Set two miles up-river of the largely protected Southampton Water the marina offers complete protection from all conditions. Safe access in all reasonable conditions, at almost all stages of the tide, night of day, is provided by The Solent and Southampton Water, one of the most well-marked and protected expanses of water in the world.
Keyfacts for Saxon Wharf Marina
SummaryA completely protected location with safe access.
Position and approaches
Haven position50° 54.763' N, 001° 22.623' W
This is the head of the Jetty situated between Basin A and Basin B.
What are the key points of the approach?
The Solent and Isle of Wight coastal description.
Not what you need?
- Kemps Quay - 0 nautical miles NNE
- Shamrock Quay - 0.3 nautical miles SW
- Ocean Village Marina - 1.1 nautical miles SSW
- Town Quay - 1.5 nautical miles SW
- Hythe Marina Village - 2.4 nautical miles SSW
- Marchwood Yacht Club - 2.5 nautical miles WSW
- Deacons Marina and Boatyard - 3.3 nautical miles ESE
- Elephant Boatyard - 3.3 nautical miles ESE
- Universal Marina - 3.5 nautical miles SE
- Netley - 3.5 nautical miles SSE
How to get in?
Located on the west bank of the River Itchen, about ½ a mile above its sister MDL marina of Shamrock Quay, Saxon Wharf Marina is a marine service centre offering facilities specifically focused on superyachts and other large craft. Equipped with a 200-ton boat hoist it is the ideal location for large-scale craft to attend to any repair and maintenance work, especially if it requires a lift out.
Saxon Wharf Marina can accommodate yachts of up to 80 metres in length, up to 2.5 metres draught, and has heavy-duty pontoons specifically set-up to cater for larger vessels. The River Test should provide a draft of 2.5 metres chart datum up to Saxon Wharf but this may need to be examined closely on low Spring Tides. In addition to its floating berths, the marina also offers a dry stack system capable of handling boats up to 13 metres.
Though its primary focus is on large scale yachts the marina welcomes visiting yachts. It is, however, essential to call and make arrangements in advance by contacting the marina on VHF Ch. 80 call sign [Saxon Wharf] or P: +44 23 8033 9490
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.
Berth as directed by the marina office.
Why visit here?Saxon Wharf Marina is owned and operated by Marina Development Limited (MDL) based in Hamble Hampshire. The company owns and manages eighteen coastal marinas and boatyards in England including Shamrock Quay on the River Itchen and Hythe Marina Village near the head of Southampton Water. It has other facilities in France, Italy and Spain and the company provides its berth holders with freedom to roam between their extensive ranges of facilities when space is available.
Saxon Wharf Marina is one MDL’s smallest marina with its focus being on shore based activities for superyachts and other large craft. Its 200 ton boat hoist and large scale forklift, capable of providing on-demand launching and lifting for boats up to 13 metres, are said to be the largest in the UK. The entire yard area is a vast commercial trade centre catering to each and every need of these large yachts of up to 80 feet.
Despite this focus Saxon Wharf is highly receptive to visiting yachts. It is an ideal location for those who want to find a quiet out of the way berth that is completely tucked away from all possible weather conditions. Yet it is within a couple of hours sail from The Solent, Beaulieu River and Cowes on the Isle of Wight. It has the benefit of the extensive range of services immediately ashore, or at Shamrock Quay which is a short stroll away. Being located on the right side of the River Itchen downtown Southampton, covered in the Town Quay entry, is a walk for the more energetic albeit a taxi ride for many.
What facilities are available?All the pontoons provide power and water. Domestic requirements such as showers, toilets up to and including WiFi can be found throughout the marina area. Facilities for garbage disposal, and waste oil can be disposed of ashore close to the marina office. Launderette facilities and a sizable chandlery that caters for gas exchange along with a pub, and a choice of food outlets are all available across the road in the sister marina of Shamrock Quay.
Between Saxon Wharf and Shamrock Quay every repair facility a vessel could require; marine engineers, riggers, sailmakers, electronic and electrical experts are all immediately ashore. If you cannot find what you need directly ashore the very helpful marina staff will be only too delighted to assist you. A 200 tons travel hoist along with a fork lift capable of handling boats up to 13 metres, both reputedly the largest of their kinds in the UK, can cater for almost any vessel. Ample hard standing can be obtained ashore for a quick lift-out or a full-scale refit project. The single exception to both the marina's list of services is the ability to provide a diesel fuel fill alongside. Diesel fuel, not petrol, can however be obtained at Itchen Marine at American Wharf, close south, or within Hythe Marina Village in Southampton Water.
Saxon Wharf Marina is a taxi ride to downtown Southampton which being a major city and commercial port, has excellent transport connections. Regular car ferries, or fast catamarans, ply their way to Cowes, Isle of Wight, and these are a short taxi ride away. Mainline trains are available to London Waterloo, 70 minutes, Poole, Weymouth, Portsmouth and Brighton. These are complemented by a wide variety of local and regional bus services. Southampton International Airport with internal and continental flights is a 20 minute taxi ride in free flowing traffic. The M27 motorway connecting to the M3 and A3 is a 20 minutes’ drive.
Any security concerns?The marina is highly attentive to the security of vessels either alongside pontoons or up on the hard. Gates are coded and a 24 hour security system is maintained with CCTV.
With thanks to:Michael Harpur S/Y Whistler. Photography Michael Harpur.
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