges on the north shore of the estuary entrance.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW at the Bar (off the mouth of the Tay Estuary) is about an hour before HW Aberdeen. MHWS 5.2m MHWN 4.2m MLWN 1.9m MLWS 0.7m. Ingoing stream is about 2hours before HW Dover and the outgoing stream about 4 hours after HW Dover   (links)

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General Description

Tayport Harbour Trust  Berthing Master  07811328955  http://www.tayportharbour.org.uk/ ... read more


Tayport is tidal and access is about 3.5 hours either side of High Water except for shallow draft boats. When this and the currents outside in the Tay Estuary are taken into account there is a fairly narrow time window open to the visiting sailor to arrive at the outer buoys.  If the wind is foul and you are using your engine then it will take about an hour to transit from the buoys depending on your speed through the water so basically you have to do your sums carefully. Currents on the charts are given as 1.9 kts on springs but that is out where it is fairly wide - nearer to Tayport you can expect 3+ kts at half flood.   Outbound will be even more interesting as you will want to get out through the harbour entrance as soon as there is enough water; but that will mean pegging an adverse tide all the way down to the outer buoys to get round the sand spits which you will reach about the turn of the tide at HW. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

We would reccommend that you contact the Berthing Master on his mobile before departing for this harbour (there is also an email address given on the harbour website (above))  This will resolve the issue of where to clew up and also ease your way into the harbour facilities. ... read more

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Further Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 6th Apr 2016
The erstwhile dayglow red lead-in marks have been re-coloured Yellow
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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 6th Apr 2016
These notes were updated in the autumn of last year and no other changes were necessary.
Update November 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 9th Dec 2015
The installation of Showers and toilets mentioned by Rawnie below has been included in the text
update for Tayport
Written by Rawnie | 5th Nov 2015
The Harbour Trust have now installed a shower and flushing toilet.
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