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Southampton Water, including approach to Hamble River and Hythe Marina Village

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From E East Bramble(E.Cardinal) 50:47'.23N 001:13'.63W From W Lepe Spit (S.Cardinal) 50:46'.78N 001:20'.64W


Admiralty 2036, 2041, 2038, SC5600

Rules & Regulations

Moving Prohibited Zone around shipping, see text for details.


Shipping, Bramble Bank

Tidal Data Times & Range

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

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General Description

Southampton Water is the deep water inlet leading 6 miles from the Solent to the historic city of Southampton, with its deep water docks and jetties. ... read more


The yachtsman or motorboater needs to exercise extreme care in the approaches to Southampton water. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

The only berthing facility in the area covered is Hythe Marina Village lying on the port hand side in the close approaches to Southampton docks , clearly shown in the aerial pictures. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Power Station Creek
Written by Tyro Sailor | 1st Jun 2018
North of Calshot and south of Ashlett Creek and the Esso Jetty, at the southern end and western side of Southampton Water is this romantically-named deep-water creek, said to have been dug to float in the boilers for the then new power station. I've been told that it was later used by barges bringing in coal before the power station was converted to burn oil.

The whole of the creek is very well marked with P & S posts, deep, more or less straight and leads to a single large yellow mooring buoy close to the (now disused) power station. Take care, however, not to stray outside the marked channel or you're liable to find yourself on the putty. No facilities at all.
Ashlett Creek
Written by Tyro Sailor | 1st Jun 2018
This is a small, drying creek on the west side of Southampton Water, leading to an attractive natural drying harbour with a friendly yacht club.

The creek is entered at a PHM post, immediately south of the Esso jetty and well-marked with P & S buoys. The channel is shallow at the best of times and dries completely at about half tide. It tends to shift each winter and the buoys are said to be moved each spring to accommodate this. The description in the almanac is therefore always out of date, but the buoys will see you right. The last SHM should be approached closely before turning to port to enter the drying moorings at the top of the creek, or more sharply to port to tie up alongside the drying pontoon which is supplied with both water and electricity.

There's a basic toilet/shower block accessed by a code, and a friendly clubhouse which has provided me with tea but can probably do more than this at various times.

Walks to Calshot and elsewhere, and when the tide and club members go away there's nobody within half a mile - apart from the pub at the top of the harbour (which I haven't yet visited). Despite the proximity of the oil industry it's a secluded and pleasant harbour.
Written by Don Thomson | 23rd Mar 2018
No major changes here, new charts and prices have been uploaded.
Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 30th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. No changes other than the prices at Hythe Marina
Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 3rd Apr 2014
These notes were reviewed April 2014. The only changes are to the charges in the Hythe Marina Village
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 18th Jan 2013
The harbour notes for Southampton Water were updated by Don T on 18th january 2013. Prices have been changed to show those expected for 2013.
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