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Poole Harbour, Approach and Entrance, Anchorages at Studland Bay and South Deep

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Safe Offing for Swashway Channel (see chart) 50:39'.06N 001:54'.85W


Admiralty 2611, SC5601

Rules & Regulations

6 Knts within 200m of Beach


Old Harry Race, Strong Tidal Stream in Harbour Entrance, Chain Ferry, Shipping

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW cannot be related to Dover,. MHWS 2.00m MHWN 1.6m MLWN 1.1m MLWS 0.3m. See tide tables-   (links)

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General Description

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Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

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Your Ratings & Comments

Update April 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 25th Apr 2022
These notes were reviewed at the end of April 2022. Harbour dues have been raised a bit. Things are on the move in Studland Bay - but basically they are asking that we don't anchor in various areas of the Bay - but that really means that if you DO anchor in the VNAZ you'll be branded as an unthinking planet destroyer or worse.
Studland Bay anchoring
Written by Tyro Sailor | 13th Mar 2022
This article from the RYA gives the up to date information on the Marine Conservation Zone

And the official line is here


Thanks, Don, for re-posting my comments on anchoring inside the harbour in this more appropriate place. Off Goathorn Point is also good - I spent a quiet night there last year while a fresh sou-wester was blowing outside.
Note from Poole Harbour Marinas notes
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 13th Apr 2021
South of Brownsea Island, as close inshore as you can manage is excellent in a northerly, and close to the entrance.
In a SWly head head up one of the channels to the west and drop the hook off Cleavel Point or somewhere similar, but make sure you won't swing into the channel. Everywhere, as far as I've discovered so far is fairly soft mud.

Wherever you go, make sure you get the tide right or you might find yourself stuck for a fortnight.
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 12th Apr 2021
I reviewed these notes in April 2021. There is not much to update; the harbour dues have increased and the prices at Sandbanks also.
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Written by Don Thomson | 2nd May 2018
We have checked upon the Studland Bay Conservation Zone and there are no legal restrictions to anchoring there. No other changes; new charts and new prices
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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 10th May 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in May 2106. The MCZ controversey in Studland Bay rumbles on but , at the moment, no yachting restrictions are in place. There are no plans at the moment to provide mooring buoys there.
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Update March 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 20th Mar 2014
There are no changes apart from the removal of the Voluntary No Anchor Zone. That trial has been completed.
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 4th Feb 2013
The notes for the Approaches to Poole harbour and the Anchorages in Studland Bay were updated by Don T on the 4th February 2013. There are no changes to the original notes apart from the revision of the circumstances surrounding the Voluntary No Anchor Zone in Studland Bay.
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