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AC 2049 Old Head of Kinsale to Tuskar Rock, AC 1777 Port of Cork Lower Harbour and Approaches, AC1773 Upper Cork Harbour, S5622 and Imray C57 (inc 3 plans)

Rules & Regulations

Two basic rules. Speed restricted to 6 kts in various parts of the harbour and large vessels are restricted by draft to the marked navigation channels and should be given room. See the Port of Cork website (link below) for other guidance.


Cow Rock close SW of Roche’s Point. In strong Southerlies there’s quite a fetch into the harbour so where it narrows between Rams Head and Dogsnose Point against an ebb tide it can get quite rough.

Tidal Data Times & Range

Cobh is a Standard Port. MHWS 4.1m MHWN 3.2m MLWN 1.3m MLWS 0.4m   (links)

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General Description

Port Operations.....................  VHF12   tel no +353 (0) 21 481 1380   
Cork City Marina................................... tel no +353 (0) 21 427 3125
Royal Cork Yacht Club............VHF M  tel no +353 (0) 21 483 1023  
Crosshaven Boatyard Marina..VHF M tel no +353 (0) 21 483 1161  
Salve Marina........................................tel no +353 (0) 21 483 1145
East Ferry Marina................................tel no +353 (0) 21 481 3390
Cork Harbour Marina.......................tel no +353 (0) 21 484 1031 or (0) 873669009 (mob)
Cove Sailing Club............................tel no +353  (0) 873334038 (mob)
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The approach is straightforward and the white light house on Roche’s Point is visible for miles; ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

As has been said, space is at a premium here and it would be wise....... to contact your chosen marina before setting out to ascertain whether space is available. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Exiting Cork Harbour
Written by Fiona Balloch | 18th Jun 2023
Careful going out in S or SE wind over tide. We had pretty awful time with nasty sea state. We were going west but should perhaps have hugged the east shore then gone way off shore before coming west, but didn't...
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Cork City Marina
Written by Fiona Balloch | 18th Jun 2023
Despite all the info on the booking app and confirmation email from marina, the marina security gate is apparently always open so people just come up there at any time and use the pontoon (without paying...?) - the pontoon is unstaffed.
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Cork City Marina
Written by Fiona Balloch | 14th Jun 2023
The marina is booked and paid for via an app. You even choose which specific berth you want, but if you have never been there before, that is not much help as there is no berthing map! The marina is just one long pontoon with berthing both sides. All berths were available when we booked. Electric is in the price. We were charged 76 euros for 2 nights for 9.8m boat. Then they emailed me the gate code. If you want to get in, in the evening, you have to phone security and give them a password...! Pontoon is good with lots of electric hook ups. A bit noisy from bridge traffic but otherwise fine. Lots of room to turn the boat to get into the berth.
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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 6th Oct 2022
No changes apart from prices all round
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 25th Aug 2021
I reviewed these notes in August 2021. The major change is that the Cove (Cobh) Sailing Club has now installed it's new marina and added a wave break to reduce the swell caused by passing ships. The marina at Monkstown is still trying to get permission to build shore facilities. The City of Cork Marina has changed hands and little is known about the new owners intentions. The well established marinas remain the same but prices have increased.
Update Summer 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 15th Jul 2019
These notes were reviewed in July 2019. The older established facilities in Owenboy River have not changed much, apart from their prices, but the newer establishments are running into problems with planning permissions; the Cobh (White Point) Marina being built by the Cove Sailing Club came to a grinding halt and is only this year regaining some sort of momentum. Across the other side the Cork Harbour Marina is still trying to get permission to build on the foreshore which is crippling their attractiveness.
Picked up bouy at Cobh
Written by Ningaloo | 11th Jul 2019
Further to my previous post, we passed Cobh on our way back from Cork City and picked up a mooring bouy off Whitepoint so we could go ashore. Tried anchoring but little room due to moorings and safety boat for the sailing school gave us permission to take a mooring.
The plans for a large marina have not proceeded however it does look likely that a pontoon will be in place by next season.
Nothing at Cobh, good stop in Cork City
Written by Ningaloo | 11th Jul 2019
No sign of any development at Whitepoint/Cobh, but the pontoon in the city is a very pleasant stopover (€20 + $5 for electric). We were lucky with the wind and managed to sail almost all the way up the river.
Written by Don Thomson | 20th Apr 2017
I reviewed these notes in April 2017. Apart from an inevitable increase in price there is little change; apart, that is, from the Cork Harbour Marina which has completed its pontoons but still needs a lot of work on its shore side buildings.
Cobh Marina Update
Written by Bourke646 | 6th Jul 2015
Cobh Marina's installation has finally commenced after some delays. A landing pontoon has been installed with a gangway (not yet open) with the remaining pontoons due for installation August 2015.

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