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Southampton Central inc. River Itchen

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Weston Shelf Green Buoy 50:52'71N 001:23'.26W


Admiralty 2041, SC5600

Rules & Regulations

6 Knts North of Hythe Pier


Commercial Shipping, Ferries

Tidal Data Times & Range

Double HW, First HW Springs approx. -0013 Dover. MHWS 4.5m, MHWN 3.7m, MLWN 1.8m, MLWS 0.5m   (links)

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General Description

Southampton is a busy seafaring city located at the head of Southampton Water. Commercial traffic takes precedence at all times, with much movement of heavy shipping and ferries. ... read more


Pilotage directions for approaching and moving up Southampton water have been given in a previous article,  this article deals with the central docks area,  and the River Itchen.  ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

For the visiting yachtsman or motorboater,  there are plenty of mooring options whatever size boat you  arrive in. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Marchwood Channel
Written by Tyro Sailor | 1st May 2018
I came through here last week (24th April 2018) in my Centaur and have done so a few times before. The marks are less than useful, but south of Marchwood it's best to stay just outside the main buoyed channel (to the west) where there's 3m or more. Any further out and it gets shallow in places - the edge of the channel is very steep.

Past the dock and approaching Marchwood Channel, I tend to go through the moorings where there are lots of medium-sized boats (drawing up to 2m, at a guess) happily afloat at all states of the tide. There are adequate gaps between the rows of boats and little cross-tide, but beware of cross-winds - and cross owners!

The tide swirls around the Bury/Eling moorings a bit and can make picking up one difficult. I tried under sail last week but ended up having to use the engine. Look out for survey vessels and dredgers.
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Written by Don Thomson | 23rd Mar 2018
I reviewed these notes in March 2018. Prices have been changed and new charts uploaded. There is a huge discrepancy between the Navionics and Admiralty Charts about the positioning of the yellow/piles/post/buoys in the vicinity of the Marchwood Channel off the West Dock. We are trying to resolve this with Soton Docks.
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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 30th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. No changes other than prices which have been updated for the 2016 season
Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 7th Apr 2014
These notes were updated in April 2014. Wherever possible prices have been updated for the 2014 season.
The buoyage in the vicinity of the Western Docks has been changed so, if you are using an old chart, our approach notes will confuse you - the old Swinging Ground "2" buoy has been renamed Mulberry and there is an extra buoy laid opposite the Western Dock and that is now the Swinging Ground "2" buoy - and that may not be the end of it as work is progressing in that area.
Update 2013 addendum
Written by dononshytalk | 22nd Jan 2013
Southampton has undertaken considerable improvements to its container handling operation which involves much dredging and widening of the existing channel. We have been advised by the HM that this does not effect the Marchwood Channel opposite the Western Docks (berths 102 thro' 107) but that the pile marks shown on the 2012 chart no longer exist. Any experience you may have of the impact of the dredging would be gratefully received.
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 18th Jan 2013
The harbour notes for Southampton Central including the River Itchen were updated by Don T on the 18th of January. The major change is that the Townquay Marina has been taking visitors for a couple of seasons and is now well furnished with facilities including a comprehensive website. The visitors prices everywhere have been updated to reflect what is expected for the summer of 2013. It should be noted that Ocean Village prices are slighly different to the other nearby MDL marinas in that their cut off for pricing is 20.1metres whereas the top rate goes to 24.0 meters at the others. Then again, if you can afford a 60foot boat, minutae like harbour dues probably doesn't bother you!
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Written by albert | 14th Aug 2011
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