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Plymouth, Plymouth Sound, Anchorages and Central Marinas

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Draystone Buoy 50:18'.83N 004:11'00W Shagstone (safe distance off) 50:19'.05N 004:07'.70W


Admiralty 30, 1967, 1900, 1901, 1902, 871, SC5602

Rules & Regulations

10 knts in Plymouth Sound, 8 knts in Cattewater, 5 Knts Approaches to Marinas, Dead Slow within Marinas.


Busy Naval and Commercial port, see text for regulations. Strong tidal streams, Upper Reaches Dry.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover-0540 MHWS 5.5m MHWN 4.4m MLWN 2.2m MLWS 0.8m   (links)

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General Description

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Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

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Your Ratings & Comments

Mayflower Marina
Written by Tyro Sailor | 30th Jul 2022
Big but still crowded, partly with Westerlies, taking advantage of their 50% discount. A bit bouncy in a fresh SW'ly as discussed elsewhere and when motor boats or large vessels create wash. Excellent 'superloos' and good but pricy restaurant, 'Jolly Jacks'. Very friendly office staff.
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Update April 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 22nd Apr 2022
These notes were reviewed in April 2022. All the prices have increased; Suttons has to be favourite if you want both shelter and easy access to the bright lights and the Haven if comfort and facilities are all you need.
Sutton Harbour for shelter
Written by david100952 | 19th Apr 2021
As mentioned previously most of the marinas in Plymouth suffer in southerlies but Sutton Harbour is within lock gates and well protected. There is free flow passage times about 2 hours either side of high tide but these are closed in storm conditions or when Springs present a danger of flooding.
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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 7th Apr 2021
I reviewed these notes in April of 2021. Note Tyro's suggestion of anchoring off Jennycliff. I would imagine most of the Marinas in Plymouth would suffer from Southerlies as Tyro found with QAB; even the Mayflower looks straight down the Narrows to the sea.
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A couple more points
Written by Tyro Sailor | 3rd Apr 2021
There's an anchorage in Jennycliff Bay on the eastern side of the sound, a better bet than Cawsand Bay when the wind's in the east. Mind the wreck, indicated by a starboard hand buoy.

QAB is decidedly bouncy in a southerly wind, the so-called breakwater failing to live up to its name, and a two-mile fetch from the main breakwater.
Written by Don Thomson | 1st May 2018
The prices have increased, (one marina has broken the £4.00 a metre barrier) But, all told, very little else has changed. The days of this town being dominated by the Navy have gone as our Navy has shrunk - all the old haunts have closed, been knocked down or burnt down.
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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 10th May 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in May 2016. The area around King Point Marina is getting less like a builder's yard and their new restaurant is in operation. Most marinas have increased their prices but Sutton Harbour has dropped theirs.
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Written by mark prior | 4th Apr 2015
The shower, loo and laundry block has just re-opened (April 2015) and is stunningly good. It's worth visiting Plymouth just because it's probably better than your bathroom at home. Grey slate tiling, option include just showers, showers with sink, showers with loo and sink. And, get this, a bath option. Five star. I haven't been paid to say this, but I live aboard here and am deilighted with the change after a winter of cold portacabins.
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Update March 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 19th Mar 2014
These notes were reviewed in March 2014. There's a NEW MARINA!! It has been developed by Sutton Harbour Marina and is located in the old Millbay Dock inner basin. At the time of writing the surrounding area may be a bit raw but it is scheduled for "regeneration" and will improve. All details have been included in the text above. Other than that we've updated prices where possible - everyone has gone up a few percent on the 2013 prices.
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 1st Feb 2013
The harbour notes for Plymouth, Plymouth Sound etc were updated by Don T on 1st February 2013. All hyperlinks were checked, corrected and some new ones added. Prices have been updated for the 2013 season and, in some cases, these have been adjusted down or 2012 rates maintained.
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