Dartmouth-Kingswear Pilot Notes & Charts
Pilot notes are meant as a general guide, or for use in conjunction with a Pilot book or chart.
Dartmouth-Kingswear Chart - NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATION
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Keep Kingswear lighthouse, a sectored light (small white structure) ISO.WRG.3s 9m 8M, in line with the right hand edge of the large cream coloured house above the lighthouse. This will keep you in the middle of the channel. At night keep in the white sector of the light. Leave the Checkstone Buoy (Port Lateral), Fl (2) R.5s, to port. Follow the course of the river keeping to starboard of the river centre. South of the Lower Ferry there is a mixture of private and Dart Harbour moorings on the western side of the river. Royal Dart Yacht Club (RDYC) moorings are on the eastern side of the river. The RDYC has shower and toilet facilities, a bar and restaurant. At night, keep in the white sector of Bayard’s light (FI.WRG.2s). - See more at: http://www.dartharbour.org/visitors/article/entry-to-the-harbour-from-sea#sthash.3ayC4DKU.dpuf
South Harbour Area
Royal Dart Yacht Club
On the eastern bank just south of the Lower Ferry is the RDYC. Visitors should berth on the pontoon outside the club to enquire about berthing.
The Lower Ferries run from just upstream of the RDYC, from Kingswear to Dartmouth. These are tug and float ferries that manoeuvre in a narrow channel. Vessels approaching this area are to navigate with particular care in the vicinity of ferries in accordance with IRPCS.
Yacht Club Pontoon (summer only)
Just upstream of the Lower Ferry slip on the western shore is a visitors’ pontoon (summer only) for yachts of less than 9m LOA and dinghies. This is outside the Dartmouth Yacht Club (DYC) which has shower/toilet facilities and a bar/ restaurant. This is a short stay pontoon (max 2 hrs).
Darthaven Marina is situated upstream of the Lower Ferry on the Kingswear side. Contact Darthaven Marina on VHF Ch. 80 for visitors’ berthing information.
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Totnes and Baltic Wharf
There are berths on both sides of the river here. Baltic Wharf boatyard to port is private, but enquire at the office for visitor berth availability. The berths to starboard are controlled by Dart Harbour on behalf of South Hams District Council. Directions are posted giving details of payment and use of these facilities.
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The picturesque villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo lie on each side of the secluded Yealm River. A couple of pubs (the Swan and the Ship are in Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers is home to the Dolphin.) There is also the welcoming Yealm Yacht Club, a few Shops and the Post Office are located in Newton Ferrers. The Harbour Office and showers are located at the bottom of the Yealm Steps at the inner end of the main dinghy pontoon. At the outer end of this pontoon is a water supply.
There are three visitors swinging moorings. The first is located between Misery Point and Warren Point and will take a 60' / 25 ton displacement boat. There are 2 more swinging moorings on the south side of the channel opposite the Spit Bouy which can take up to three yachts each. There is a Visitor's pontoon in the Pool which can take around twenty yachts and a further Visitor's pontoon upstream off West Shore which provides about twenty berths. A two knot tide can run at various states of tide so some care should be taken when mooring.
Anchorages can be found in the entrance to the river and at Cellar Bay. The River Yealm can become busy at weekends in the high season. On these occasions when the visitor's moorings are full it is possible to pick up an empty private mooring but his is at your own risk and you must seek approval from the Harbour Master before you leave your boat. The Harbour Master and his staff are on the river from early in the morning to late in the evening fro April to October. The Harbour Master can be contacted by telephone on 01752 872533