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Dartmouth Harbour and River Dart

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Castle Ledge Buoy 50:19'.99N 003:33'.11W


Admiralty 2253, 1634 SC5903 SC5914

Rules & Regulations

6 Knts, Minimal Wash Dead Slow in Home Reach (Totnes)


Various lit and unlit rocks close to Entrance, Rough in strong onshore winds with ebb, Cross river ferries both have right of way.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover-0510 MHWS 5.5m MHWN 2.2m MLWN 2.2. MLWS 0.8m   (links)

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General Description

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Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

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Your Ratings & Comments

Stayed at Dart Haven for a night in 3rd week of April
Written by Chris99 | 29th Apr 2024
Paid £59.64 for a 10.5m boat including harbour dues and electricity. We were on a visitor berth which have limited availability but were given a berth number if they were full.

The facilities were undergoing refurbishment so shower and toilets were portaloos.

The Steam Packet Inn just up the road is a lovely traditional pub with pretty good food and there's a little shop over the railway bridge for supplies. It was a little disorganised and took maybe 15 minutes to open, but there's a good cafe next door.

It's a lovely place to stay and one of the prettiest locations we've visited.

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Update April 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 12th Apr 2022
I reviewed these notes in the spring of 2022. The installation of a new pontoon layout at Noss Marine is complete and the work-in-progress buoyage has been removed. We have asked for a chart of the new layout. The two buoys mentioned below up river from Noss are now on the UKHO charts. Some prices have changed but Dart Haven Marina has kept theirs at the 2021 level.
Dittisham buoys and steam packet inn
Written by Conrad ryle | 6th Jul 2021
The visitors buoys at Dittisham are white and marked 'visitor'. There are around 15 of them, they have a range on maximum permitted lengths, ranging from 8 to 12 metres. Up to 3 boats can be rafted together.

I don't think the steam Packet inn is geared up for alongside mooring I would certainly advise contacting them before turning up.
All the way to Totnes
Written by Tyro Sailor | 30th Mar 2021
A shoal-draught boat can make it right up to Totnes on the tide, taking at least a couple of hours of gentle motoring.

The place to go is Baltic Wharf on the right bank of the river i.e. your port side as you head upstream. The pontoon there is long enough for two of the sort of boats that can venture up there, but the bottom at the upstream end (if you see what I mean) slopes away markedly. No rafting either, as rocks abound just over a boat's width away.

Phone up first and be prepared for unnecessarily detailed directions to get there, depending on which of the helpful ladies is on duty. There's a loo, a shower and even a kitchen available for use. Small chandlery also selling confectionery and ice cream. When I visited there was enough space in the bottom of the freezer to freeze a four-litre ice cream tub full of water which later cooled my cold-box.
But there are at least a couple of excellent home-made ice cream shops in town, along with pubs (try the Barrel House at the top of the hill), hotels, a mediaeval castle and a modern Morrison's.

There are also various possible anchorages further down the river if you prefer seclusion and don't mind drying out. Just make sure you won't swing into the channel or you might get an unpleasant surprise from a trip boat.

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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 29th Mar 2021
I reviewed these note at the end of March 2021. The biggest change is the regeneration of Noss Marina which is closed to visitors until later in the summer when, it is hoped that the main work is finished. Until then there is extra yellow buoyage around their marina which is shown on the chartlet in the Berthing section. The two extra buoys mentioned in the Have Your Say is way up river and of interest only if you are going up beyond Dittisham. Prices have changed but are still quoted by the marinas without harbour dues and need to be added on.
Chandlery in Dartmouth town
Written by Tidal Tim | 27th Mar 2021
The Chandlery in the town has closed up and gone. That leaves only Darthaven to choose from. They are well stocked and helpful in there but watch the prices.
The big DA pontoon to the north of the town quay is now 'walk ashore' if you like that facility but it is only available for small and medium sized boats (12 m max).
Noss(Premier Marinas) now sells Calor and Camping gas.
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new na marks - dartmouth
Written by Tym1 | 26th Nov 2020
Effective until further notice.

Two new lateral marks have been installed up river at the following locations:-

Smith – Starboard lateral buoy, unlit, in position 50º23.466’N 3º36.182’W. This position is in the vicinity of the Cross Back Shoal.

Allcock – Port lateral buoy, unlit, in position 50º24.714N 3º38.936’W. This position is in Fleet Mill Reach.

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noss marina new nav marks
Written by Tym1 | 26th Nov 2020
Hi Steve.
This notice supersedes LNTM 06-20 which is now cancelled.

Marina construction, including piling work and pontoon installation at Noss on Dart Marina is due to commence on Monday 19th October 2020.

A starboard lateral mark, with light sequence QG has been moved from position 50° 21.780’N 3°34.680W to position 50° 21.770’N 3°34.680’W. This is a temporary mark at the south western extremity of the development work at Noss on Dart Marina.

4 yellow special marks to mark the area of construction, have been installed in the following positions:-

50°21.770N 003°34.640W (Currently unlit).
50°21.770N 003°34.660W (Marked by a Fl(4) light).
50°21.810N 003°34.680W (Marked by a Fl(4) light).
50°21.860N 003°34.680W (Marked by a Fl(4) light).

Approximate positions are shown on the chart below
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Summer 2018
Written by Tidal Tim | 16th Jun 2018
Water taxi charge now reduced to £1, multiple ticket purchase reduces this to 60p per trip. Fresh water is also available on the main waste pontoon in the river next to the fuel barge. 'Resnova' restaurant has now disappeared for good!
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Written by Don Thomson | 26th Apr 2018
Harbour dues have gone up to 85p per metre per night; this is inclusive of VAT. Apart from that very little has changed here.
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