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Poole Quay Boat Haven

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Poole Quay Boat Haven is located on the south coast of England and is set on the north shore of the extensive Poole Harbour. It is positioned at the east end of Poole Town Quay and at the heart of the historic town of Poole.

Located deep within England’s most extensive natural harbour and behind a breakwater, the marina offers complete protection. Safe access is available in almost all reasonable conditions, night or day, and at all states of the tide. The outer entrance to Poole Harbour may however become very rough or even dangerous on an ebb tide during south-easterly gales.
Please note

Leisure craft should use a Boat Channel that runs parallel to the commercial shipping channel in the outer entrance. Once inside Poole Harbour smaller yachts should join the Boat Channel that commences to the northeast of Brownsea Island and follows the southwest side of the commercial fairway to Poole’s approach channel.




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Keyfacts for Poole Quay Boat Haven
 +44 1202 649 488      info@poolequayboathaven.co.uk           Ch.80 [Poole Quay Boat Haven]
Approaches
5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.


Considerations
Dangerous to enter when it is Beaufort force 8 or more from ESE, SE, SSE and S.Note: could be two hours or more from the main waterwaysNote: strong tides or currents in the area that require considerationNote: harbour fees may be charged


Nature
Marina or pontoon berthing facilitiesNavigation lights to support a night approachUrban nature,  anything from a small town of more 5,000 inhabitants  to a large cityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity
Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWaste disposal bins availableDiesel fuel available alongsidePetrol available alongsideGas availableShop with basic provisions availableMini-supermarket or supermarket availableExtensive shopping available in the areaLaundry facilities availableShore power available alongsideShore based toilet facilitiesShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaCashpoint or bank available in the areaPost Office in the areaInternet café in the areaInternet via a wireless access point availableDoctor or hospital in the areaPharmacy in the areaChandlery available in the areaTrolley or cart available for unloading and loadingMSD (marine sanitation device) pump out facilitiesMarine engineering services available in the areaRigging services available in the areaElectronics or electronic repair available in the areaSail making or sail repair servicesBus service available in the areaTrain or tram service available in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometresBicycle hire available in the areaCar hire available in the areaTourist Information office availableHandicapped access supportedShore based family recreation in the area

Last modified
June 9th 2017; suggest a correction?

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
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Summary

A completely protected location with safe access.

LWS draught

3 metres (9.84 feet).

Today's tide estimates

LW 05:31 (0.9m) HW 10:10 (2.2m)
LW 17:47 (0.8m) HW 22:41 (2m)
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Approaches
5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.


Considerations
Dangerous to enter when it is Beaufort force 8 or more from ESE, SE, SSE and S.Note: could be two hours or more from the main waterwaysNote: strong tides or currents in the area that require considerationNote: harbour fees may be charged


Nature
Marina or pontoon berthing facilitiesNavigation lights to support a night approachUrban nature,  anything from a small town of more 5,000 inhabitants  to a large cityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity
Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWaste disposal bins availableDiesel fuel available alongsidePetrol available alongsideGas availableShop with basic provisions availableMini-supermarket or supermarket availableExtensive shopping available in the areaLaundry facilities availableShore power available alongsideShore based toilet facilitiesShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaCashpoint or bank available in the areaPost Office in the areaInternet café in the areaInternet via a wireless access point availableDoctor or hospital in the areaPharmacy in the areaChandlery available in the areaTrolley or cart available for unloading and loadingMSD (marine sanitation device) pump out facilitiesMarine engineering services available in the areaRigging services available in the areaElectronics or electronic repair available in the areaSail making or sail repair servicesBus service available in the areaTrain or tram service available in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometresBicycle hire available in the areaCar hire available in the areaTourist Information office availableHandicapped access supportedShore based family recreation in the area

Last modified
June 9th 2017; suggest a correction?

Position and approaches
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Haven position

50° 42.689' N, 001° 59.114' W

This is the head of the breakwater, passed to starboard, at the entrance.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in the westbound Route location or eastbound Route location sequenced 'Selsey Bill to Start Point' coastal description. Entry into Poole Harbour and the run up to Poole are covered in the Poole Town Quay Click to view haven entry.


Not what you need?
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 Poole Quay Boat Haven for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Poole Town Quay - 0.1 miles WNW
  2. Port of Poole Marina - 0.1 miles SSW
  3. Poole Yacht Club - 0.3 miles WSW
  4. Cobb's Quay - 0.5 miles NW
  5. Parkstone Yacht Club - 0.6 miles E
  6. Brownsea Island - 0.7 miles S
  7. Lake Yard Marina - 0.8 miles W
  8. Salterns Marina - 0.8 miles ESE
  9. Shipstal Point - 1.1 miles SW
  10. Goathorn Point - 1.2 miles S
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Poole Town Quay - 0.1 miles WNW
  2. Port of Poole Marina - 0.1 miles SSW
  3. Poole Yacht Club - 0.3 miles WSW
  4. Cobb's Quay - 0.5 miles NW
  5. Parkstone Yacht Club - 0.6 miles E
  6. Brownsea Island - 0.7 miles S
  7. Lake Yard Marina - 0.8 miles W
  8. Salterns Marina - 0.8 miles ESE
  9. Shipstal Point - 1.1 miles SW
  10. Goathorn Point - 1.2 miles S
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence


How to get in?
Please use our integrated Navionics chart to appraise the haven and its approaches. Navionics charts feature in premier plotters from B&G, Raymarine, Magellan and are also available on tablets. Open the chart in a larger viewing area by clicking the expand to 'new tab' or the 'full screen' option.

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Poole Quay Boat Haven is located on the east side of Poole Town Quay, immediately within the entrance. It has 125 berths and can accommodate yachts of up to 60 metres in length, with prior arrangement, and supports draughts of up to 3 metres. The approaches through Poole Bay and Poole Harbour provide for a draft of not less than 6 metres CD up to Poole Quay Boat Haven, and 3.3 metres at the entrance to the marina.

Poole Quay Boat Haven holds about 100 berths for short term lets or visitor berthing. Due to its central location berths are very popular and particularly so during summer months. It is therefore advisable to make berthing arrangements in advance by contacting the marina on VHF Ch. 80 call sign [Poole Quay Boat Haven] or P: +44 1202 649488.

If Poole Quay Boat Haven gets overwhelmed it caters for its overflow by placing visitors on ‘The Town Quay’ and ‘Port of Poole Marina’ opposite.

Weekly and monthly rates are available at Poole Quay Boat Haven. Peak daily summer berthing fees, as of 2016, are:
  • • £4 per metre.
  • • £3.40 per metre if harbour dues are already paid - usually applicable to local boats with annual harbour berths.
Berths should be available from 12 noon for arrival, and should be vacated by 12 noon on the day of departure. With ample advance booking the marina welcomes rallies or group events who can make use of discounted group berthing rates for 10 or more vessels. Poole Quay Boat Haven receives short stay visitors who wish to have a berth for up to 4 hours. A flat rate of £6.50 is charged for vessels up to 10 metre LOA, £12.50 for 10.1 – 20 metres LOA and £22.50 for 20.1 metres LOA and above. A maximum of two short stays can be combined for a longer daytime stay.




Convergance Point Entry into Poole Harbour and the run up to Poole are covered in the Poole Town Quay Click to view haven entry. Poole Quay Boat Haven is located immediately east of Town Quay. Berths are allocated on the day of arrival and the marina should be contacted about 30 minutes before arriving so the staff may provide the allocated berthing location.




It is advisable to pass the entrance to access the tidal streams and wind conditions before turning and making a final approach into the marina. Stand a little off the breakwater on the final approach as is has a sizeable foot.


Haven location Berth as directed by the marina office.




What's the story here?
Poole Quay Yacht Haven fronts the eastern end of the old Town Quay wall that was once the old berthing location of leisure yachts.



Close to Town Quay it offers immediate access to the lively cafés, bars, restaurants and the historic town detailed in the Poole Town Quay Click to view haven entry. However, out of the wash, stepped back from the quay itself and away from the central quay’s hurly-burly, it offers a much more restful berth with all facilities. With only a marginal uplift from the Town Quay berthing fees this has, over recent years, made it the main stopover for visitors wanting to lie alongside in Poole.


What facilities are available?
All pontoons have water and electricity. There is a toilet on the pontoon and further shower and toilets located ashore across the road. Poole Quay Boat Haven has a token operated system, available from staff in reception, for a washing machine and tumble dryer.

There is a fuel pontoon just below the bridge on the south side of the quay. With Poole Harbour catering to an annual fleet of 5,000 leisure craft and having a world class boat builder adjacent, it can be taken that it offers almost any conceivable marine service or facility a vessel could require.

Poole’s town centre stretches from the water’s edge at Poole Town Quay up to the Dolphin Shopping Centre. Within a few strides The Quay and Old Town provide a range of small, independent shops, including a well-stocked and capable chandlery, a host of pubs, take away outlets, a mini supermarket and good restaurants. Dorset's largest indoor shopping centre, ‘The Dolphin Shopping Centre’ that has 110 stores covering all items is a 15 minute walk along the high street.

Poole railway station is located in the town and is served by London Waterloo to Weymouth express and semi-fast services. From east to west these call at Branksome near the border with Bournemouth, Parkstone, Poole railway station in the town centre and Hamworthy. Most local bus services are run by ‘More Bus’ who are based at the town's bus station. It operates networks across Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Salisbury, in addition to operations on the Isle of Purbeck and the New Forest. Poole is also a calling point for National Express Coaches, which have frequent departures to London Victoria Coach Station. Direct services to the Midlands, the North of England and to Heathrow and Gatwick airports can also be found in the town.

Bournemouth International Airport is on the periphery of Bournemouth only 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Poole Town Quay. Ferry services from Poole Harbour to Cherbourg are provided by Brittany Ferries who operate one round trip per day.


Any security concerns?
Access to the marina is via key code secured gates. The marina has 24 ­hour security.


With thanks to:
John Binder CMM Poole Quay Boat Haven & Port of Poole Marina manager and Kirsty Caño, Marina Assistant. Photography with thanks to Michael Harpur.


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Poole Harbour overview provided by Poole Quay Boat Haven



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