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Portsmouth Harbour 1- Entrance plus Haslar, Camber and Gunwharf

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


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Admiralty 2036, 2037, 2045, 2628, 2629, 2631, SC5600

Rules & Regulations

Boats under 20m must use Small Boat Channel, All must keep watch on VHF Ch 11 (in entrance), 10Knts Speed Limit in Harbour. Must Keep 50m Away from MOD Ships and Property, and 100m away from submarines.


Narrow Busy Entrance with Strong Tidal Flows

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW +0029 Dover, MHWS 4.7m, MHWN 3.8m, MLWN 1.9m, MLWS 0.8m Tide tables:   (links)

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General Description

For the small craft mariner, Portsmouth is unmissable. The entrance is subject to strong tidal streams, very narrow, tightly controlled, and extremely busy. ... read more


Pilotage directions for Portsmouth Harbour...  Before making any attempt at entry, it will be wise to read through and understand the rules and regulations regarding the boat channel. These are published in the "More Info" section of our coverage. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

For the visiting yachtsman or motorboater there are plenty of opportunities for berthing your boat just within this historic harbour.  ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

A few updates
Written by Judith10 | 19th Mar 2021
Haslar marina is now owned by Boatfolk https://www.boatfolk.co.uk/haslar-marina-portsmouth since they have taken over Dean and Reddyhoff.
The restaurant Hardy’s is now called Trinity’s https://www.trinitysathaslar.co.uk/ and they also run the Mary Mouse, (being picky there is a typo on lightship (extra h)). I hope they survive lockdown since they provided two great restaurants.

Haslar is also the home of a number of organisations including Phoenix Yacht Club http://phoenixyachtclub.co.uk/ which you might wish to add. It is a members club who run two yachts out of Haslar a Westerly Oceanquest 35 and an X-40.

Thanks for providing Visitmyharbour.com since it is such a good resource to sailors.
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 12th Mar 2020
I reviewed these notes in March 2020. Firstly, I've cleared up the text on traffic directions by the No 4 Buoy! I've also had a look at what Gunwharf Quay looks like from the Bar Beacon and given a couple of pointers on identifying it from the small ship Channel. The prices have gone up again I'm afraid and I've uploaded this years charts.
Portsmouth Approach
Written by Artie | 18th May 2018
Planned out my passage from Chichester, using the guide and a reference to Reeds. I have to say, being new to Sailing, the preparation of my pilotage plan was made so interesting and easy, through my membership of this great site.

All ran perfectly to plan, except I missed the entrance to the Gunwharf Quays Marina, passing the Ballast Buoy. The Management of the Marina guided me to a Figurehead which is diametrically opposite the Ballast Buoy... But I just could not locate it.

However I got there in the end! Have to say that a stay at the Gunwharf Marina really is worth it. The Staff there are incredibly helpful and so friendly!!
Leave 4 bar to port
Written by Your Yacht Skipper | 18th Apr 2018
The text re the Swashway still refers to leaving 4 Bar to starboard on entry. All small vessels now leave it to port inbound and outbound.
Written by Don Thomson | 21st Mar 2018
1). Our thanks are due to Gary Flashman who has given us the information in the Eating and Entertainment section. If you are visiting here and find it useful, why not write to us about your own harbour facilities?
2.) Note that between No 4 Bar Buoy and the Ballast buoy small ships should keep to the right but avoid the main shipping channel.
3.) New prices (Haslar has given up charging more at the weekends)
4.) New charts have been uploaded for this and the other sections of Portsmouth
What to do when you visit Portsmouth...
Written by Bryant | 23rd Sep 2017
Expand the "Eating Drinking and Entertainment" section for detailed coverage from VMH member Garry Flashman
Portsmouth Harbour - Small Boat Channel moved to the west
Written by Mark Turner | 25th Apr 2017
The latest Portsmouth Harbour LNTM shows that inbound and outbound traffic should leave no 4 Bar buoy close to port, following the extensive dredging and re-alignment of the main shipping and small boat channels. Previously, the small boat channel ran to the west of No 4 Bar buoy and inbound traffic left No4 Bar to starboard..

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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 21st Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. Everyone has increased their prices and where we have been able they have been updated for the 2016 season.
Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 2nd Apr 2014
These notes were reviewed April 2014. As far as we can tell there are no changes in the facilities; some of the marinas have increased prices, others remain the same; all have been updated to 2014. The only thing to note is that, in a perusal of Local Navigation Warnings, we noticed a couple referring to the Oil Fuel Jetty and especially the hazard caused by mooring lines to dolphins outside the entrance to the Gosport Marina. We have attempted to describe this mooring but if you are in any doubt and do intend to use the Gosport Marina, give the QHM a call for clarification.
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