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Ch 12

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HW ±2

Berthing Rates

short stay:
not offered

£2.22 per metre

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YHA Rating

not rated


240V, 16/30A

well stocked


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About the Marina

It could be said that Douglas is a transport buff's idea of heaven - steam trains pull out of the station on their way to Port Erin; the antique Electric Railway rattles up the hill to Laxey; open top horse drawn trams prod along the promenade; and then of course there's the famous TT and Manx Grand Prix motor bike races. Douglas Harbour is very well sheltered from the rigours of the Irish Sea and the first marina of sorts opened here in 2001. The limited scope of berths was improved in 2006 with the installation of a long fully serviced pontoon running down the middle of the Inner Harbour which provides 70 berths. The Inner Harbour is separated from the Outer Harbour by a sill water retention system and a lifting bridge and the marina is the main area for visiting leisure craft to berth but there are also berths in the Outer Harbour which are less dependent on the tides. A summer only pontoon is available for short periods at all states of tide at the Battery Pier (by No. 14 Berth) just inside the Princess Alexandra Pier. Its worth noting that the berthing rates on the Inner Harbour pontoon is inclusive of water and shore power, where as berths against the harbour wall are not and where the berthing rates are approximately half that of the pontoons.

Douglas in the only Manx port with dedicated passenger and car ferry services with makes it popular for yacht crews and visitors. The main thrust of the town is on the north side of the Inner Harbour where there are Banks, Post Offices, Chemists, Shops and Restaurants. Douglas is also a popular seaside resort which boasts a long sweeping promenade overlooking the bay with Victorian hotels and theatres which line the water front.

Marina Approaches

Entry to the Harbour is gained from the N.E. commencing at the No.1 SHB. At this point visitors should contact the Douglas Harbour Control on VHF Ch12 for traffic reports. The initial heading for the harbour approaches is 229°, emphasised by leading marks (white opposing triangles) which are illuminated at night by flashing (occ 10s) blue lights, now supplemented by red flashing opposing arrows. This approach will avoid possible overfalls at the end of the Breakwater. The fairway is marked by two starboard hand buoys (Q(3)G.5s) & (Fl.G3s) and a concrete ‘dolphin’ ( vert) to port which marks the end of the Breakwater. At the entrance, tides of up to 2 knots to the North East and South can be expected during flood and ebb tides respectively.

Entrance to the marina is restricted by a sill (±2 hrs HW) and its also restricted by the lifting times of the road bridge which are usually every hour when access is possible over the sill. Yachts can wait on the pontoon at Battery Pier, or may be allowed to tie up alongside King Edward Pier.

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