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Faversham...inc E.Swale, Harty Ferry, Oare Creek and Hollowshore

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign

Waypoint

None Given

Charts

Admiralty, 2571, 2572, SC5606

Rules & Regulations

Unknown

Hazards

Shellfish Beds in Swale and Approaches, All Creeks Dry.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover +0120 at Harty Ferry. MHWS 5.6m, MHWN 4.5m at Faversham.

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General Description

This article covers the facilities available for yachts and motorboats in the East Swale area. It is possible to follow the Swale all the way round into the Medway, passing under one lifting bridge in the process. It is beyond the scope of this article to describe the passage.

Keelboats wishing to remain afloat can find anchorages in the Swale itself around the area off Harty Ferry. There are very limited facilities here, and the anchorage is exposed to the East. In these conditions shelter can be found by pushing deeper into the Swale.

Boats prepared to take the ground can push into Faversham Creek which divides a short way in, with Faversham Creek branching off to port and Oare Creek to starboard.

Various boat facilities are available at the junction of these two creeks, with further boatyard facilities in Oare Creek itself.

Faversham Creek if followed to Faversham Town can offer many more facilities including a popular boatyard, some drying moorings either side of the Creek, and the historic town of Faversham which can offer all normal town facilities. Aficionados of Thames sailing barges will find plenty to look at round here. ... read more

Approach

Approach to this area is either made through the easterly entrance to the Swale which commences in the area to the north of Whitstable, or having negotiated the Swale from it's Western entrance near Sheerness in the Medway.

The Swale itself is not really a river, but a submerged valley, more of a Ria. It completely isolates the Isle of Sheppey and the tide flows into it from both ends. The opposing tidal forces meet somewhere in the region of Milton Creek, and it is important to note that the direction of the buoyage changes at this point. The red can port hand marks and the green conical starboard hand marks always follow the direction of the incoming tide. Pilotage directions: ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Anchorage or moorings can be had at Harty Ferry, Faversham Creek, Hollowshore, or Oare Creek, these are now described:

Harty Ferry. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

4 comments
Faversham at last.
Written by Barbados Billy | 25th Sep 2016
You read about the place but I have never been, until now. We took a rising tide up the well marked channel, feeling for the best water. The chart plotter with its dotted line over the drying mud is a good indication of the position of the gut. Reaching the swing bridge we tied up to a staging on the north bank. We were moved on as dredging was about to take place. Probably why there was space. We managed to find a few feet on the end of the "town quay". Most of this space was taken up by a tug and floating digger. We moved at soon as the water allowed as there was a big sign saying "sewer". Further downstream there was a space on the concrete wall with a ladder and that was our home for a day or so. Folk on the quayside offered us water and electric from their adjacent appartment. Thanks for their kindness.
Sunken Trawler - Be careful!
Written by Winston | 18th Aug 2016
Last year a 55 foot trawler sank in the East Swale on the South side of the channel between Harty Ferry and the Fowley Spit ECB. Parts of the trawler are visible at low water, so you could easily get into trouble if you tried to sail over it. A North Cardinal Buoy named Uplees has been laid to mark the wreck - you need to obey it.

Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 11th Apr 2014
These notes were updated April 2014. No Changes
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 19th Mar 2013
These notes were updated by Don T on 19th March 2013. The Faversham Spit Buoy (NCM) is now lit with a Q flash light otherwise very little has changed.
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