Research possible destinations... and stopping places, UK and Ireland... Harbours, marinas, creeks and inlets. Each location has full sailing directions, charts and photo galleries. All mooring options are covered, including: Prices, local facilities, provisioning, launching places, pubs and dining. Impartial and original information... free to use More...
Plan your next passage... having researched possible stops and destinations, planning can now be started. Dates, tides and currents, fuel stops, contacts. All this information (inc. a unique planning tool) are here for members... Now using our "For Navigation" charts (below), prepare possible routes and waypoints in the comfort of your home.
Navigate "Real-Time" at sea... using our "buy and keep" chart packs (UK and international) running on various selected GPS navigation apps on your tablet, phone or laptop. Follow your planned routes. Adjust as required on the move. Supported programs include navigation, AIS, simulation and even weather/tide routing. YOU choose the program. inc OpenCPN More...
UK and other European chart coverage
314 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 A fresh map driven mobile friendly site. Harbours will appear as clickable markers. Works great on BIG screens too.
Our hard won harbour research work is freely available for all to view on both sites. Charts and tidal information that we have to pay to license is DEMO marked or size restricted for casual users,
Even... if you know nothing about boats, there's some great articles and videos to entertain you.. Have a look ! Why not spend half an hour rummaging about. Don't be confused about what we do on this site: Explain to me Now .
"UK law requires every skipper/navigator to prepare a suitable passage plan prior to putting to sea. From start to completion (dock to dock), the voyage of each vessel must be described. This must include leaving the mooring and harbour area (pilotage), the main part of the journey (passage plan) and the approach and entrance/docking at the destination port (pilotage). These events are required to be documented for all vessels whether a small cruising yacht sailed by a leisure sailor, or a massive commercial freight carrier. SOLAS (International Convention for the safety of life at sea) requires a passage plan to be made even if it is only for a short leisure sail. And it needs to be written down. Failure to comply can lead to errors and navigational accidents. Even the use of passage planning software requires the plan to be written down prior to the proposed sea passage." http://www.passage- planning.co.uk/
And THIS is where full membership of VisitMyHarbour really pays off. All the info you will need to prepare a proper passage plan is here for UK/Ireland. On this site or on the VMH-Lite site. A one stop shop to gather all the planning bits needed in advance.
Prepare your written passage plans using the vast collection of tidal and chart info at your disposal in the members area, combined with our harbour coverage in the free part of the sites.... Use the harbour coverage to prepare your written pilotage plans, draw sketch charts, note buoyage and light signatures. Using our unique VisiCharts overlay, you could draw your coming sea passage on the latest charts using standard Google Earth tools, And make notes about tidal gateways and timings. Lat/Lons can be extracted. All in all, so much planning can be done in the comfort of your home in front of a big screen.
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Enjoy what you see on this website ? Join our other 6911 paid members (April 2021), including some very well known sailing "names".. A one off payment of £25 gets you ongoing membership of VMH Classic (this site). No more to pay. Access a whole trove of online research material, charts, plus stunning seamless zoomable 2022 Satellite/Chart image overlays. Download our own Harbour coverage as PDFs for offline use.
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Beautiful raster charts. A perfect foil for the vector charts in your marine chartplotter. Buy and keep (download or USB), NO SUBSCRIPTION. We concentrate on making charts available for existing GPS navigation softwares... running on phones, tablets and laptops you probably already have.
Our Android charts that run in "Marine Navigator" app are the best selling product we've EVER made from £9.99 for whole UK and Ireland coverage
UK and other European chart coverage
Turn your Android tablet/phone into self contained GPS chart plotter
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Fully Cross Platform navigation. RasPi, Mac, Linux, Windows, iPad, Android
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VisitMyHarbour.com since 2009. 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.
Rothesay harbour nestles in Rothesay Bay on the East side.... ... read more