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Portsmouth Harbour 1- Entrance plus Haslar, Camber and Gunwharf

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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

Haslar Dredging
Written by baart | 4th Sep 2021
Just to make everyone aware they have started dredging the marina and was told today they would not be taking any visitors until November
Haslar Marina
Written by DWALL | 17th Aug 2021
Haslar is very handy Marinas for cross channel passage meet ups and Eastern Solent sailing ! Great staff .It needs more showers and toilets though ! Far too few for size of marina ! And the restaurant is closed in 2021 ! They need sort this out .

Update on Hardys/ Trinity's
Written by Judith10 | 7th Aug 2021
At present (August 21) the shore restaurant has been open but is now closed. It is being redeveloped to be the new marina office and the new restaurant will be where the office now is. It will give waterside views to the diners.
Presumably the office staff will monitor the marina with camers and walking about rather than looking out of their window?
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 20th Apr 2021
I reviewed these notes in April 2021 intending to change Haslar to "Boatfolk" (which I've done.) Thanks for all the info on Haslar Judith - I'll get round to editing the text but for the moment I have all of the Dean Ready and Quayside marinas to change to boat folk!!
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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

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