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Dunabrattin (Boatstrand)

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Dunabrattin is a small coastal pier situated on the south coast of Ireland approximately ten miles northeast of Dungarvan and twelve miles west of the Waterford Harbour Estuary. It provides an anchorage off a secluded boat harbour.

This is an exposed fair weather anchorage as Dunabrattin Head affords little protection. The bay has unimpeded seaward approaches making access and anchoring very straightforward.



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Keyfacts for Dunabrattin (Boatstrand)
Facilities
Marked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationPleasant family beach 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 waterRemote or quiet secluded locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
2 stars: Exposed; unattended vessels should be watched from the shore and a comfortable overnight stay is unlikely.



Last modified
May 4th 2018

Summary

An exposed location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Marked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationPleasant family beach 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 waterRemote or quiet secluded locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed



Position and approaches
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Haven position

52° 8.247' N, 007° 18.142' W

This is the northern head of the pier.

What is the initial fix?

The following Dunabrattin initial fix will set up a final approach:
52° 7.980' N, 007° 17.628' W
This is ¾ of a mile southeast of the harbour on the 10 metre contour.


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.


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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 Dunabrattin (Boatstrand) for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Stradbally Cove - 3.7 miles WSW
  2. Helvick - 6.4 miles WSW
  3. Port of Waterford - 6.4 miles NE
  4. Ballynacourty (The Pool) - 6.6 miles WSW
  5. Little Island - 6.8 miles NE
  6. Dunmore East - 7.2 miles E
  7. Dungarvan Town Quay - 7.4 miles WSW
  8. Creadan Head - 8.2 miles ENE
  9. Seedes Bank - 8.4 miles ENE
  10. Passage East - 8.5 miles ENE
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Stradbally Cove - 3.7 miles WSW
  2. Helvick - 6.4 miles WSW
  3. Port of Waterford - 6.4 miles NE
  4. Ballynacourty (The Pool) - 6.6 miles WSW
  5. Little Island - 6.8 miles NE
  6. Dunmore East - 7.2 miles E
  7. Dungarvan Town Quay - 7.4 miles WSW
  8. Creadan Head - 8.2 miles ENE
  9. Seedes Bank - 8.4 miles ENE
  10. Passage East - 8.5 miles ENE
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence


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Dunabrattin is a small artificial harbour situated on the northeast side of Dunabrattin Head. The small fishing pier set into the foot of the headland dries out to its head.

Western Approach Between Dungarvan Bay and Great Newtown Head, for a distance of 12 miles, the coast is largely characterised by precipitous sea cliffs, groups of stacks, caves, arches and storm beaches that provide much visual interest. It is fringed by detached masses of rock, with occasional islets and inlets such as Stradbally Cove that are clear of outlying dangers.

A useful mark for vessels approaching from the west is the 68 meters high Ballyvoyle Head situated about seven miles southwest of Dunbrattin Head. It can be distinguished by the ruins of the square tower and Clonea Castle that stands close north of the headland.

The next useful mark to the east is Bunmahon situated about 3.6 miles east-northeast. The rock is mostly red sandstone or conglomerate, and the coast has a history of mining for copper in the 1800’s. Some of the ventilation shafts are visible from the sea. The buildings and tall stacks in Bunmahon village are conspicuous from offshore. The square tower of the disused Bunmahon 'Church of Ireland' will be seen up the hill from the village.

Eastern Approach For vessels approaching from the east, Burke and Sheep islands are clusters of bold rocky islets, lying about 2 miles to 2.5 miles to the west of Great Newtown Head, and extending half a mile from the shore. They are clear of outlying dangers.

Initial fix location Come straight in from the initial fix as there are no off-lying dangers.

Haven location Anchor according to draft and conditions. Vessels that can take to the hard can come alongside the pier and dry out at high water.


What's the story here?
Dunabrattin, locally known as Boatstrand, derives its name from the fort, Dún, of a Celtic clan called the Brattins who held this cliff top around 2,000 years ago.

The cliffs immediately east of the harbour are a soft mudstone laid in an Antarctic ocean 460 million years ago. Further east lava dykes can be seen intruding into the mudstone and baking it into a harder consistency. At various places on the cliffs and on fallen rocks, patches of iron pyrite often called Fools gold, glitter in the sun. All along the cliff-tops lie the debris from the glaciers deposited a mere 12,000 years ago.



Dunabrattin defensive features are still very much in evidence. A fosse and embankment across the headland formed a fort, ‘Dún’ to protect its Celtic clan. Dunabrattin’s promontory fort covered an area of around 6 hectares and was the largest to be found along the Waterford coastline.
The little harbour below, locally called Boatstrand harbour, was built in the late 1880s though as the name implies the strand had been used for boating and fishing for generations before. On the cliffs, behind the harbour, is a well, the remains of a 19th-century lime kiln, and an area which was explored for copper in the 19th century.

Today the area consists of around 14 cottages, and the harbour is a hub of activity especially in the summer months. A small fishing fleet and leisure craft launch from its slip and piers. Dunabrattin Head is also very popular with anglers as it is reportedly one of the best fishing spots in County Waterford. This is due to the rocks at the end of the head which attracts fish such as mackerel because of the warmer temperatures there.

It is also a popular point for sea bathing with many swimmers using Boatstrand as the finishing point for their swim. The ebbing tide on the beach to the east reveals rock pools, miniature universes in themselves. At low tide, the ubiquitous bladder-rack dominates with its blister-like ‘bladders’ and its rounded regular leaves. The thin red strips of dilisk, called dulse elsewhere in Ireland, left plastered on the rocks by the ebb of the water are a local delicacy once washed and boiled.

Those who come aloft to explore the ‘Dún’, or promontory fort, will find a look-out post built during World War II at the tip of the headland. From here, at the outer end of Dunabrattin Head, there is a fine coastal panorama east towards Tramore and west to Dungarvan Bay and Helvic Head. Silhouetted behind are the great blocks of the Comeragh Mountains.



The very popular Annestown beach lies close east with is shallow strand. It is a popular destination for surfers when there is a large swell up.


What facilities are available?
There is nothing here except for a landing pier and its slipway.


Any security concerns?
A yacht is most likely to be completely alone anchored off this pier and away from any interference.


With thanks to:
eOceanic.com research.


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