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Whitstable Harbour

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Flag, Red Ensign


Whitstable Street Buoy: 51:23'.86 N 001:01'.60 E Approx. Position


Admiralty, 2571, 1607, SC5606

Rules & Regulations

Permission Required to Enter


Busy Fish and Commercial Harbour, Yachts not welcome. Dries.

Tidal Data Times & Range

Dover +0135 MHWS 5.4m, MHWN 4.3m, MLWN 1.5m, MLWS 0.6m

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General Description

Whitstable is a drying harbour turned over to commercial and fishing use only. It lies between the Eastern entrance to the River (Ria) Swale and Herne Bay.

It is under the control of the Canterbury City Council with a local harbourmaster in residence. Small coasters use it shifting aggregates and timber, work boats servicing the nearby wind farm are based here, while a busy fishing fleet occupies the rest of the space. Much of the quay space is devoted to the landing and processing of whelks and oysters, so you can imagine the smell that will assail your nostrils.

Berthing for yachts within this grubby and busy haven is only granted temporarily with prior permission of the harbour master. Small boat Mariners caught in a bad blow and unable to press on may be able to obtain refuge within. Just bear in mind that the approach is shallow, the harbour dries to soft mud at LWS and that the  walls are totally unsuitable for a small yacht to lean against. (Without adequate fenderboards etc.)  Furthermore strong onshore winds will send a swell into the harbour. ... read more


Before attempting any entry it is essential to contact the Whitstable harbourmaster.

He can be reached on VHF channel 09 and is on duty from three hours before high water to one hour after high water. The callsign is " Whitstable Harbour Radio". Alternatively the harbour office can be contacted on 01227 274086. A link to their website is provided: ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

After having obtained permission to enter the harbour, seek the harbour master's advice about where to berth your boat to cause the least disruption.

Your Ratings & Comments

Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 22nd Mar 2016
This is still a commercial harbour with no provisions for yachties.
Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 15th Apr 2014
These notes were reviewed in April 2014. Whitstable remains a small commercial harbour and does not have any facilities for a yachtsman and should still only be viewed as a "bolt hole" if your circumstances require you to get into a harbour sharpish.
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 21st Mar 2013
These notes were reviewed by Don T on the 21st March 2013. The situation here is unchanged and yachtsmen should only consider this port in an emergency. Any plans for a yacht haven here are very much on the back burner. NB the sector light here has been discontinued.
General Descripion
Written by peejaybee1 | 24th Jun 2012
The harbour is controlled by Canterbury City Council and not County Council.

Yachts would be ill advised to enter the harbour for the purpose of berthing except in emergency, as there are more powerful service vessels for the offshore wind farms, at least six of them now, leaving little room for the existing fishing vessels to moor up.

The Thames barge Greta is there for excursions during the summer months; her normal overwintering berth is at Faversham
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