Depending on ones draft, access to the marina is ±2.5hrs HW.
For the initial approach you need to position yourself about 6 cables off the marina to the east of Ryde Pier and line up the distinctive Holy Trinity Church spire (to the left of the prominent church spire that dominates the town) on a bearing of 198°. The channel used by the hovercraft is to the right of you as you approach so avoid wandering off to starboard of this track.
About 3 cables off the marina, are 3 pairs of port & starboard hand buoys marking the marina channel. Abeam the end of the harbour wall are a series of port and starboard piles in close proximity, prompting a sharp turn to port, where the deepest water is generally on the green side of the piles. The deepest water in the marina is on the northern end, generally around 2.2m above chart datum.
Entry at night is not advisable, since the buoys are non-metallic and give a poor contact on radar and the lights at the marina entrance are often lost in the overall confusion of lights from the town’s night life.