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Saxon Wharf Marina

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Situated on the south coast of England, deep within The Solent and Southampton Water, Saxon Wharf Marina is on the west bank of the Itchen River within the City of Southampton. The marina focuses upon providing repair facilities for large scale superyachts but it also provides an equally good range of marine services for smaller craft with the city conveniently at hand.

Situated on the south coast of England, deep within The Solent and Southampton Water, Saxon Wharf Marina is on the west bank of the Itchen River within the City of Southampton. The marina focuses upon providing repair facilities for large scale superyachts but it also provides an equally good range of marine services for smaller craft with the city conveniently at hand.

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.
Please note

The run up to the pontoon is a trek of about twenty five miles from either of The Solent entrances. It is essential to call and make berthing arrangements in advance.




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Last modified
July 17th 2018

Summary

A completely protected location with safe access.

Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWater available via tapWaste disposal bins availableGas 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 areaChandlery available in the areaTrolley or cart available for unloading and loadingHaul-out capabilities via arrangementBoatyard with hard-standing available here; covered or uncoveredMarine engineering services available in the areaRigging services available in the areaElectronics or electronic repair available in the areaSail making or sail repair servicesBus service available in the areaTrain or tram service available in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometresTourist Information office availableShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
Marina or pontoon berthing facilitiesNavigation lights to support a night approachUrban nature,  anything from a small town of more 5,000 inhabitants  to a large city

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require considerationNote: harbour fees may be charged



 +44 23 8033 9490      saxonwharf@mdlmarinas.co.uk     mdlmarinas.co.uk/mdl-saxon-wharf      Ch.80 [Saxon Wharf Marina]
Position and approaches
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Haven position

50° 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 entry and the run-up thorough The Solent, Southampton Water and River Itchen are covered in
The Solent and Isle of Wight Route location coastal description.


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 Saxon Wharf Marina for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Kemps Quay - 0 miles NNE
  2. Shamrock Quay - 0.2 miles SW
  3. Ocean Village Marina - 0.7 miles SSW
  4. Town Quay - 0.9 miles SW
  5. Hythe Marina Village - 1.5 miles SSW
  6. Marchwood Yacht Club - 1.6 miles WSW
  7. Deacons Marina and Boatyard - 2.1 miles ESE
  8. Elephant Boatyard - 2.1 miles ESE
  9. Universal Marina - 2.2 miles SE
  10. Netley - 2.2 miles SSE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Kemps Quay - 0 miles NNE
  2. Shamrock Quay - 0.2 miles SW
  3. Ocean Village Marina - 0.7 miles SSW
  4. Town Quay - 0.9 miles SW
  5. Hythe Marina Village - 1.5 miles SSW
  6. Marchwood Yacht Club - 1.6 miles WSW
  7. Deacons Marina and Boatyard - 2.1 miles ESE
  8. Elephant Boatyard - 2.1 miles ESE
  9. Universal Marina - 2.2 miles SE
  10. Netley - 2.2 miles SSE
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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
Please note

With prior arrangement, large vessels can request a ‘follow me’ boat service upriver to the marina.




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.




Haven location 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 Click to view havenentry, 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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About Saxon Wharf Marina

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 Click to view havenentry, is a walk for the more energetic albeit a taxi ride for many.

Other options in this area


Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Alternatively here are the ten nearest havens available in picture view:
Coastal clockwise:
Shamrock Quay - 0.2 miles SW
Ocean Village Marina - 0.7 miles SSW
Town Quay - 0.9 miles SW
Eling - 2.5 miles W
Marchwood Yacht Club - 1.6 miles WSW
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Kemps Quay - 0 miles NNE
Netley - 2.2 miles SSE
Hamble Point Marina - 2.8 miles SE
Port Hamble Marina - 2.5 miles SE
Mercury Yacht Harbour - 2.2 miles SE

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