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Great Yarmouth (River Yare)

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Entrance 52:34'.30 N 001:44'.70 E


Admiralty 1543 Approach, 1534 Detail

Rules & Regulations

"Slow" Speed Limit, Maximum 7 knots


Narrow Harbour, Lots of Ship Activity, Outer Harbour works in progress.

Tidal Data Times & Range

Haven Bridge Approx Dover -0200 Range Gorleston MHWS 2.4m, MHWN 2.1m, MLWN 1.0m, MLWS 0.5m   (links)

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General Description

Great Yarmouth is built on spit of land between the sea to the East and the narrow River Yare to the West. The port was based on the herring fishing industry but nowadays is very busy with commercial activity concerned with servicing and supplying offshore gas rigs and wind farm services. ... read more


This is another one of those places where you really will need up to date charts to tackle the entrance. Not only are changes going on regarding the new outer harbour, but the nearby sandbanks offshore are constantly on the move.

The Admiralty chart warns that in a 2004 survey drying heights of 0.3m are being recorded where previous charts showed depths of 12 m.

Approaches from the South will involve using the well marked Holm Channel, or perhaps if coming from Lowestoft using Corton Road and Gorleston Roads. Let the chart be your guide.  Pilotage details: ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

It is a real shame that there are no more mooring facilities for the visiting yachtsman or motorboater below the bridge and near the town. What is available at present is a 50 m stretch of quayside just past the town hall on your starboard side and just before you get to Haven Bridge, which will need opening before you can pass under it. These berths lie about 2 miles upstream from the entrance.

A good look at the photos will show you that the quay consists of pilings and concrete, thus not being topside friendly. Fenderboards would be very useful.

The rise and fall of the tide is not that massive, little more than 1 m at neaps, and 2 m at Springs. The rate of flow however is considerable (4 Knts +) so any kind of lying alongside will need good spring ropes, and due care in the approach. If the tide is running hard under you beware of being swept into the lifting bridge. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson | 24th Mar 2017
There is no change here in respect of the welcome to the leisure skipper. The New outer harbour is still prohibited to non commercial traffic.
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 4th Mar 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2015. Some hyperlinks have changed but little else.
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Update 2103
Written by dononshytalk | 3rd Apr 2013
These notes were reviewed by Don T on the 3rd April 2013. There have been no changes apart from the closure of Bure Marine. The construction of the outer harbour continues but is still prohibited to all visiting traffic.
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Bure Marine is closed
Written by m | 16th Jun 2011
Bure Marine is closed.

I confirm that stay at the bridge was for free.
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Experiences at Great Yarmouth
Written by Bryant | 27th Dec 2010
More Info from Tony.B

I have transited GY twice, spending three nights there in the process. The first time I attempted to leave the
Broads system I was beaten back by heavy weather outside the harbour. I spent two nights on the wall
near the Haven Bridge and found it to be uncomfortable. The fender board I had was some 6 feet long but still
managed to catch on the piling.

The ladders up the wall are tricky and slippery.

There is a garage for petrol about a mile up the road to the east but it's a long walk back with a full outboard tank!

There is a Starbucks and a couple of fair pubs behind the Star Hotel. The Star Hotel itself was mediocre but I understand it is being refurbished.

The harbour staff and CG were very helpful and I wasn't charged at all. I believe this to be common practice for yachts entering or leaving the Broads system but may not apply to visitors.

My second attempt to leave the Broads meant another uncomfortable night on the wall but the trip to Wells was successful at second attempt.

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