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Deben, River (Woodbridge Haven)

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Woodbridge Haven Safe Water Buoy (Approx Position Only) 51:58'.24 N 001:23.85 E


Admiralty, 2693, SC5607

Rules & Regulations

See Text


Entrance can be Dangerous, see text.

Tidal Data Times & Range

Entrance: Dover +0025, Woodbridge: Dover +0105 MHWS 4.0m MHWN 3.1m, MLWN0.9m, MLWS 0.4m   (links)

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General Description

The River Deben, or Woodbridge Haven as it is also known..... ... read more


There are gloomy warnings on the charts about the approaches to the Deben, with it's shifting shingle banks and bar. Use the link below to view the most recent chart of the entrance. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

As you enter the River and clear Horse Shoal.... ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update April 2023
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 11th Apr 2023
There is a new chart to download courtesy of the East Coast Pilot - DO NOT use the 2022 charts.
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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 4th Aug 2022
We have cleared the text up to reflect the the revised buoyage. I would imagine that in any sort of an Easterly it would be a very rolly approach?
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 3rd Aug 2022
Thanks Sea Searcher (below). I am aware that the Deben Red Can buoy has been removed and the Green SHM laid - that is highlighted in the East Coast Pilot download. I wasn't aware that the Horse PHM had been removed. What I haven't done yet is edit the text in this article to reflect the changes given by the ECP - that will be done toute sweet.
Amendments to R Deben entrance
Written by Sea Searcher | 2nd Aug 2022
Coming into the river past the Martello tower, note that the Red buoy "Deben" has been removed. There is now a Green buoy with conical topmark "Deben" on the other side of the channel marking the spit where the two channels merge. The remainder of the description is still accurate.

Passing the moorings, the red can buoy "Horse" was removed several years ago, so please ignore all the references to it in the description.. It is best to contact the Harbour Masters if you want to pick up a mooring.
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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 20th Jul 2022
We have been advised of a change to the entry channel buoyage which can be found on the East Coast Pilot link in the Approach section
Update May 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 24th May 2022
I reviewed these notes in May 2022. a Link to the East Coast Pilot's download page for this year's entrance details has been given. Usual increase in tariffs.
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 23rd Apr 2021
I reviewed these notes in April 2021. The new Deben Bar chart is included. All the prices have been updated. Note that there is no longer any anchoring directly outside the Woodbridge Sailing Club. I've updated the info on the Melton Boatyard to include provisioning and Pubs.
Why go all the way to Woodbridge?
Written by CP | 31st May 2019
Stop at Ramsholt, take up a buoy and chat with George. Then you will know that all is right in the world.
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Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 1st May 2019
Hooray - 1st May and the new entrance charts for here have been published. There is a link in the notes above
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Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 8th Apr 2019
I reviewed these notes in early April 2019; the new charts for the entrance have not yet been published so they remain to be linked later on this month. The price has gone up at the Tidemill Marina since we last wrote and several of the phone numbers have changed.

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