Harwich forms the entry point for both River Orwell and River Stour. The Haven ports including Felixstowe, Harwich, and Ipswich handle an incredible amount of heavy shipping, mainly containers. Any yachtsmen or motorboaters planning to use or pass through Harwich on their way up one of rivers needs to be very much aware of their rights and obligations regarding the commercial shipping entering and leaving Harwich, further details supplied later..
Within the area covered by this article there are a couple of mooring opportunities for small boats, firstly a pontoon thoughtfully provided by the harbour authorities not far from the control tower on the southern (Harwich) shore. Secondly, Shotley Point Marina lies almost directly opposite this on the northern shore. Both these facilities are just within the River Stour. ... read more
Any kind of approach to Harwich is going to involve dealing with the shipping channel and the enormous container ships (and fast ferries) that are in and out every day and night.(Check out the size of these levithians in the photo gallery). These vessels are constrained by their drafts, furthermore when they are stacked up with containers the visibility forwards from the bridge is very limited at close quarters. It is the duty of leisure craft to keep out of their way and not impede them, and to aid this recommended small craft tracks have been established, showing clearly on the charts. There is a chart on the Harwich website (link below) but it is just a schematic diagram and we supply an up-to-date of the Admiralty Chart on this site which is better.
Moorings in this area consist of Halfpenny Pier, and Shotley Point Marina. Full details including prices follow:
In the area covered anchoring is prohibited in the fairway or within 200 feet of the edges from Parkstone Quay in the Stour out to the Rolling Ground Buoy.
It may be possible to find an Anchorage on the northern shore of the Stour off Shotley, tucked in behind the trots of moorings and near to the pier and Shotley Sailing Club. Obviously not a place to leave the boat unattended.
If aiming for Halfpenny Pier (see photo gallery), be aware that it is offered on a first-come first-served basis. Rafting up is permissible but the area is subject to swell and wash so good fendering will be needed. Obviously this is no place to take root, but suitable for daytime stops and maybe overnight... ... read more
These notes were reviewed and updated by Don in March 2015. Only change is to a small increase in the prices at Shotley Point Marina.
Note Wolverstone Marina mentioned in the note of 2011 (below) is covered by us in the Orwell River section
Written by dononshytalk | 4th Apr 2013
These notes were reviewed by Don T on the 4th April 2013. The only changes necessary were to prices, the navigation advice remains the same.
Tom Webb, around Britain on a 21' Beneteau 2011
Written by Tom Webb Sailing | 31st Oct 2011
5-6/7 – Harwich – Wolverstone marina is a very pretty marina about an hour down the river past Shotley, approaching you have to stay in the small vessel channel following the recommended yacht track, the commercial port is very busy, it’s good to listen to the VTS on channel 14 to see what ships are heading out and coming in. Another thing you have to be aware of is in strong onshore breezes the wind tends to funnel through the harbour which caused a lot of trouble for me as I left with 40 knots of wind in the harbour and as I headed North out of the lands shadow I had a dramatic decrease to about 30knots. Wolverstone is a very nice marina; it has a chandlery, restaurant and everything you ever need.