Located within the protected waters of Southampton Waters and almost a mile upriver, the marina offers complete protection. It can be safely accessed night or day, at any state of the tide and in all reasonable conditions.
Keyfacts for Port Hamble Marina
SummaryA completely protected location with safe access.
Position and approaches
Haven position50° 51.581' N, 001° 18.719' W
This is situated on the head of the southern most 'A' pontoon.
What are the key points of the approach?
The Solent and Isle of Wight coastal description. The River Hamble and its approaches are detailed the Deacons Marina and Boatyard entry.
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How to get in?
Located on the west bank of the river and immediately north of Hamble village, officially Hamble le-Rice, Port Hamble Marina is the river’s second marina and the closest to the village. It has 310 berths and can accommodate yachts of up to 24 metres in length and up to 3.6 metres draught. The River Hamble provides a draft of no less than 3 metres chart datum all the way up to Port Hamble Marina.
Port Hamble Marina holds no specific visitor berths and accommodates visiting yachts on the berths of resident holders that are away. It is therefore advisable to make berthing arrangements in advance by contacting the marina on VHF Ch. 80 or P: +44 2380 452741.
The Solent and Isle of Wight 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 the entrance will find nothing in the way of local hazards by staying in reasonable soundings and following the Solent’s ample marks. The entrance to the River Hamble is made known from a great distance by being almost opposite to Fawley Power Station in Southampton Water. Fawley's 198 metres high chimney makes a conspicuous mark throughout the central Solent and beyond.
The approaches and run up the river as far as the Bursledon Bridge, the effective head of navigation for most sailing craft, are covered in the Deacons Marina and Boatyard entry.
Berth as directed by the marina office. As with all the River Hamble’s marinas the helmsman should be mindful of the tide state when berthing at Port Hamble Marina. A great measure of care is required to deal with strong cross currents that could be encountered when passing between the marina’s pontoon heads. This is especially the case on Springs when the ‘river effect’, of a very fast initial tidal drop, is amplified by the Solent’s double high ‘tidal stand’, that only provides the ebb 3 - 4 hours to complete its cycle. This creates a disproportionately sudden and strong ebb flush that requires particular attention from the helmsman.
Why visit here?We are currently out and about finding Havens and talking to sailors like you. By popular user request we have posted this marina in advance of our local area research in order to surface its presence, pontoon arrangement and our dynamic weather, charting and tidal data.
We will return presently to complete our full write up. Keep coming back to see our progress.
What facilities are available?The pontoons provide power and water. All domestic requirements up to and including WiFi can be found within the marina area. A launderette is open 24 hours a day. Diesel and unleaded petrol are available at the fuel bay located at the head of pontoon ‘B’. Gas cylinders are also available at the Marina Reception. The marina provides general waste disposal, and full recycling facilities. Arrangements can be made for the disposal of waste oil.
The marina provides its lifting & boat storage services at MDL’s other two sites on the River Hamble, Hamble Point Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour. There is a large scale chandlery onsite and a wide range of specialist services from rigging services to marine electronics, GRP repairs and cosmetic work and engineering. A very good restaurant and bar overlooks the marina. A 5 minute walk is Hamble-Le-Rice which features several restaurants and pubs plus a useful Co-op where provisions may be bought.
Access to the marina by road from the M3 is via the M27 Eastbound for Portsmouth. Exit at junction 8 of the M27 for Southampton East/Hamble taking the B3397 to Hamble. The B3397 is the only main access road that serves the Hamble Peninsula. Approximately 3 miles long and running straight through the village it is subject to a high volume of road traffic, with daily traffic congestion and slow moving queues.
The village is served by Hamble railway station, which provides services to both Southampton Central and Portsmouth Harbour. These services run once per hour in each direction. From Hamble rail station a local bus service operates to Hamble village. It is also linked by ferry to Warsash, and has bus services from pre-dawn to late night / early morning to and from Southampton and Eastleigh.
Any security concerns?The marina is a secure access area with CCTV throughout.
With thanks to:Michael Harpur S/Y Whistler. Photography Michael Harpur.
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