Comprehensive Sailing Directions for UK Harbours with free Nautical Charts

This site is an online pilotage guide, here to provide timely and detailed information about the various ports and harbours, estuaries, rivers and inlets around the coasts of the UK and Ireland. For those arriving by boat.

"research and plan here ...then navigate using one of our electronic chart packages"

"Covid alert: If using our pilotage work, be aware that many harbours/marinas have their own take on the "rules", so always check directly with them first if planning to visit" RYA Covid19 rules timetable


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Impartial and original information...  free to use

300 Harbours: Each harbour (NOT JUST marinas) has full sailing directions, free charts, and photo galleries. All mooring options are covered, including: prices, local facilities, provisioning, launching places, pubs and dining. Plus 7 day weather and 2021 tide tables.   Interactivity   Logged in visitors can leave comments and information.

Access via the Regions menu on the left,

Or  Click here to browse through all harbours

Or: Access them via  VMH lite  Harbours will appear as clickable markers

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"For Nav" NEW  2021 buy and keep products:


Beautiful offline "For Nav" raster chart packages for some great 3rd party programs and apps from just £8.99 !   All made in the UK by us, backed up by phone support if needed. Buy and keep, download or physical products, including turn key Android chartplotters.  CLICK HERE  for overview


Marine Navigator                 qtVlm                    SeaClear              OpenCPN               Polar View           Expedition    

Supported programs include navigation, AIS, simulation and even weather/tide routeing. YOU choose the program.

UK and other European chart coverage.       CLICK HERE 





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             Other free online services for you to try right now:

Proper monthly tide tables, not just the next few days..Got a marine shoukd be in's free. 4000 

businesses listed by category area and harbourBoating related articles and videos

Proper Tide Tables                                        Marine business directory                                  Articles & Videos
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Quick product links:   Android: Marine Navigator Charts    "Turn Key" Android Chartplotters      Unified Charts   qtVlm- the new Nav, Weather and Simulator program    Hardware  AIS for Windows, Macs and Android chart-plotters

All charts used online and in products are derived from Official British or SHOM raster charts and licensed by the UKHO/SHOM. We recommend always using Admiralty paper charts in conjunction with any electronic navigation systems.
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Featured Harbour show all

Deben, River (Woodbridge Haven)

East Coast

The River Deben, or Woodbridge Haven as it is also known..... ... read more


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