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Beaulieu River and Bucklers Hard

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


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Admiralty 2021, 2036, SC5600   (links)

Rules & Regulations

5 Knts Speed Limit in River


Bar with less than 1m

Tidal Data Times & Range

Double HW at Springs long stand at Neaps, HW Springs(1st) -0030 Dover MHWS 3.7m MHWN 3.1m MLWN 1.6m MLWS 0.6m Tide Tables:   (links)

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General Description

Harbour Master tel 01590 616200 www.beaulieuriver.co.uk

For the visiting yachtsman or motorboater, the Beaulieu River can make an interesting change from the wall-to-wall marinas found elsewhere in the Solent area.  Entry is possible for most boats, other than at dead low water springs.
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The approach to Beaulieu River from seawards involves keeping a good offing, and making your final approach on a northerly heading.  There are plenty of shallows and drying areas awaiting the unwary,  so a good check of the charts and consultations with the tide tables will be needed.

From the West, once you have passed the West Lepe red can buoy (Fl.R.5s), you will come across three seasonal yellow spherical buoys laid at regular intervals of about 6 to 7 cables on a line 048T and all F.Y.4s  In poor visibility the problem will be which yellow buoy you are looking at and whether or not you’ve missed one!!

About the only guide one can offer is that the first two yellow buoys are to the SSW of the entrance (the old Coast Guard cottages) and the third one is to the SSE.  If you are navigating by GPS this will not be a major problem but if you are navigating by Mark I eyeball you will have to keep up a regular plot or you could end up on the putty.  Keeping well to seaward of the yellow buoys will help you avoid the shallows and if the buoys are missing (Dec to Mar) the charted position of the last one, just short of the leading marks is 50°46.6N 001°21.5W and approaching this waypoint on a generally northerly heading will serve equally well.

In general just be aware that drying patches and shallow water radiate southwards from Beaulieu Spit, and that approaching the entrance on a northerly heading from a distance off will clear all of this. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

For a visiting small craft mariner,  the mooring opportunities available in the Beaulieu River consist of  swinging moorings,  pile moorings and a small marina at Buckler's Hard.

Anchoring is not allowed in the River as it is too tight with moorings. There is a recognised anchorage in the first reach past the red post number 20, and off Gull Island, just out of the channel (to the north of the island and south of the channel). This is not very protected particularly with easterlies, and a long way from anywhere. A few white visitors mooring buoys are provided in this area. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 7th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. They haven't increased their prices for the coming season though an electric hook up if available will cost you £3.00
Update March 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 26th Mar 2014
These notes were reviewed March 2014 and the prices altered for the coming season
Re: High Prices in Beaulieu
Written by Beaulieu River | 29th Jul 2013
Thank you for your comments. We believe our charges for short stays are in line with other 5 Gold Anchor harbours and are charged according to the size of the vessel, with charges starting at £6 for a river mooring or £7.50 in the marina.

The Master Builder's House Hotel is under the management of Hillbrooke Hotels and we have no influence over their charges, although we are happy to provide them with your feedback.

The Beaulieu River Team
Updates 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 7th Jan 2013
"Beaulieu River and Bucklers Hard" has been updated by Don T on 7th Jan 2013.
There is extra racing buoyage to the SW of the entrance to the river which has necessitated a change to the "Approach" notes and there is a change to the scale of charges.
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High prices in Beaulieu
Written by MissMack | 18th Jul 2011
Reports from a reader, in YM Summer Issue:

Charged £14 for a one hour stay, (36' yacht)...then charged £10 for 2 pints of shandy and a half of Guiness at the Master Builder pub. You have been warned.

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