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Margate Harbour

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


None Given


Admiralty 1827, 1607, SC5606

Rules & Regulations



Harbour Dries, Exposed from W to N

Tidal Data Times & Range

Approx. Dover + 0110 MHWS 4.8m, MHWN 3.9m, MLWN 1.4m, MLWS 0.5m   (links)

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General Description

Margate Harbour is a small drying site with limited protection, lying a couple of miles to the west of North Foreland. It is only suitable for boats that can take the ground and sit reasonably upright as the bottom consists of fairly hard sand.(And the walls aren't yacht friendly). It is also really only suitable for shallow draught boats as parts of the harbour dry to around 3 m. It is protected by a large stone breakwater and can give protection from the Northeast, East, South and South West. There is no real protection from the West or Northwest, and shelter from the North is marginal.

For a quick stop off at high water it is suitable. If intending to dry out overnight a careful eye will be needed or the weather to make sure the wind doesn't swing round to the North West. ... read more


If coming from the East and passing or rounding the North Foreland the Mariner will most probably leave the red can Longnose Buoy on his port side. It is simply then a matter of heading West perhaps with a touch of South, (keeping well offshore to avoid rocky ledges), and locating and identifying the large and conspicuous northerly cardinal mark(Q) lying to the north of Margate. This marks the ruins of a pier that was wrecked by storms. To avoid the hidden remiains lurking under the surface keep well to seawards of this mark before turning in and aiming for the end of the breakwater with its conspicuous lighthouse (F.R). ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

The inside of the breakwater is not really suitable for laying a keelboat alongside, so the only other option for boats able to take the ground and sit upright is to anchor.

Using the chart as your guide nose in and find your spot. The bottom is clean hard sand, but if anchoring anywhere near moored boats it would be wise to buoy the anchor to avoid foulings. ... read more

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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 21st Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. There are no improvements to the facilities for visiting yachts here and none in the pipe line.
Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 11th Apr 2014
These notes were reviewed in April 2014 and no changes made.
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 19th Mar 2013
These notes were reviewed by Don T on 19th March 2013 and no changes made.
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