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Whitstable Harbour

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Whitstable Street Buoy: 51:23'.86 N 001:01'.60 E Approx. Position


Admiralty, 2571, 1607, SC5606

Rules & Regulations

Permission Required to Enter


Busy Fish and Commercial Harbour, Yachts not welcome. Dries.

Tidal Data Times & Range

Dover +0135 MHWS 5.4m, MHWN 4.3m, MLWN 1.5m, MLWS 0.6m

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General Description

Whitstable is a drying harbour turned over to commercial and fishing use only. ... read more


Before attempting any entry it is essential to contact the Whitstable harbourmaster. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

After having obtained permission to enter the harbour, seek the harbour master's advice about where to berth your boat to cause the least disruption. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update May 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 10th May 2022
No changes
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 23rd Mar 2021
This is still a commercial harbour without facilities for visiting yachts. You should only request entry in extremis.
Written by Don Thomson | 4th Apr 2018
No changes except for new charts - with new soundings
Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 22nd Mar 2016
This is still a commercial harbour with no provisions for yachties.
Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 15th Apr 2014
These notes were reviewed in April 2014. Whitstable remains a small commercial harbour and does not have any facilities for a yachtsman and should still only be viewed as a "bolt hole" if your circumstances require you to get into a harbour sharpish.
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 21st Mar 2013
These notes were reviewed by Don T on the 21st March 2013. The situation here is unchanged and yachtsmen should only consider this port in an emergency. Any plans for a yacht haven here are very much on the back burner. NB the sector light here has been discontinued.
General Descripion
Written by peejaybee1 | 24th Jun 2012
The harbour is controlled by Canterbury City Council and not County Council.

Yachts would be ill advised to enter the harbour for the purpose of berthing except in emergency, as there are more powerful service vessels for the offshore wind farms, at least six of them now, leaving little room for the existing fishing vessels to moor up.

The Thames barge Greta is there for excursions during the summer months; her normal overwintering berth is at Faversham
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