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Gunwharf Quays Marina

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Gunwharf Quays Marina is situated on the south coast of England, on the east side of The Solent, and is at the centre of the historic naval dock yards of Portsmouth. It is a modern marina providing immediate access to the city.

Located within The Solent and within the protected natural harbour the marina offers good protection. The marina is however subject to wash from the heavily trafficked waterway and a swell from well-developed westerlies. Safe access is available night or day, at any state of the tide and in all reasonable conditions.



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Keyfacts for Gunwharf Quays Marina
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 areaTrolley or cart available for unloading and loadingBus 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 availableShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
Marina or pontoon berthing facilitiesQuick and easy access from open waterNavigation lights to support a night approachUrban nature,  anything from a small town of more 5,000 inhabitants  to a large cityScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: Can be subject to wash from commercial vesselsNote: 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
5.5 metres (18.04 feet).

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



Last modified
July 17th 2018

Summary

A completely protected location with safe access.

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 areaTrolley or cart available for unloading and loadingBus 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 availableShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
Marina or pontoon berthing facilitiesQuick and easy access from open waterNavigation lights to support a night approachUrban nature,  anything from a small town of more 5,000 inhabitants  to a large cityScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: Can be subject to wash from commercial vesselsNote: strong tides or currents in the area that require considerationNote: harbour fees may be charged



 +44 2392 836732      marina@gunwharf-quays.com      Ch.80 [Gunwharf Quays Marina]
Position and approaches
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Haven position

50° 47.662' N, 001° 6.522' W

This is the southern end of the outer breakwater, adjacent to the entrance, that exhibits a light 2F.G (vert) at night.

What is the initial fix?

The following Portsmouth Harbour initial fix will set up a final approach:
50° 47.006' N, 001° 6.349' W
This is the entrance to the Boat Channel at the No. 4 Port Buoy, Q.R. ‘4’. The Boat Channel extends between the No. 4 Buoy and Ballast Beacon Fl. R. 2.5s within the harbour and must be used by craft of less than 20 metres in length when entering or leaving the harbour.


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.

  • Booking ahead is essential as it is unlikely the Queen’s Harbour Master will allow a marina approach without a secured berth.

  • Tidal planning is essential as little headway can be made at the harbour narrows during maximum ebb.

  • Southern approaches may proceed up the western side of the well-marked and deep main entrance fairway.

  • Western and eastern approaches can take benefit from cuts that save considerable amounts of sailing time.

  • Vessels must stay in the assigned Boat Channel, commencing at the No.4 Buoy, for its entire length and only exit above the Port Ballast Beacon opposite the marina.

  • No crossing should take place until permission has been obtained from the Queen’s Harbour Master, on VHF Ch 11, to cross the fairway.

  • Remain 50 metres clear of all warships and MoD berths and facilities, and 100 metres clear of all submarines.

  • Maintain a sharp watch for Town Quay ferry movements before approaching the marina.



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 Gunwharf Quays Marina for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Haslar Marina - 0.2 miles WSW
  2. Gosport Marina - 0.2 miles NW
  3. Royal Clarence Marina - 0.4 miles NW
  4. Hardway Sailing Club - 0.9 miles NW
  5. Stokes Bay - 1.3 miles WSW
  6. Southsea Marina - 1.8 miles E
  7. Port Solent Marina - 1.8 miles N
  8. WicorMarine Yacht Haven - 1.9 miles NNW
  9. Langstone Harbour - 2.1 miles ENE
  10. Portsmouth Marine Engineering - 2.5 miles NW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Haslar Marina - 0.2 miles WSW
  2. Gosport Marina - 0.2 miles NW
  3. Royal Clarence Marina - 0.4 miles NW
  4. Hardway Sailing Club - 0.9 miles NW
  5. Stokes Bay - 1.3 miles WSW
  6. Southsea Marina - 1.8 miles E
  7. Port Solent Marina - 1.8 miles N
  8. WicorMarine Yacht Haven - 1.9 miles NNW
  9. Langstone Harbour - 2.1 miles ENE
  10. Portsmouth Marine Engineering - 2.5 miles NW
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How to get in?


Portsmouth is Hampshire’s second largest city and, when its suburbs and the town of Southsea are taken together, it occupies the whole of the area known as Portsea Island making it the United Kingdom's only island city. The city is one of the world’s great naval bases, the dockyard of which fronts a large area on the east side of the harbour. Formerly a naval yard Gunwharf Quays Marina is situated in the heart of Portsmouth’s Historic Naval Dockyards, in what is now an exclusive shopping area beneath the cities’ landmark Spinnaker Tower.


Gunwharf Quays Marina is a spacious marina, with ample manoeuvering room, that largely acts as the city’s berthing location. It can accommodate power and sail craft up to 79 metres with a maximum depth of 5.5 metres. The marina tends to cater for large scale sailing events but it has several general visitor berths available.


Booking ahead is essential with Gunwharf Quays Marina and not just for availability reasons. Portsmouth Harbour’s entry and exits are only permitted through the Boat Channel along the western side of the fairway. Vessels must stay in the channel for its entire length and only exit above the Port Ballast Beacon opposite the marina. It is then mandatory that permission to cross the fairway is obtained from the Queen’s Harbour Master, on VHF Ch 11, to access Gunwharf Quays Marina on the east side. The Queen’s Harbour Master will expect a marina berth to have been confirmed and are likely to deny permission to cross without it.

Contact Gunwharf Quays Marina at least 24 Hours in advance on P: +44 2392 836732, VHF Ch. 80 or email marina@gunwharf-quays.com. Marina opening hours are 10:00am - 8:00pm. However it is always worth trying on VHF 80 for short notice requirements.




Queen’s Harbour Master, Portsmouth, P: +44 23 9272 3124 coordinates the movements of all vessels north of a line between Gilkicker Point and Horse Sand Fort Light. The harbour is a heavily trafficked naval and commercial port. Leisure vessels can expect to encounter commercial ships, ro-ro ferries, cross-river services, cross-Channel ferries, warships, High Speed Ferries and a host of pleasure craft operating within this confined area. Hence it is important to adhere to, and to follow the four key port specific regulations.

  • • Vessels operating with Portsmouth Harbour limits should monitor the Queen's Harbour Master’s traffic and navigational information channel on VHF Ch. 11, or VHF Ch. 13 if instructed.


  • • Keep clear of ships and avoid close quarters situations. Leisure craft should give priority to commercial traffic within the harbour limits. Whenever practicable it is preferable that leisure craft should leave the approach channels for the navigable water outside it well before the arrival of any commercial vessel. Be aware that many of the ships within the harbour area will be restricted in their movements and unable to manoeuvre to keep clear of leisure craft.


  • • Keep clear of Ministry of Defence, MoD, vessels where a special mandatory exclusion zone applies. Craft are not to navigate within 50 metres of any MoD vessel, foreign warship, establishment, or within 100 metres of any submarine alongside or at anchor. Yellow buoys are sometimes deployed to delineate the 50 metre exclusion zone but not necessarily so. Exclusion zones for warships underway extend for 500 metres around the subject vessel or to the limits of navigable water if less. During activation of an exclusion zone, all vessels underway, except those involved in the escort or specifically authorized by the escort commander, are to remain clear of the zone. Vessels in contravention of an exclusion zone, after being warned by at least two methods, such as radio, flashing light, or voice, will be deemed to have the intention of committing a hostile act against the warship being escorted. Queen's Harbour Master provides details of all such ship movement on VHF 11 or 13.


  • • Vessels less than 20 metres in length entering or leaving the harbour must use the Boat Channel that extends on the west side of the main fairway between No. 4 Buoy, about ½ a mile southwestwardly of the entrance, and the Ballast Beacon, about ¼ of a mile within the entrance. Vessels over 20 metres must contact the Queen’s Harbour Master on VHF Ch.11 before entering or leaving the harbour.


Tidal planning will be essential for any vessel planning to enter Portsmouth Harbour. Ebb streams attain rates of 5 knots and above in the third and fourth hours of the cycle within the narrow entrance of the harbour, and which most likely will be heavily trafficked