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Cowes Harbour

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign

Waypoint

Harbour Entrance 50:46'.08N 001:17'.93W

Charts

Admiralty 2036, 2793, SC5600

Rules & Regulations

6 Knts Speed Limit in Channel, Yachts use engines esp. Near Chain Ferry

Hazards

Frequent Ferries, Fast and Slow, Narrow Busy Channel. 2016 New Breakwater finished, disturbed tidal streams in entrance.

Tidal Data Times & Range

2 Hour Stand at HW Neaps, Double HW at Springs...HW +0021 Dover (approx.) MHWS 4.2m MHWN 3.5M MLWN 1.8m MLWS 0.8m NOTE: VMH Tide tables shows the estimated top of a very flat curve around HW. Some tables show the start of the stand. VMH Tide Tables:   (links)

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General Description

Cowes has long been known as the epicentre of the English yacht racing scene. ... read more

Approach

Any kind of approach to Cowes from a northerly direction needs a thorough study of Central Solent chart. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

For the yachtsman or motorboater,  Cowes offers a large choice of visitors moorings,  many of which are under the control of the harbour authority. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

7 comments
New Chain Ferry
Written by Bryant | 31st May 2017
The new chain ferry is in place, and is undergoing technical difficulties... On it's first day of work.. it broke and people had to wade ashore !

It's bigger than the old one and has already had a small yacht crash into it, and get tangled in the chains. The tide can run REALLY STRONGLY where it crosses..I'd estimate up to 5knts outgoing.

Extreme caution advised in the area
Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 10th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. The prices for 2016 have been researched and noted. The biggest change is the New Breakwater; Those of you who are familiar with these waters will have witnessed the massive engineering project that has been ongoing since 2014; that is now pretty well complete; there is no longer a no go zone around the breakwater and the new buoyage is all in place.
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New shingle breakwater
Written by George Metcalfe | 6th Sep 2014
A new shingle breakwater has been created in the mouth of the Medina in the last few months. Extending from the Eastern edge of the main NNW/SSE channel pretty much due East of the Royal Yacht Squadron in an ESE direction to close to the NW edge of the small craft channel (NE/SW). So there's no longer the option of going straight in in the shallower water between the marked channels. It is not complete yet (won't be until some time in 2015). There are still (September 2014) working boats there and It is currently marked with an exclusion zone. See the following link for more info.
http://www.cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/cowes_breakwater_project
Editors Note: See "Approach" section on this page for chartlet and info, also see "Navigation Images" for diagram showing how tidal stream behaviour has changed.
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Update March 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 27th Mar 2014
These notes were reviewed March 2014. The main change to take note of is the change of the Harbour Directions pertaining to the Chain Ferry. It used to have to give way and that has now been reversed - it has right of way over all vessels apart from large vessels unable etc... Our text has been altered to reflect this.

The provision of visitor berths at Venture Quays has ceased almost before it has gotten off the ground.

Prices seem to have been held by most of the marinas to 2013 prices but we have updated where necessary.
Update January 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 10th Jan 2013
The Cowes Harbour notes were updated by Don T on the 10th January 2013. Directions for approaching from the East have been ammended to take account of the new Small Craft East Channel. Prices have been adjusted to show the 2013 rates.
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East Cowes Marina - professional and helpful
Written by Martin Bartholomew | 20th Aug 2012
The Visit My Harbour video simply says East Cowes Marina is "a long way from W Cowes".

In the course of many visits, I've appreciated the friendliness, usability and courtesy of this marina. You can arrive any time day or night. The telephone number is 01983 293983.

A long way from West Cowes? Maybe. It's 12 minutes walk to the chain ferry - well worth stretching those legs - or use any of the water taxis; Sally Taxis are actually based at E Cowes (0783 133 1717).

It's sheltered too:
* from the waves that bedevil mooring facilities below the chain ferry,
* from the Red Funnel symphony of car alarms and safety announcements,
* from the happy sound of corporate funsailors.

One negative: the great little marina chandlery has closed down.
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New Small Craft Channel
Written by Bryant | 30th Jul 2012
A new small craft channel into Cowes has been established for those coming from the East. It cuts through the day boat moorings on the E side opposite the Red Jet terminal. A quick glance at the chart supplied here will show it's only suitable for shallow draft vessels. Small craft can continue to use the main buoyed channel if required.
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