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Ramsgate Harbour

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Entrance 51:19'.5 N 001:25'.5E


Admiralty, 1827, 1828, SC5605

Rules & Regulations

Call Ramsgate Port Control on VHF channel 14 before entry. Contact Ramsgate Marina on channel 80 for berthing instructions when entering the Royal Harbour.


Commercial traffic. Goodwin and other associated Sands.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW +0020 Dover MHWS 4.9m, MHWN 3.8m, MLWN 1.2m, MLWS 0.4m. Tide-tables:   (links)

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General Description

Ramsgate Port Control tel 01843 572112 VHF #14
Ramsgate Marina  tel 01843 572100  VHF #80
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Whichever direction you approach Ramsgate from you will have to deal with the dredged shipping channel that leads into the outer harbour. It is a requirement that you call the harbour control on #14 to advise them of your intentions both inbound and outbound ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Once inside the Royal Harbour you will see that Ramsgate Marina actually consists of three distinctly separate areas. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Good vibe
Written by rupertemerson | 9th May 2022
Ramsgate has come up in the world in the last few years and now offers interesting "alternative" businesses and eateries in the arches. Have a peep inside the Greek restaurant (spicy pastourma recommended). The Royal Temple Yacht Club is very friendly and welcoming, also offering spotless overnight accommodation. The pontoons remain less than ideal and some screech as they bounce. Facilities were on the blink but the marina had half prices to compensate in May 2022. There is a decent Waitrose behind the RTYC for victualling.
Update May 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 3rd May 2022
I reviewed these notes in May 2022. The prices quoted have been checked for this year and are still quite low when compared to the rest of the South Coast. Lots of wind farm activity.
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 15th Mar 2021
I reviewed these notes in March 2021. Nothing has changed with respect to the general information on Ramsgate harbour but be aware that the Windfarm activity has increased. The information on Covid 19 can be found via the link in the General information section. Prices have increased for 2021
Written by Don Thomson | 28th Mar 2018
We have modified the text in the Approach section to account for the changed traffic patterns here. The warnings mentioned in the members notes about the pontoons has been noted in the text and we've added a link to Google showing an overhead of the fingers. Prices up a little.
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Western Marina - Visitor berths
Written by Jaypea | 11th May 2017
Overnight stay 31st March. Arrived in F4-5 Southerly which seemed to create swirling breeze inside the harbour making it tricky to control windage. The berths have fairly unforgiving hard plastic decking to the sides but also a nasty triangle of [exposed] iron running from finger to main pontoon. Fairly prompt action by the crew is called for to avoid bow impact. We saw two 30'+ boats hit within an hour of our own arrival :( Marina staff are very helpful, one of them is also the Pilot and is happy to advise on tides/passage planning. Marina facilities clean and modern. Some nice options for eating and drinking.
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Tidal Harbour Subject to Swell in Easterlies
Written by Matthew West | 22nd Aug 2016
It is worth noting that Ramsgate Harbour can be subject to swell in easterly/south easterly winds in the tidal harbour, which can make it quite uncomfortable. I've stayed there twice and both times been affected by this. The easy solution is to go into the locked harbour when these conditions prevail, but that does have restricted entry/exit.
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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 16th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. Thanks Mike Kent (below) for the heads up on ferry traffic. The whole atmosphere has changed here; no lorries lumbering around the ferry terminal, no ferries steaming in and turning around, no ferries to deal with in the outer approaches. They can still be quite busy with wind farm traffic which is high speed (minimum 6kts) and there is a car importer operating from the RoRo berth on Tuesdays. Prices have been held for visiting yachties.
Ramsgate Ferries
Written by mikekent | 6th Mar 2015
Sadly the Ferry running to Ostend went bankrupt so there are now no ferries operating out of the port.
Commercial activity is limited to small fishing boats, pilot boats meeting ships going up the Thames and fast working boats going to the offshore wind farms to the North.
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Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 9th Apr 2014
These notes were reviewed in April 2014. The seasonal, lit red can buoy just outside the Royal Harbour is now a permanent feature. We have noted that there are International SS lights facing into the Royal Harbour from the Port Control at the root of the Northern Breakwater which should be obeyed for exit from the Royal Harbour.

Re our members "grounding" in the entrance to the Royal Harbour in April 2013..There has been dredging in the Port over the winter of 2013/14 and the lump he encountered should have gone now but for accurate soundings in the approach to the Royal Dock go to the port website/Approach/Hydrographic surveys - the 2 metre channel is still quite narrow.
Watch out on final entrance
Written by LindseyGill | 3rd Apr 2013
When entering or leaving the Royal Harbour (ie after you have entered the outer harbour) watch out as there is now a sand bank midway between the green and red buoy's. Coming out at low springs last weekend I went through the middle and ran aground (1.5m keel). It was very soft sand and I was moving slowly too so nothing dramatic. Port control advised me to stay close to the green buoy which coming out was on my port side. The boat that followed us out went aground too and did the same as us.
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 15th Mar 2013
These notes were updated by Don T on the 15th March 2013. Very little has changed and prices have been updated for the 2013. We note the revision of the former rules pertaining to dogs (of the four legged variety) and have altered the main text accordingly.
Written by Bryant | 24th Jul 2012

"Ramsgate port now welcomes dogs... but not from abroad ."

This was sent at 20/07/2012 12:36:42
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Tom Webb, around Britain on a 21' Beneteau 2011
Written by Tom Webb Sailing | 31st Oct 2011
4/7 – Ramsgate – Ramsgate is a great port with huge breakwaters, approaching there is a well buoyed main channel which navigates you straight into the harbour, make sure you VHF channel 14 before entrance and beware entering in times of fast flowing tide as you have to make a sharp right to get into the inner harbour. The staff are very friendly and facilities are basic but nice.
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