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Great Yarmouth (River Yare)

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Entrance 52:34'.30 N 001:44'.70 E


Admiralty 1543 Approach, 1534 Detail

Rules & Regulations

"Slow" Speed Limit, Maximum 7 knots


Narrow Harbour, Lots of Ship Activity, Outer Harbour works in progress.

Tidal Data Times & Range

Haven Bridge Approx Dover -0200 Range Gorleston MHWS 2.4m, MHWN 2.1m, MLWN 1.0m, MLWS 0.5m   (links)

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General Description

Great Yarmouth is built on spit of land between the sea to the East and the narrow River Yare to the West. ... read more


This is another one of those places where you really will need up to date charts to tackle the entrance. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

It is a real shame that there are no more mooring facilities for the visiting yachtsman or motorboater below the bridge and near the town. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson 3 | 26th Apr 2021
I reviewed these notes in April 2021. The Haven bridge is broken and undergoing major repair work. The outer harbour is still verboten for leisure boats and your welcome in Yarmouth sketchy.
Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 8th Apr 2019
These notes were reviewed again in April 2019. Nothing has changed and the welcome mat for yachties remains threadbare
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Watch your tides.
Written by TonyB | 6th Nov 2018
Eight years since my last transit of Great Yarmouth, this year I went from here to Lowestoft for an overnighter. Bridges were pre booked by email at both Breydon and Haven and the service was like clockwork. The bridges and harbour are all on ch.12 vhf and seem to be in communication with each other, all the same we called each individually and received polite and helpful replies.

The facilities in GY harbour have not changed in that they are pretty much non-existent for the yachtsman. The berth at Town Quay just to the seaward side of Haven Bridge requires a berthing plank to keep a yacht off the wooden pile supports and the climb up the slippery dangerous ladder is the same as ever. Shame on you Great Yarmouth.

We left the harbour on the last of an ebb tide and this is probably not a good idea. The seas were extremely steep due to the river ebb undercutting the north flowing tide with a southerly wind behind it. We leapt out of the water and dived into deep troughs with severe rolling if we caught a wave anything other than exactly square on. The narrative on this harbour on this page advises against this timing but we really did not want to enter Lowestoft in the dark for the first time and so we chose to brave the seas. On balance, I wouldn't do it again.

Our entry the next day was also on the last of an ebb and while a bit lively with a following sea in a F4 south easterly, was more comfortable than our exit. We ran the engine up to match the speed of the rollers going in and surfed through the entrance, heading towards the southern harbour entry marker saw us begin our entry slightly sideways due to the north going tide. In these conditions it is important to stay downtide and allow the tide to take you across rather than to be near the starboard side and have to fight the tide to stay off the harbour piling that side.

From then on our transit of the harbour was uneventful, if slow, against the ebb and we only just made our bridge time as we could make but 4 knots over the ground for the two mile transit.
Written by Don Thomson | 24th Mar 2017
There is no change here in respect of the welcome to the leisure skipper. The New outer harbour is still prohibited to non commercial traffic.
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 4th Mar 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2015. Some hyperlinks have changed but little else.
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Update 2103
Written by dononshytalk | 3rd Apr 2013
These notes were reviewed by Don T on the 3rd April 2013. There have been no changes apart from the closure of Bure Marine. The construction of the outer harbour continues but is still prohibited to all visiting traffic.
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Bure Marine is closed
Written by m | 16th Jun 2011
Bure Marine is closed.

I confirm that stay at the bridge was for free.
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Experiences at Great Yarmouth
Written by Bryant | 27th Dec 2010
More Info from Tony.B

I have transited GY twice, spending three nights there in the process. The first time I attempted to leave the
Broads system I was beaten back by heavy weather outside the harbour. I spent two nights on the wall
near the Haven Bridge and found it to be uncomfortable. The fender board I had was some 6 feet long but still
managed to catch on the piling.

The ladders up the wall are tricky and slippery.

There is a garage for petrol about a mile up the road to the east but it's a long walk back with a full outboard tank!

There is a Starbucks and a couple of fair pubs behind the Star Hotel. The Star Hotel itself was mediocre but I understand it is being refurbished.

The harbour staff and CG were very helpful and I wasn't charged at all. I believe this to be common practice for yachts entering or leaving the Broads system but may not apply to visitors.

My second attempt to leave the Broads meant another uncomfortable night on the wall but the trip to Wells was successful at second attempt.

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