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Portland Harbour

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Safe Offing 50:36'N 002:25'W (For North Channel)


Admiralty 2255, 2268, SC5601

Rules & Regulations

6 knts in many areas, 10 knts in others, Do not approach commercial area. See Map


Some Commercial Shipping

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover-0430 MHWS 2.1m MHWN 1.4m MLWN 0.7m MLWS 0.2m   (links)

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General Description

An absolutely massive harbour built for the Royal Navy, and now...... ... read more


For yachtsmen and motorboaters approach from the West involves rounding the..... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

The impressive Portland Marina is now open, you can't miss it, and we've got the latest chart. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Stayed and left the boat here for a week in mid April
Written by Chris99 | 29th Apr 2024
Our home marina is also Boatfolk, so no need for us to pay.

We entered and exited via the East entrance after clearing with the HM. I'm not sure if this is made clear in the above notes, but the South entrance is not only blocked by a wreck, but also by a wire strung across at about 1.5m above HW level.

Although some taps have hoses attached, many don't. Only mentioning because the site implies there are hoses on all the taps.

We were thinking about going to Weymouth marina but so glad we came here. Very impressive entering the enormous harbour and the marina itself is large with great facilities.

There are a couple of shops within 5 or 10 minutes walk.

Food at "Salt" is really not great and might be worth looking at other nearby options for dining.
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Update April 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 26th Apr 2022
I reviewed these notes near the end of April 2022. There is the usual increase in prices but, compared to Poole it is cheap. The whole harbour is a hive of Leisure activity during the day and at weekends but there is not much night life; for that you'd need to go to Weymouth (where all us matelots used to go!!)
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 14th Apr 2021
I reviewed these notes in April 2021. No changes apart from prices. The Harbour says it is servicing "about 800" commercial vessels per year now - which means a couple per day so keep your eyes open.
Visited summer 2018
Written by Tyro Sailor | 16th Mar 2021
A while ago now, but this won't have changed.

Enormous harbour, enormous marina. The visitors' berths are near the marina entrance and miles from the office and loos. It's not insignificant that the staff have bikes to get around the wide pontoons.
The heads and showers etc., when you get there, are v good. You may need to plan ahead.
As far as I can see, the only advantage Portland has over Weymouth is its proximity to the Bill.
Written by Don Thomson | 2nd May 2018
They have a new dry stack at the marina. The prices have gone up. We have chatted to the HM and been told that the East Channel can be used by yachts as long as they seek permission on #74 and there is no commercial activity.
Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 11th May 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in May 2016. The rates have been adjusted. The improvements here are astounding when compared to 30 years ago.
Update March 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 31st Mar 2014
Correction to the note below; Rates are being held to last year's
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Update March 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 21st Mar 2014
The marina is due to increase its visiting boat tariffs for 2014 but has not yet published them. We will update these when they are known.
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 7th Feb 2013
Portland harbour notes were updated by Don T on the 7th February 2013. Information re the inshore passage at Portland Bill and Lulworth Cove Firing Range has been added. The marina has held its 2012 prices which are quoted.
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