Located deep within England’s most extensive natural harbour and behind a breakwater the marina offers complete protection. Safe access is available in almost all reasonable conditions, night or day, and at all states of the tide. The outer entrance to Poole Harbour may become very rough or even dangerous on an ebb tide during south-easterly gales.
Keyfacts for Port of Poole Marina
SummaryA completely protected location with safe access.
Position and approaches
Haven position50° 42.481' N, 001° 59.198' W
This is the position of the starboard mark at the entrance to the marina.
What are the key points of the approach?
Not what you need?
- Poole Quay Boat Haven - 0.2 nautical miles NNE
- Poole Town Quay - 0.2 nautical miles N
- Poole Yacht Club - 0.4 nautical miles W
- Brownsea Island - 0.9 nautical miles S
- Cobb's Quay - 0.9 nautical miles NNW
- Parkstone Yacht Club - 1 nautical miles E
- Lake Yard Marina - 1.3 nautical miles W
- Salterns Marina - 1.4 nautical miles E
- Shipstal Point - 1.6 nautical miles WSW
- Goathorn Point - 1.7 nautical miles S
How to get in?
Port of Poole Marina is located on the east side of the Poole Town Quay approach channel immediately east of the Continental Freight Ferry Terminal. It has 60 berths and can accommodate yachts of up to 60 metres in length, with prior arrangement, and supports draughts of from 2.5 – 6 metres. Approaches through Poole Bay and Harbour provide drafts of not less than 6 metres CD up to Port of Poole Marina.
Port of Poole Marina holds about 40% of its berths for short term lets or visitor berthing. It's advisable to make berthing arrangements in advance by contacting the marina on VHF Ch. 80 call sign [Port of Poole Marina] or P: +44 1202 660120, or alternatively its larger sister marina Poole Quay Boat Haven on the quay VHF Ch. 80 call sign [Poole Quay Boat Haven] or P: +44 1202 649488.
Weekly and monthly rates are available at Port of Poole Marina. Peak daily summer berthing fees, as
of 2016, are:
- • £3.80 per metre.
- • £3.20 per metre if harbour dues are already paid - usually applicable to local boats with annual harbour berths.
Entry into Poole Harbour and the run up to Poole are covered in the Poole Town Quay entry. Port of Poole Marina is located at the head of the Little Channel about 250 metres eastward of ‘Stakes’ south cardinal. Berths are allocated on the day of arrival and the marina should be contacted about 30 minutes before arrival so the staff may provide the allocated berthing location.
The marina is situated behind two arms; a large floating breakwater at the south side of the entrance and a jetty extending southward from the New Quay running parallel to the ‘Little Channel’ behind which a submerged wreck acts as a protective breakwater. The marina's entrance opens to the east between a port mark at the head of the breakwater and a starboard mark at the head of the submerged protective wreck.
Berth as directed by the marina office.
Why visit here?Opened in 2011 Port of Poole Marina is Poole Harbour’s newest marina, representing a £1 million investment by Poole Harbour Commissioners. It offers direct access from the ‘Little Channel’ and is often used as an overflow for its very popular sister marina Poole Quay Yacht Haven on town quay.
Being a small leisure enclave in the southeast end of the commercial Port of Poole the inland surroundings here are austere and industrial. But this sequestered nature also lends itself to a quiet, restful and out-of-the-way feeling where one can lean back and enjoy a good night’s sleep. Likewise with southward views out over the thickly wooded Brownsea Island, with the creeks, mudflats and heathlands of the southern and western sides of Poole Harbour beyond, it has wonderful natural outlook.
This is all readily immediately accessible with a serviceable dinghy and outboard by taking Wills Cut to Brownsea. Likewise the western shores Shipstal Point, overlooking Round and Long islands, may be addressed by cutting across Balls Lake. Though more of a day outing, the historic Saxon town of Wareham, that lies five miles west of Poole Harbour, may also be easily addressed by taking a dinghy up the Wareham Channel and the River Frome.
Traveling by foot the historic town of Poole, detailed in the Poole Town Quay entry, is only a twenty minutes’ walk through the port and over Poole Bridge. The marina staff also provide a water taxi directly to Poole Quay Yacht Haven that is adjacent to all the quay’s lively cafés, bars and restaurants.
What facilities are available?All pontoons have power and water. Toilet and showers are located behind the marina office. Water disposal is opposite the office.
There is a fuel pontoon just below the bridge on the south side of the quay. With Poole Harbour catering to an annual fleet of 5,000 leisure craft and having a world class boat builder adjacent, it can be taken that it offers almost any conceivable marine service or facility a vessel could require.
Poole’s town, stretching from the water’s edge at Poole Town Quay up to the Dolphin Shopping Centre, is about 20 minute's walk. A water taxi to the Boat Haven on the east end of the pier is operated by marina staff. Within a few strides The Quay and Old Town provide a range of small, independent shops, including a well-stocked and capable chandlery, a host of pubs, take away outlets, a mini supermarket and good restaurants. Dorset's largest indoor shopping centre, ‘The Dolphin Shopping Centre’ that has 110 stores covering all items is a 15 minute walk along the high street.
Poole railway station is located in the town and is served by London Waterloo to Weymouth express and semi-fast services. From east to west these call at Branksome near the border with Bournemouth, Parkstone, Poole railway station in the town centre and Hamworthy. Most local bus services are run by ‘More Bus’ who are based at the town's bus station. It operates networks across Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Salisbury, in addition to operations on the Isle of Purbeck and the New Forest. Poole is also a calling point for National Express Coaches, which have frequent departures to London Victoria Coach Station. Direct services to the Midlands, the North of England and to Heathrow and Gatwick airports can also be found in the town.
Bournemouth International Airport is on the periphery of Bournemouth only 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Poole Town Quay. Ferry services from Poole Harbour to Cherbourg are provided by Brittany Ferries who operate one round trip per day.
Any security concerns?Access to the marina is via key code secured gates. The marinas has 24 hour security.
With thanks to:John Binder CMM Port of Poole Marina & Port of Poole Marina manager and Kirsty Caño, Marina Assistant. Photography with thanks to Michael Harpur.
Poole Harbour overview provided by Port of Poole Marina
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