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Aberdovey Outer (SWM) 52 32.00N 004 05.50W


AC 1972 Cardigan Bay Central Part; AC 1484 Aberdovey Harbour; SC5609 North West Wales including the Menai Strait; Imray C51 Milford Haven to Tremadog Bay (incl. harbour plan Aberdovey)

Rules & Regulations

No anchoring due to submarine cables


Sarn-y-Bwch reef to the North. Shifting sands at entrance. Strong currents at spring tides

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Aberdovey is approx 1.40 after HW Milford. MHWS 5.0m MLWS 3.5m MLWN 2.0m MLWS 0.7m   (links)

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General Description

Harbour Master 01654 767626, mob 07879 433148,  VHF #12
Dovey YC          01654 767607

Aberdovey has been a port for many centuries, exporting slate and oak bark and importing coal, limestone and trade goods.  There was a thriving boat building industry in the nineteenth century and the landing stage originally was built for the import of agricultural stock from Ireland, this being one end of the Aberdovey and Waterford Steam Ship Company. Our archive photo in the gallery may have one of those steamships alongside on the landing stage; that photo is interesting in that those slow cumbersome sailing barges have been navigated up to there despite the currents and having no mechanical propulsion (how many yachts do hear asking for help these days because their engines have broken down?) ... read more


From the South there are no dangers along the coast apart from the Cynfelyn Patches and there is a passage inside these. From the North you must go outside the Sarn-y-Bwch reef as there are some nasty rocks inshore of that reef (This is advice from a local sailor). ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

There are some visitor’s deep moorings but they are exposed to westerlies and quite a way from the slip; unless you can dry out the only other place for a fin keeler is against the outside of the landing stage and, in a westerly this can be very exposed.

The HM has fender boards if you haven’t got your own and you will need them. Anchoring is not permitted in the channel because of submarine cables though there are vast expanses of sand in the estuary where a bilge keeler could dry out at anchor.  ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson | 19th Apr 2017
I reviewed these notes in April 2017. Nothing changes but we are trying to get hold of a more recent chart of the entrance channel and buoyage.
Update Aug 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 15th Sep 2015
The error re the HW was corrected. We have added a sketch chart of new buoyage in the Approach and highlighted the change in the Approach sections of these notes.
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Tide times at Aberdovey
Written by Flossdog | 14th Jul 2014
HW is AFTER HW Milford Haven not before as stated in the text
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