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Kingsbridge, Devon (South Coast), England
Kingsbridge is a market town situated at the northern end of the Kingsbridge Estuary, a ria that extends five miles to the sea to exit below Salcombe on England's south coast. It provides a tidal harbour that is available to medium-sized vessels that can take to the mud.Six miles from the sea and dried out for extended periods at the head of a ria the town offers complete protection from all conditions. With a supporting rise of the tide the ria is marked all the way to the town making access very straightforward. The entrance to the estuary is, however, obstructed by a shallow sandbar which ... More »

Starehole Bay, Devon (South Coast), England
Starehole Bay lies off the approaches to Salcombe on England's south coast about five miles west of Start Point. It offers an anchorage in a remote and secluded setting. This a tolerable anchorage and very pleasant in any moderate winds with a westerly component. Access is straightforward as a central path presents no danger. A measure of caution is required when anchoring to avoid a historic wreck that lies in its northwest corner.... More »

Salcombe, Devon (South Coast), England
Salcombe lies on England's south coast about five miles west of Start Point. Set into a pretty ria it is a major centre for leisure craft providing visitors with a range of river moorings and the option of anchoring.The deep ria valley provides good protected but developed southerlies can send an uncomfortable swell up the harbour. The further up the estuary a vessel progress the better the protection can be had in these conditions. Although the entrance is fringed by several dangers they are well marked by lighted buoys and leading lights that make approaches straightforward at all stages of ... More »

Rabbit Island, County Mayo, Ireland
Rabbit Island is located in the northeastern end of Clew Bay, a natural deep ocean bay on the west coast of Ireland that is remarkable for the number of small islets that occupy its eastern portion. The island is immediately off of the approach channel to the small town of Newport. It offers a deepwater pool in which a boat can lie afloat a few miles away from the town in a secluded setting. Though nested in the archipelago of islands the anchorage provides only tolerable protection as it is open to the west and has little in the way of air cover from other directions. Attentive daylight navi... More »

Hallsands, Devon (South Coast), England
Hallsands lies on England's south coast a mile to the northwest of Start Point. It offers an anchorage off the ruins of an old fishing village that is one of the traditional tide wait locations for westbound vessels heading down the channel. This a tolerable anchorage in any moderate winds with a westerly component. However, if the westerly winds build it quickly becomes uncomfortable. In these conditions, a swell wraps its way around Start Point that clashes with a tidal eddy to create an unpleasant chop. Access is straightforward as once clear of the Start and Skerries Bank there are no offl... More »

Dittisham & The River Dart, Devon (South Coast), England
The River Dart exits on England's south coast between Start Point and Berry Head with Dartmouth Harbour close within its mouth. It is navigable to Dittisham, situated three miles upriver, at any state of the tide and six miles further inland to the drying Totnes after half-flood. The river offers a wide range of berthing options that include moorings, and anchoring or drying out alongside a range of quays.The deep river valley, with an entrance that forms an almost land-locked estuary, offers complete protection that is the best the bay has to offer. Although the entrance is fringed by several... More »

Dartmouth Harbour, Devon (South Coast), England
Dartmouth Harbour lies on England's south coast between Start Point and Berry Head. The extensive natural harbour is a major centre for leisure craft, with three marinas along with a range of municipal harbour berthing opportunities.A deep river valley naturally protected by an offset entrance Dartmouth Harbour and the River Dart is a sheltered haven with most of its berthing opportunities providing complete protection. Although the entrance is fringed by several dangers they are all well marked by lighted buoys and leading lights that make approaches straightforward at all stages of the tide,... More »

Watcombe Cove, Devon (South Coast), England
Watcombe Cove is a small east facing bay situated on England's south coast midway between Teignmouth and the northern entry point of Tor Bay. The small open bay offers an anchorage to one boat and an enclosed beach upon which to land.Tucked in below high cliffs the bay offers tolerable shelter from westerly conditions but this should really only be considered a day anchorage for a beach landing. Daylight approaches are straightforward at all stages of the tide as there are no outlying dangers.... More »

Paignton, Devon (South Coast), England
Situated on the west side of Tor Bay, on England's south coast, Paignton is an extensive seaside town fronted by a small drying harbour. The harbour has a municipal pontoon, intended for small craft that can take to the bottom and it is also possible to anchor off outside.The shape of the bay provides good protection from most sectors and, although the harbour entrance faces north, it is still exposed to swell waves from the eastern sectors. Access is straightforward, day or night at high water.... More »

Brixham, Devon (South Coast), England
Situated in the south of Tor Bay, on England's south coast, Brixham is a large seaside town and fishing port fronted by an extensive harbour. The town caters for visitors on its municipal harbour pontoon, in its extensive marina, and at its welcoming yacht club. It is also possible to anchor off outside the harbour albeit which is more exposed.The shape of the bay protects the harbour from most sectors, and the large breakwater from easterly conditions so that it offers complete protection from all conditions. It is however slightly exposed to refracted swell waves and wind waves from the nort... More »