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East Ferry Marina

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East Ferry Marina is situated on the south coast of Ireland and deep within Cork’s extensive natural harbour. It is located within a river, on the east side of the harbour’s largest island called Great Island. The haven offers a remote marina in a beautiful wooded location with the busy town of Cobh a short taxi ride away.

Set deep inside the harbour and upriver, the marina offers complete protection from all conditions. Safe access is assured in all reasonable conditions by Cork Harbour, one of the most easily approached, well-marked and safest natural harbours in the world.
Please note

The run-up to the marina is about six miles from the entrance. Passage tides will be a prime consideration as they reach 3kn at springs and the marina is best avoided on the ebb with a strong southeasterly.




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Keyfacts for East Ferry Marina
Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWater available via tapWaste disposal bins availableDiesel fuel available alongsideSlipway 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 areaMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationScrubbing posts or a place where a vessel can dry out for a scrub below the waterlineShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
Remote or quiet secluded locationMarina or pontoon berthing facilitiesNavigation lights to support a night approachScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require considerationNote: harbour fees may be charged

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
7 metres (22.97 feet).

Approaches
5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.



Last modified
June 17th 2020

Summary

A completely protected location with safe access.

Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWater available via tapWaste disposal bins availableDiesel fuel available alongsideSlipway 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 areaMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationScrubbing posts or a place where a vessel can dry out for a scrub below the waterlineShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
Remote or quiet secluded locationMarina or pontoon berthing facilitiesNavigation lights to support a night approachScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require considerationNote: harbour fees may be charged



 +353 21 4813390      +353 86 7357785      Ch.80 M [East Ferry Marina]
Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 51.970' N, 008° 12.790' W

This is the position of the marina’s outermost pontoon.

What is the initial fix?

The following Cork Harbour initial will set up a final approach:
51° 46.580' N, 008° 15.460' W
This waypoint is a mile out from the entrance and near the Outflow Marker Fl(Y) 20s. It is set on the alignment of 354° (T) of the Dogsnose leading lights that are situated on the east side of Cork Harbour entrance. This waypoint sets up an east channel approach but a vessel may alter course to and enter via the west channel.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in southeastern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Rosslare Harbour to Cork Harbour Route location. Details for vessels approaching from the southwest are available in southwestern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Cork Harbour to Mizen Head Route location. Use the directions provided for the Cork City Marina Click to view haven for Cork Harbour approaches and entry.


Not what you need?
Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Below are the ten nearest havens to East Ferry Marina for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Northeast of Great Island - 0.6 miles NNE
  2. Aghada - 0.8 miles S
  3. Cuskinny - 1.3 miles WSW
  4. Cobh - 2 miles WSW
  5. Spike Island - 2.1 miles WSW
  6. White Bay - 2.5 miles SSW
  7. Glenbrook - 2.7 miles W
  8. Cork Harbour Marina - 2.9 miles WSW
  9. Crosshaven - 3 miles SW
  10. Drake’s Pool - 3.6 miles SW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Northeast of Great Island - 0.6 miles NNE
  2. Aghada - 0.8 miles S
  3. Cuskinny - 1.3 miles WSW
  4. Cobh - 2 miles WSW
  5. Spike Island - 2.1 miles WSW
  6. White Bay - 2.5 miles SSW
  7. Glenbrook - 2.7 miles W
  8. Cork Harbour Marina - 2.9 miles WSW
  9. Crosshaven - 3 miles SW
  10. Drake’s Pool - 3.6 miles SW
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What's the story here?
East Ferry Marina
Image: MrDmhiston


East Ferry Marina lies on the east side of Great Island in Cork Harbour. Great Island lies just outside Cork City at the mouth of the River Lee and it divides the harbour into Lower and Upper Harbours. It is the largest of the three islands in Cork Harbour and is joined by roads and bridges to the mainland. The island is home to the town of Cobh on its southern shore but the marina, on the rural eastern extremity of the island, lies in a tranquil rural setting.


East Ferry provides a tranquil Cork Harbour berth
Image: Michael Harpur


The 80 berth marina has all-tide access with a minimum approach depth of 3 metres MLWS. It can accommodate vessels carrying up to 5.5 metres. Visitors should make berthing arrangements with the East Ferry Marina owner-manager George Butler Mobile+353 (0)86 7357785, (home) Landline+353 (0) 21 481 1342, VHF 80 M [East Ferry Marina]. The VHF cannot be entirely relied upon when approaching East Ferry Marina. The surrounding hills tend to block the signal and mobile phone coverage can be variable, provider dependent, in this secluded area.


How to get in?
The East Passage as seen from the south with Aghada Pier right
Image: Michael Harpur


Convergance Point Use Ireland’s coastal overviews Rosslare Harbour to Cork Harbour Route location or Cork Harbour to Mizen Head Route location as appropriate for seaward approaches. Directions for entry and run up through Cork Harbour are provided in the Cork City Marina Click to view haven entry.

The route to East Ferry Marina is via the Lower Harbour and then through the East Channel that leads to the East Passage between Great Island and the mainland. The East Channel opens eastward, ½ a mile north by northeast of Whitegate Marine Terminal. This is between the Starboard Hand Markers No. 9 FL.G.5s and Starboard Hand Marker No. 11 FL.G.10s.
Please note

It is prohibited to pass within 100 metres of the Whitegate Marine Terminal refinery pier. There are tug moorings close north-northeast of the Starboard Hand Marker no. 9.




The Whitegate Marine Terminal in the east end of the Lower Harbour
Image: Michael Harpur


Once through the two starboard marks the path to the East Passage, to the east of Great Island, takes a mean heading of about 70° T for about 2½ miles. Tidal streams in the East Channel can attain up to 3 kn at springs and it is subject to strong cross tides. It should be avoided on an ebb tide with a strong southeasterly.

The East Passage is an Upper Harbour channel that leads between Great Island on the west and the mainland shore on the east. Its southern entrance is 600 metres wide and lies between Marloag Point, to port on Great Island, and Gold Point, fronted by boulders to starboard on the mainland.


Gurranekennefeake Church opening round Marloag Point
Image: Dermot Sheehan


The East Passage leads in a north by northeast direction to where the confluence of Cork Harbour and the Owenacurra River occurs. The area has pleasantly wooded shorelines for a distance of 1½ miles to a deep water area north of Great Island. A highly conspicuous church will be seen on the easter shore when approaching from the East Channel. It sits at the foot of a wooded hill on the mainland’s shoreline about ½ a mile above Gold Point.


The East Passage
Image: With thanks to ©John Finn


On closer approaches, East Ferry Marina will be found ½ a mile above the southern entrance point on the east side of Great Island almost opposite Church.

East Ferry Marina situated almost opposite to the church
Image: Michael Harpur


Haven location Berth as directed by the marina owner. It is recommended that the helm takes the time to do a few close passes before making a final approach on the pontoon. The East Passage tidal streams, max spring rate 3 kn, turn in a contra eddy within the East Ferry Marina recess.

The wooden pier on the eastern side of East Passage can be used by leisure vessels. It was used by the discontinued ferry service and can take a yacht alongside; check for depths with locals.


Why visit here?
East Ferry derives its name from a public ferry that plied its trade across the East Passage taking people from the mainland to Great Island. Now joined by road bridges the service has long been discontinued but the wooden pier on the eastern mainland side can still be seen. It remains in good condition and is used by leisure and fishing vessels.


The wooden pier of the ferry on the mainland shore
Image: Michael Harpur


East Ferry Marina is the quietest and most remote of Cork Harbour’s six marinas. Despite being five miles from Cobh the marina is set largely in a wooded and rural area that has somehow remained practically untouched by development. The view from the marina is bounded on the island side by farmland to the west and north, and by Marlogue Woods to the south with the harbour estuary below it. Looking east out across the Owenacurra River, to the mainland or Midleton shore, is the pretty Gurranekennefeake Protestant Church sitting at the foot of a wooded hill. All combine to make East Ferry a picture-perfect haven of tranquil beauty.


Yacht passing southward past Gurranekennefeake Church
Image: Michael Harpur


The adjacent Marlogue Woods, also spelled Marloag, is open to the public. The woodlands cover the southeastern edge of Great Island with gravel trails leading through it with a stony beach at the bottom of the hill. This area of land was once owned by the Anglo-Norman family of Walters who held the area up until the late 1600s. They originally planted an orchard here which was subsequently replaced by the current forest of conifers and broadleaves in the late 1800s. The woods offer about an hour’s walk at an easy strolling pace around a loop circuit and it is highly recommended to all visitors. Red squirrel, now almost extinct in southern Britain, can be seen in abundance in the forest. It is also possible to exit from the loop of the forest walk at the pebbled beach and continue along the south side of the island to Cobh. This arduous trek of about 5 km would not be for the faint-hearted.


The pretty East Passage at low water
Image: Michael Harpur


From a boating point of view, East Ferry Marina offers a beautiful tranquil rural setting with all the key sailing comforts, modern facilities as well as a boatyard. For those who want more excitement, Cobh is just a short 7 km taxi ride away with all the resources to cater for its population of 10,000.


What facilities are available?
Cork Harbour is a major yachting centre for Ireland and as such, you can get everything you need, if not at the East Ferry Marina, certainly in the harbour area. The main concentration of services, however, is in the Crosshaven area and East Ferry Marina is not ideal for boat work. That said it is a good location to dry out and scrub alongside a stone pier. Water, electricity, diesel and refuse facilities are available on all pontoons. The marina has showers and toilets. Unfortunately, the Pub & Restaurant at the Marina at East Ferry closed (as advised in 2014). As the economy is fast improving hopefully it will reopen and flourish as before. In the meantime the pub across on the east side of the passage, Murphs Pub, has excellent food and is open all year round.

The Marina has boat hire and a sailing school with great activities for children. The small village of Ballymore, close to the centre of Great Island and approximately 3 km (1.8 mi) from East Ferry and 4 km (2.5 mi) from Cobh, has a pub with a takeaway alongside. A lift to Cobh 7 km (4.3 mi), by taxi is often possible by asking around. Cobh, with a population of about 10,000, has all you need. The towns SuperValu delivers to East Ferry Marina.

One of Cobh's particular strengths is transport. It benefits from a train service to Cork, plus a host of taxi firms and a car hire service. This makes Ireland’s second-largest city Cork, 30 km (19 mi) from East Ferry, highly accessible and all its onward excellent transport connections. Iarnrod Eireann, Ireland's national train company operates from Cork's Kent Train station and is located on the Lower Glanmire Road, north of the River Lee. Less than 10 minutes’ walk from it is the city bus station. Bus Eireann provides a regular national service including an Air Coach bus service from Cork's Parnell Place Bus Station to Cork Airport throughout the week. Cork Airport is conveniently located just 8 kilometres from Cork City Centre.


Any security concerns?
The marina has secured gates, 24hr security and the area is covered by CCTV.


With thanks to:
Anthony McCarthy, local yachtsman.


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