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Netley is situated on the north-eastern shore of Southampton Water and north of the Solent and the Isle of Wight. It provides an anchorage out from an active sailing club on the shore.

Set within the tidal estuary it is a well protected anchorage from most weather conditions, but has to be classed as tolerable owing to constant bow waves rolling in from vessels going back and forth to Southampton. Access is safe and easy as The Solent is a protected waterway with plenty of marks and there are no outlying dangers on the approach.



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Keyfacts for Netley
Facilities
Slipway availableShore based toilet facilitiesShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementHot food available in the localityMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderQuick and easy access from open waterSailing Club baseScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
2 metres (6.56 feet).

Approaches
5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
Shelter
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.



Last modified
July 17th 2018

Summary

A good location with safe access.

Facilities
Slipway availableShore based toilet facilitiesShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementHot food available in the localityMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderQuick and easy access from open waterSailing Club baseScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed



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Position and approaches
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Haven position

50° 51.530' N, 001° 20.430' W

This is situated in a deep hole quarter of a mile south from Netley Sailing Club. The best close in depth will be found here and it is out of the way of club activities.

What is the initial fix?

The following Netley initial fix will set up a final approach:
50° 51.385' N, 001° 20.495' W
This is set on the 5 metre contour of the eastern side of the fairway. A course of 200 metres north from here leads to the anchoring position skirting a shallow thumb of water with 1.4 metres.


What are the key points of the approach?

The entry and the run-up thorough The Solent and Southampton Water are covered in
The Solent and Isle of Wight Route location coastal description.


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 Netley for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Port Hamble Marina - 0.7 miles E
  2. Hamble Point Marina - 0.8 miles ESE
  3. Hamble River Harbour Master - 0.8 miles ESE
  4. Warsash Sailing Club - 0.8 miles ESE
  5. Mercury Yacht Harbour - 0.9 miles ENE
  6. Universal Marina - 0.9 miles NE
  7. Ashlett - 1.1 miles S
  8. Elephant Boatyard - 1.2 miles NE
  9. Swanwick Marina - 1.3 miles NE
  10. Deacons Marina and Boatyard - 1.3 miles NE
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Port Hamble Marina - 0.7 miles E
  2. Hamble Point Marina - 0.8 miles ESE
  3. Hamble River Harbour Master - 0.8 miles ESE
  4. Warsash Sailing Club - 0.8 miles ESE
  5. Mercury Yacht Harbour - 0.9 miles ENE
  6. Universal Marina - 0.9 miles NE
  7. Ashlett - 1.1 miles S
  8. Elephant Boatyard - 1.2 miles NE
  9. Swanwick Marina - 1.3 miles NE
  10. Deacons Marina and Boatyard - 1.3 miles NE
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence


Chart
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How to get in?


Netley is on the shores of Southampton Water and the home to the Royal Victoria Country Park. The park comprises 200 acres (81 ha) of mature woodland and grassy parkland that is fronted by a small shingle beach. From 1863 until 1966, the site was home to the Royal Victoria Hospital. All that remains of the hospital today is its conspicuous chapel that makes a prominent mark overlooking the waterway.


Convergance Point The Solent and Isle of Wight Route location coastal description provides approach details. Vessels navigating the six-mile length of Southampton Water should keep a listening watch for Southampton VTS, on VHF Ch 12/16, especially around the docks, and give priority to commercial traffic.

Vessels converging on Netley will find nothing in the way of local hazards by following the marks and staying in reasonable soundings.


Initial fix location Come straight in from the initial fix maintaining a watchful eye on the soundings. Be careful not to come in too close as 300 metres out from the shoreline it abruptly shallows.
The clubhouse of Netley Sailing Club will be seen ashore and the best place to anchor is well clear and to the south of the club’s race marks set in the area immediately offshore.


Haven location Anchor off in excellent mud holding. Land by tender on the beach alongside the south face of the club’s slip. There is plenty of room on the beach here.



Be careful to approach the shore at right angles passing around the head of a large steel outflow pipe that enters the water close south of the slip. The pipe runs out perpendicularly from the shore and its entry point is marked by a conspicuous yellow marker with a cross top on the beach and outer head is a starboard perch.



The club slipways permits launch and recovery at most states of tide but on a very low Spring tide a wade through the slime may be required.


Why visit here?
Set on the idyllic grounds of the Royal Victoria Country Park and overlooked by the church of the Royal Victoria Military Hospital, marked Netley Great Dome on the charts, this is a beautiful and useful family boat anchorage.




Royal Victoria Country Park, is the site of the old Royal Victoria Military Hospital, or Netley Hospital. The hospital was built after the Crimean War and was opened in 1863, and the necessity for having a large military hospital showed the scale of the conflict,. It was 435 metres long and had around 1,000 beds. It was Britain's largest military hospital, and received extensive use during the Boer War and the two World Wars. The hospital was fronted by the 175 metres long Netley Pier that was originally built in 1856 and rebuilt in 1865. The pier was used for patients travelling to the military hospital until it was largely made obsolete by a railway spur that served the hospital from 1901. It continued to be used for patients until it became unsafe and had to be demolished in 1955. The main hospital building was finally closed in 1958, and demolished in 1966 after a major fire in 1963. In 1979 it was converted into the country park that it is today.

The Hospital Chapel is all that remains of the Royal Victoria Military Hospital and it is a Heritage Visitor Centre. Tours are available to go the top of the tower and are worth doing for the view over the Solent.

Behind the park by the ruins of Netley Abbey is the village of Netley. The oldest part of Netley retains the feel of a somewhat old-fashioned and quaint village, with some traditional small shops, and rows of colourful terraced cottages. Although the surrounding area has seen some large scale housing developments the village still retains the feel of a small community.

From a sailing perspective Netley is an ideal location to anchor and let the children loose to play. The Park has tarmac walkways, woodland paths, duck pond, tea rooms, barbecue areas, toilets, children’s play areas and a small gauge railway. A shingle beach fronts the park where it is possible to have a swim especially at high water. Entrance to the park is free.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities apart from the Royal Victoria Country Park's coffee shop and toilets. The Hamble River, entered less than ½ a mile southward, offers almost any conceivable marine service or facility a vessel could require.

The back entrance to the park is a 5-10 minute walk from Netley station. Netley railway station is on the main Southampton to Portsmouth line which features hourly services to Southampton and Portsmouth. Bus no.16 goes to Netley Village from Hamble Square. From the village, follow the brown tourist road signs into the park via the main entrance along the coast road. For bus times contact First Bus +44 23 8022 4854.


Any security concerns?
Nerve an issue known to have occurred to a vessel anchored off Netley.


With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, s/y Whistler of Southampton. Photography Michael Harpur


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The following videos may be useful to help first time visitors familiarise themselves with the Royal Victorian Park area.


This video presents a quick aerial overview of Royal Victoria Country Park





This video presents a longer aerial overview of Royal Victoria Country Park that includes Southampton Water.





A history of the Royal Victoria Military Hospital Netley.





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