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Falmouth 1, approach, entry, Inner Harbour, Penryn River

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Flag, Red Ensign


Black Rock R.Can 50:08'.68N 05:01'.74W


Admiralty, 32, 154, 18, SC5602 SC5904 SC5912

Rules & Regulations

Inner Harbour 6 Knts, minimal wash. Restronguet/Mylor/Percuil..5Knts


Black Rock, St. Mawes Buoy / Lugo Rock...Busy Commercial Port, Upper Reaches Dry.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover -6.10 MHWS 5.3m MHWN 4.2m MLWN 1.9m MLWS 0.6m   (links)

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General Description

Falmouth is a fine deepwater natural harbour of some considerable size. ... read more


The entrance is between Pendennis Point with a conspicuous Castle ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

In the area covered there are a few choices for mooring up, ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Falmouth Marina update
Written by Tyro Sailor | 30th Jul 2022
Spending a couple of nights there earlier this week we found some of the staff rather offhand and the fuel pontoon didn't open when they said they would. The heads remain clean and well-maintained but the showers have nowhere to put the soap and make the rest of the floor wet.

Good little laundrette: £6 for a wash and dry but they won't take cash for the tokens. Waste/recycling compound across the car park. Sainsbury's, I discovered, is closer than Lidl (but more expensive of course).

A swings and roundabouts sort of place.
Re Penryn website
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 13th Apr 2022
Falmouth Marina has always been part of the "Truro" bailiwick - it's just the Cornish harbours website that is new
Update April 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 13th Apr 2022
These notes were reviewed in the spring of 2022. This part of Falmouth has been well established for years so the only changes I can find are to prices. I've confirmed that the Fuel Barge over by Trefusis Point is no longer there.
New website
Written by channelman | 11th Apr 2021
Penryn is now managed by Cornwall Council Harbours Board. The website is www.cornwallharbours.co.uk
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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 30th Mar 2021
I reviewed these notes at the end of March 2021. Everything is up to date, prices have gone up. I can't get any info on the Fuel barge "Ulster Industry" but suspect is no longer serves yachties. We've added a note re the Observatory/ Church Tower transit for identifying Falmouth Yacht Haven mentioned in the note below.
Marinas, feeding, chandlery 2019
Written by Tyro Sailor | 20th Mar 2021
The Haven is convenient but not entirely sheltered and the ablutions block is small and barely adequate with those intensely annoying movement-operated showers. Friendly staff but daytime only. Very close to The Chain Locker and The Front pubs, both of which have good beer and sometimes traditional live music - which may attract or repel you.
There are, according to the Pilot, leading marks for the entrance but the old observatory tower on the hill in transit with the church tower is a good deal more obvious. Otherwise the entrance is hard to spot beyond the many moored boats.

The Marina, further up the river, is tricky to get into (see instructions above) and further from the town but better appointed and little more expensive. NB the drying 'bar' (actually a redundant sewage pipe, I'm told) halfway across the marina. Lidl a moderate walk away out of town.
In search of sustenance after a long day at sea, I strolled to the yacht club and found it closed; the nearby pub/restaurant was too busy to serve me. I ended up back in the town centre and was on the point of committing myself to Wetherspoons when I noticed a Nepali restaurant nearby. Excellent choice, especially as they had an 'all you can eat' buffet on. I could scarcely walk back to the boat.

Despite its reputation as a yachtsman's town I was unable to find oil or fuel filters, or a fresh water pump. I had to go to Mylor.
Written by Don Thomson | 30th Apr 2018
I've reviewed these notes and the only changes are to the tariffs in some of the facilities whilst Falmouth Marina is maintaining it's prices.
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Update 2017
Written by Don Thomson | 1st Feb 2017
The notes have been edited to take account of the newish name of Falmouth Haven (the erstwhile Visitors Yacht Haven)
Update 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 3rd May 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in May 2016. No changes apart from prices.
Update March 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 13th Mar 2014
No changes; prices have been updated for 2014
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 27th Jan 2013
The Falmouth 1 notes were updated by Don T on 27th January 2013. There are no major changes to the facilities here apart from the prices which have been updated to cover the 2013 summer. I have discovered that the projected new marina in the docks area has been scrapped (this may be old news to some of you). This was on the drawing board as far back as 2007 along with plans for deeper dredging in the main channel; when the cancellation of the marina occured is unclear, but it has and there are no plans to resurrect it.
Tom Webb, around Britain on a 21' Beneteau 2011
Written by Tom Webb Sailing | 31st Oct 2011
26-27/8 – Falmouth – Falmouth has a great premier marina that is out the way of the busy harbour, there is plenty of traffic and navigational dangers within the harbour as well as large navy ships and RFA ships that patrol, The premier marina was very friendly and was the home of huge super yachts, the staff are very friendly and the range of shore facilities are 10/10.
Buoyage change in entrance
Written by Bryant | 19th Apr 2011
The aptly named " Black Rock" covers at half tide and has a black conical beacon topped by an isolated danger mark (2 Black Balls, vertically), and is lit Fl (2) 10s 3M. The main channel for shipping lies to the east of this danger, and it is further marked by an easterly cardinal " Black Rock", ( Q(3) 10s )

Above mentioned E.Cardinal Buoy "Black Rock", has now been replaced with a Red Can buoy (Fl.R.2.5s)

New chart and text being uploaded soon.
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