Like everything along the Bristol Channel, timing is all important due to the strong tides. The foreshore is continuous rock that dries for at least 1/2 mile offshore, so entry into the harbour and the marina is about ±2hrs HW. Visitors are requested to call VHF Ch80 (7 days a week, office hours) at approx 1Nm off the entrance to request a berth. The passage into the harbour is pretty straight forward however what confuses many visiting yachtsmen is the lighthouse on the end of the West Pier. Though displaying a green light (Occ.G.3s), the lighthouse is actually painted red in order to make it stand out against the background of green fields and trees. The marina entrance is automatically controlled by a gate which drops down when the tide level reaches that of the marina and there are traffic lights through the narrow 8m entrance. The lights consist of 3 red and 3 green lights:
red red red: do not proceed
green green green: proceed with caution
On entry into the marina, if your halted by the lights, or if you're waiting for the marina gate to open, you're requested to circle inside the outer harbour to avoid collisions.