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News October 2013. The surge gates into the inner harbour collapsed in the spring of 2013 and it is not certain when they will be restored. Boats are still using it but the Harbour's insurance is void and they are not charging any harbour dues. You use this harbour at your own risk considering the surge that can be experienced in strong onshore conditions.
This is a gem of a place but unfortunately, if you have a 30ft+ boat with a four or five foot draft, you may prefer to give it a miss. It’s quite a small harbour with a busy fleet of small fishing boats so manoeuvring is quite tight and the water at the entrance is only 0.9 with down to 0.5 to starboard inside the entrance to the inner harbour. The East end of the inner basin, where there is a small pontoon, is dredged to 2.5 meters so, if you can get in a couple of hours either side of HW, you will remain afloat throughout the cycle. (Careful though, if you just scrape in at HW and the tides are neaping you could be here longer than you planned!!)
The inner harbour is equipped with storm boards because, in strong onshore winds, there can be quite a surge in the inner harbour; In settled weather it is possible for larger yachts to take up an alongside berth against the outer harbour wall, just inside the entrance and short of the entrance to the inner harbour but you could ground here at LW. Obviously this berth is not suitable in anything other than settled conditions; in any developed onshore conditions you should not attempt this harbour in any boat. ... read more
The approach to the harbour is very simple; the only danger is the rocky shoal extending out from the East end of the pier under the sector light. If you are using that sector light in the approach you need to borrow to starboard almost into the green sector of the light to be sure of being safe, but in good visibility just keep the north side of the harbour wall open and you’ll be OK.
Reduce speed as you approach the entrance because there’s not a lot of room for boats to cross here and you could meet someone coming out. You should also check the pierhead for indications that the surge barrier is closed (3 vertical reds). Once through the outer harbour entrance err towards the south side of the channel to stay clear of the rocks on the north side but remember that you’ll need a continuous 180° turn in through the inner harbour entrance. Then it’s up to you whether you do a handbrake turn to come alongside port side to on the pontoon or just drop on starboard side to and leave the turning bit until departure!! ... read more