AC 2094 Kirkcudbright to the Mull of Galloway & Isle of Man, AC 1826 Irish Sea Eastern Part, AC 2696 Douglas Harbour, SC 5613.20. Isle of Man West Coast incl. Calf Sound, SC 5613.22 Isle of Man Harbours, Douglas, Imray C62 Irish Sea, Imray Y70 Isle of Man (Harbour Plan of Douglas)
Rules & Regulations
ITPS (Port Signals) numbers 2,3 & 5 shown from mast on Victoria pier (see photo gallery for reminder!) basically stop, go or proceed when VHF permission has been given.
Conister St Mary’s Rock and Refuge Tower (Lit). Dolphin off the end of Battery Pier. Overfalls off the end of Battery Pier where two tides meet.
Contacts Harbour Control VHF 12 tel no 01624 686628 Inner Harbour Office tel no 01624 686923 Douglas Bay Yacht Club tel no 01624 673965
Douglas Harbour is situated at the South end of sweeping Douglas Bay. Douglas itself is the capital of the Isle of Man and has been a very popular holiday resort since Victorian times. Approaching from the sea you could be coming into Weymouth, Bridlington or any of a number of similar Victorian seaside towns; broad sandy beach backed by a wide promenade and behind that tall nineteenth century houses which have been converted into apartments, hotels, B&Bs and interspersed with amusement arcades and souvenir shops; it’s all here, risqué postcards, Isle of Man rock, T-shirts and fish and chips!! (For amusements and diversions see our section on Entertainment below)
As well as being a holiday resort, by reason of its independent status, the Isle of Man is well known as a tax haven for the well heeled, has a very busy financial district in the middle of the town and the island is “home” to quite a few well known people. On top of this, situated in the middle of the Irish Sea with sea connections to England, Ireland and Scotland the island has an amazing mix of dialects during the summer as young men & women from all these areas flock here for work; you’ll be amazed at the number of Irish accents you come across. ... read more
What ever direction you are coming from it is imperative that you contact Douglas Harbour Control on Channel 12; they will be able to advise you of any, large fast traffic. It might also be an idea to contact the Harbour Control before departure to see what sort of room is available in the Inner Harbour. They don’t take reservations but at least you’d know if there was no chance at all!! ... read more
The main berth is in the inner harbour but, as has been mentioned, there are berths available on the pontoon by no 14 berth on the Battery Pier. A NE wind sets up an uncomfortable swell inside the harbour so this pontoon is not a good place in those conditions. In 2011 a berth in the inner harbour would have cost you £2.10 per meter, it is expected that this will increase by about 5% for 2012. A berth on the pontoon in the outer harbour is a little cheaper due to the lack of facilities and it’s a longish walk round the harbour to get to anything. ... read more