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Knockadoon Harbour

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Knockadoon Harbour is located on the south coast of Ireland, just off Knockadoon Head in the southwest corner of Youghal Bay, in Co Cork. It offers an anchorage off a small rural pier.

The Harbour provides an exposed anchorage in prevailing south-westerlies and is entirely open to anything with an easterly component. Access is straightforward as the head is readily identifiable from some distance and there are no outlying dangers.



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Keyfacts for Knockadoon Harbour
Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
3 stars: Tolerable; in suitable conditions a vessel may be left unwatched and an overnight stay.



Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingQuick and easy access from open waterRemote or quiet secluded locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity
Facilities
Slipway availableMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this location

Last modified
May 30th 2017; suggest a correction?

Protected sectors

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Summary

A tolerable location with straightforward access.

LWS draught

2 metres (6.56 feet).

Today's tide estimates

LW 01:01 (1m) HW 07:44 (3.9m)
LW 14:07 (1.1m) HW 20:02 (3.8m)
Now approaching Neaps

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Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
3 stars: Tolerable; in suitable conditions a vessel may be left unwatched and an overnight stay.



Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingQuick and easy access from open waterRemote or quiet secluded locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity
Facilities
Slipway availableMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this location

Last modified
May 30th 2017; suggest a correction?

Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 53.232' N, 007° 51.875' W

This is off the small Harbour in about two metres of water,

What is the initial fix?

The following Knockadoon Harbour initial fix will set up a final approach:
51° 53.158' N, 007° 50.623' W
This is about 400 metres to the northwest of Capel Island where it is clear to approach the anchoring area less than a mile west northwest


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in the westbound Route location or eastbound Route location sequenced 'Rosslare to Cork' coastal description; southern approaches may use either description.


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Try our Advanced Havens Search tool to find locations with the specific attributes you need, or click the 'Next', coastal clockwise, or 'Previous', coastal anti-clockwise, buttons to progress through neighbouring havens. Below are the ten nearest havens to Knockadoon Harbour for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Youghal - 2.5 miles NNE
  2. Ballycotton - 3.8 miles SW
  3. Ardmore Bay - 4.1 miles NE
  4. Northeast of Great Island - 7.8 miles W
  5. East Ferry Marina - 8 miles W
  6. Aghada - 8.1 miles W
  7. Cuskinny - 9.3 miles W
  8. White Bay - 9.4 miles WSW
  9. Dungarvan Town Quay - 9.5 miles NE
  10. Helvick - 9.6 miles NE
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Youghal - 2.5 miles NNE
  2. Ballycotton - 3.8 miles SW
  3. Ardmore Bay - 4.1 miles NE
  4. Northeast of Great Island - 7.8 miles W
  5. East Ferry Marina - 8 miles W
  6. Aghada - 8.1 miles W
  7. Cuskinny - 9.3 miles W
  8. White Bay - 9.4 miles WSW
  9. Dungarvan Town Quay - 9.5 miles NE
  10. Helvick - 9.6 miles NE
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence


How to get in?
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Knockadoon is a small isolate fishing pier situated in the south part of Youghal Bay and on the north side of Knockadoon Head. The pier is located about ¼ of a mile west of a pass between Capel Island and Knockadoon Head or ¾ of a mile west of the easternmost side of Capel Island.

Convergance Point Youghal Bay is entered between Knockadoon Head, with Capel Island situated immediately offshore, and Ram Head that is located about 7 miles northeast. The harbour is immediately inside Knockadoon Head, the extreme point of the mainland on the bays southernmost reach. About 0.5 mile east of Knockadoon Head is Capel Island. Towers standing on Knockadoon Head and Capel Island making both features highly prominent.

Capel Island - Beacon position: 51° 52.927'N, 007° 51.131'W



A sound with from 4 to 5 metres of water, separates Capel Island from Knockadoon Head. Rocky ledges from both shores of the sound contract the channel to little more than a 200 metres wide, and the tide runs through it with great force, occasioning overfalls, which give it an appearance of danger. It is, however, sometimes used by local boats but not recommended for a stranger.



Initial fix location From the initial fix the harbour is readily identifiable. Pass to the north of Capel Island which is rocky, precipitous, and bold-to. Anchor off the pier in sand and mud.

Land at the pier and slipway at Knockadoon Head or on two well-sheltered beaches close by.


What's the story here?
Knockadoon Harbour is a small pier that services open fishing vessels. By the pier is the building that is home to the Knockadoon Camp, a Dominican summer school youth camp based on Christian values. From the harbour a road leads to Knockadoon Head that provides visitors with excellent views out over the Atlantic and Youghal Bay.

Likewise a visit to the attractive 37 metre high Capel Island, just off Knockadoon Head, provides for an interesting and unusual excursion. The island, that separates Ballycotton Bay from Youghal Bay, is very small having just over ten acres and rising to 37 metres. It acquired its name from a Norman family, de Capelle, who were granted the island after the Norman invasion in the 12th century. Capel Island is today privately owned and became largely a Birdwatch Ireland nature reserve. A colony of breeding Cormorant reside on the southwest corner and a small heard of goats roam the island.



The dominant feature of the island is its tower set on its highest point. The building is the stub of an uncompleted 19th century lighthouse. The tower, including the domed roof, is approximately twenty five feet high, the base is also about twenty feet in diameter and it then tapers to about seventeen feet at the top. Stone walls surround the building and a small square out-house. Today the building has a locked gate so it is not possible to explore inside. Although incomplete it still serves as a very useful navigational beacon to distinguish Youghal Bay.

It is possible to land a dinghy on a projecting northwest low headland, from the centre of the island on the northwest side. Two small landing beaches will be found on either side of the foot of this headland. From there it is possible to scramble up to the top of the island.



From a sailing perspective, being just within Knockadoon Head, it is a very useful stopover for a lunch break for vessels making passage up the coast. Likewise it makes a good tide wait location for vessels planning on entering Youghal.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities apart from the slip and pier here. The nearest shops and facilities are at Ballymacoda situated about 5km to the west.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel anchored off Knockadoon.


With thanks to:
inyourfootsteps.com research. Photography with thanks to John Finn, Burke Corbett and John Berry.


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The following videos may help first time visitors familiarise themselves with Knockadoon.


The following video presents a rock climbing outing on Knockadoon Head with some good veiws from the cliffs at about 45 seconds in.




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