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AC 1156 Trevose Head to Hartland Point; SC 5603.1A Lizard Point to Hartland Point; SC 5603.15B Port Isaac to Bude Bay; Imray C58 Trevose Head to Bull Point

Rules & Regulations

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A SW to WSW wind of 4 or 5 produces a huge surge in this harbour and if you are in there and one is forecast you must get out.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Boscastle is HW Dover – 0543. MHWS 7.3m MHWN 5.6m MLWN 2.7m MLWS 0.9m; Caution; that gives a Spring Range of nearly 21 feet   (links)

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General Description

Harbour Master         tel no 01840 250200 or 250635 or mobile 07967 112862
Coast Guard Lookout    tel no 01840 250965 or mobile 07837 610 410
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There are no off lying dangers on the trip from the South or the North; ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

If you are twin (bilge) keeled you can either tie up bows on to the South pier ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson 3 | 21st Sep 2022
No changes apart from the fact that they now have a ladder - and that the HM is moving his own boat down to Rock before the Autumnal storms start!
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 17th Sep 2021
I reviewed these notes in September 2021. I've added a Youtube video of the effect of strong South Westerlies in this harbour, otherwise, nothing has changed
Written by Don Thomson | 20th Apr 2018
Nothing has changed here
Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 28th Apr 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2016. Nothing changes here but we did contact the Youth Hostel and confirm the availability of showers.
Re our member's note below
Written by dononshytalk | 4th Jan 2016
This experience backs up our warning in para 3 of the Harbour Description - can't say we didn't warn you!!
Bad experience in Boscastle
Written by Cormorant's Flight | 29th Jul 2014
We got stuck in Boscastle in a strong SW gale, only being 25' motor boat we decided to weather the storm. Overnight we floated for 5 mins, then were on the bottom for 5 mins as the surge came and went. Most scary was when a local came along at 01-30 hrs to ask if we were planning on staying aboard.... Yes we were! Well, we lose a boat every year here was his reply! Once one rope goes, that will be it! If you survive the night I've got some 3 inch ropes at my cottage if you want them! We did survive the night and made a safe passage in SW 7 -8 the following day. So glad to make the safety of the Camel Estuary.
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