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£1.13/m (4 hrs)

£3.58 per mtr

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About the Marina

The Gunwharf used to be the Royal Navy’s base for mine counter measures, and after the collapse of the iron curtain its role became redundant along with many other naval establishments in Portsmouth. To rebuild the city and regenerate new employment opportunities, Gunwharf Quays was built. Its now a world class waterfront destination with 85 designer outlet stores, 20 cosmopolitan restaurants and bars, a casino, a 14 screen cinema, a hotel and residential accommodation.

The marina is situated just yards from the entrance of Portsmouth Harbour and has 550 metres of top quality pontoon berthing for yachts up to 80m LOA. The marina functions primarily as a berthing marina only, with no support services for yachts at all. However, being a popular location for rallies and other events, it does have a dedicated ablutions block (coded access) with disabled facilities and a laundry at the base of the Spinnaker Tower. The use of these facilities along with shore power, is included in the berthing charge, so no coins are needed for the laundry. Because of the marinas world class status, sometimes the marina is closed to visitors if its hosting a large media event - see for closure dates.

Fuel has to be obtained on the Gosport side - at Gosport Marina, and the nearest chandlery will also be on the Gosport side, and again probably best reached via the Gosport Marina.

Marina Approaches

Portsmouth Harbour is a very busy commercial harbour as well as being a large and important naval base, therefore there are some fairly strict protocols and procedures. The marina is literally under the Spinnaker Tower and the following approaches must be strictly adhered to. Firstly, to access the entrance of the harbour, all vessels under 20m LOA must be under power and must use the 'Small Boat Channel' which is 50m wide and runs from the west No.4 Bar Buoy (QR), to the west Ballast Bank Buoy (Fl.R.2.5s), and keeps all leisure traffic to the west of the main shipping channel. This means staying as close as possible to the red port hand channel buoys, being wary of the Hamilton bank, and at the channels narrowest point you’ll pass just yards from the old HMS Dolphin Wardroom at Fort Blockhouse. At night, the red sector of the Dir WRG light on Fort Blockhouse covers the Small Boar Channel until close to the entrance narrows, after which the red sector of the Dir WRG located on the south end of the Admiralty Oil Fuel Jetty, just east of Gosport Marina, takes you through the final part of the entrance. At the peak of the ebb tide, little head way can be made at the narrows, so best avoid arriving at these times.
Once inside the harbour, keep to the port hand side and don’t surcome to the temptation of slipping across to Gunwharf Quays. For permission to cross over the main channel to Gunwharf Quays, call the Queen’s Harbour Master on VHF Ch 11, and cross over north of Ballast Bank at 90° to the main channel and remain 50m of any warship.
At the marina entrance call 02392 836732/36 for berthing enquiries and instructions. Try and avoid loitering outside the Gunwharf area, as your presence may interfere with the Isle of Wight ferry movements.

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