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Lowestoft Harbour

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


North Pierhead of Harbour : 52:28'.32 N 001:45'.39 E


Admiralty 1535

Rules & Regulations

Permission to Enter reqd. VHF Ch 14. See Text.


Narrow Entrance with Blind Spots, Commercial Shipping.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover -0133 MHWS 2.4m, MHWN 2.1m, MLWN 1.0m, MLWS 0.5m   (links)

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Any kind of approaches to Lowestoft or Great Yarmouth will need up to date charts..... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

There are various options for berthing in Lowestoft, Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club Marina.... ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Mutford Lock and more
Written by Bryant | 6th Jul 2021
I do have a couple of comments on your excellent info on Lowestoft.
1) the fee for Mutford Lock is now £13
2) I know you don't cover the Broads, but a useful snippet for those going inland would be that the VHF channel for the swinging railway bridges beyond the lock and Oulton Broad is ch12
3) You do mention the dredged channel in the Lothing, and it is indeed deep. However it is not marked. There are often several small craft gilling about waiting for the bridge opening. There is nowhere to moor and it is easy to drift too far toward the south embankment. There is a large area of very shallow water off Asda, which I managed to run aground on....fortunately very slowly and easily reversible.
From Anthony
UPDATE SPRING 2021 Further
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 28th Apr 2021
Correction to the note below re 2021 prices all the marinas WITH THE EXCEPTION OF LOWESTOFT CRUISING CLUB have increased their prices for visitors.
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 26th Apr 2021
I reviewed these notes in April 2021. Note the changes to the Kirkley Sector light. ABP have transferred all their rights to the Mutford Lock complex to the Broads Authority. Prices within all the marinas have been adjusted.
The light on Claremount Pier has been removed
Written by robertdown | 1st Apr 2020
The light on Claremount Pier has been removed and you have to use the one on Kirkley Front. The Hamilton Dock marina no longer takes visiting craft
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Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 9th Apr 2019
Little has changed here. We have reinforced the comments made below re the codes on the RN&SYC gates. Prices have changed. The Lowestoft Haven Hamilton Dock facility has been given over entirely to commercial traffic and does not accept visitors
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Nice harbour, lumpy entry.
Written by TonyB | 6th Nov 2018
Arrived at Lowestoft from Great Yarmouth on the 4th November 2018 in a 26 foot Arrensen. The entry was quite choppy despite winds of only F4-5. However we effected an entry and spent a pleasant night at the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club. There was considerable swell in the harbour overnight which meant we snubbed a little
but we could have tied up tighter as the mooring pontoons are of the floating type. The club closed shortly after our arrival which meant we didn't get the shower block and exit gate codes but fortunately another yachtsman was able to enlighten us. If booking a berth for a late or Sunday after 4pm arrival, make sure you get the code on booking otherwise you cannot even leave the club grounds.

The club is superb with bar and restaurant facilities, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff, good clean toilets and showers and electric hook up in the fee which for us was 22.80 pounds.

It is an easy walk into town, the nearest pub being 50 yards away from the club. We went to the Raj restaurant which was brilliant.

Exit from the harbour the following day was exceedingly lumpy with the yacht leaping out of the water such that my crew was thrown off his feet, fortunately without serious injury. Once out to the nearest mark, the seas eased though and a nice run back to GY under foresail and sunshine made the day.
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Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club Marina
Written by Sailing-Rainer | 28th May 2017
Very friendly people in this harbour.
We got a place from a vacant owner.
All the guest places were full of 2 Netherland clubs.
Because of the friendly atmosphere we stayed one day longer
before we start today our voage round Britain.

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Written by Don Thomson | 24th Mar 2017
We've updated the charts and noted the new prices for 2017. We've also checked off shore for any updates of wind farms in this vicinity and there are none!
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Update December 2016
Written by Don Thomson | 13th Dec 2016
The light on Claremount Pier has been removed and you have to use the one on Kirkley Front. The Hamilton Dock marina no longer takes visiting craft
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Hamilton Dock Sept 2016
Written by paulgretton | 2nd Sep 2016
Used this last week on passage North. More space than in Yacht Club Dock, clean,quiet,easier to "park". Weatherspoons 10 mins walk. Ticks all my boxes.
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Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 4th Mar 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2015. There have been small increases to the prices in some places otherwise no significant changes.
Note that in his note of 2011 Tom Webb says that the Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club marina is the only option outside the bridge; this is not quite the case as there is the marina in the Hamilton Dock
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Lowestoft Cruising Club
Written by Jonnat | 18th Jul 2014
Just through the main harbour bridge on the north side of Lake Lothing, the LCC is to be found, friendly people and alongside visitors berths, just a short riverside walk away from the Wherry Hotel that serves a really nice carvery and has wonderful views of the broads....highly recommended.
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Hamilton Dock Marina
Written by jock | 24th May 2013
A well managed marina with spacious finger pontoons. No staff are permanently on site, so if you arrive in the middle of the night just park up and phone them in the morning. Water and electricity (both free) on the pontoons. Free internet connection using a code they will give you, and they will also give you the code for the gate/facilities building. Facilities are good and well looked after. They have a deal whereby paying for 5 nights allows you to stay for 7 nights.

Plenty of space with flat water in Waveney or Hamilton docks to set lines/fenders. Many movements of fishing and wind farm support vessels, it is essential to call on CH 14 inbound and outbound.

The Harbour Inn, across the lifting bridge and opposite the yacht club, offers a friendly welcome, well kept real ale, and good food from a varied menu.
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 3rd Apr 2013
These notes were reviewed by Don T on the 3rd April 2013. very little has changed (except the off shore sand banks!) and prices have been brought into line for 2013.
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Tom Webb, around Britain on a 21' Beneteau 2011
Written by Tom Webb Sailing | 31st Oct 2011
10/7 – Lowestoft – I arrived in Lowestoft a happy man as it took me days to take the short hop from Woodbridge due to bad weather. Lowestoft has a great entrance with a clear buoyed channel, you have to radio on 14 to get clearance as they may want to make you wait for another boat to come out, there’s a lot of room in the inner harbour before the Royal Yacht club entrance which you can take down sails or get fenders and warps ready. The Royal club it a fully equipped marina that offers free Wi-fi and surprisingly basic facilities. It is quite pricey here but unless you want to go right up the river through the swing bridge and foot bridge its your only option. There’s ton to do on shore and all very close by.
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No regrets...I moved to Lowestoft
Written by Pete | 15th Mar 2011
This contains about everything needed for both the resident and visiting boat owner alike for a stress free stay in this friendly port. ( I should know I have a boat here.)
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