Falmouth Pilot Notes & Charts
Pilot notes are meant as a general guide, or for use in conjunction with a Pilot book or chart.
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APROACHES FALMOUTH HARBOUR.
The approach is straightforward with Black Rock the main hazard situated in the middle of the entrance to the Estuary well marked by a lit beacon and a lit East Cardinal Buoy. Vessels inbound for Falmouth Harbour should round the Docks Wharves and may use the old observatory tower as a conspicuous skyline mark for the Yacht Haven approach.
The approach to the Visitors Yacht Haven is dredged to 1.5m below Chart Datum and is very well marked using large orange triangular leading marks.
The approach to the marina is very straightforward but you should take extra care at low water spring tides.
Travel upstream, leaving Greenbank Quay to port.You will see the marina as you pass Boyers Cellars - a deepwater commercial jetty. Steer close to the marina's outer pontoons, keeping between them and the E cardinal beacon.This shows the edge of the dredged area.Moor at the visitors' hammerhead pontoon.
Tell the marina you have arrived and get your berthing instructions by using VHF Channel 80 or the telephone on the pontoon. The reception number is 01326 316620. Once you are berthed, go to reception where you will be given the marina security code number for the pontoon walkways and toilet and shower blocks.
Arriving at night
Use a torch to pick up the reflective panel on the port hand Penryn River buoys. Steer due west, keeping the flashing yellow mark between the flashing white one and two fixed red ones.Moor at the visitors'hammerhead pontoon and tell the marina you have arrived. Reception is manned 24-hours a day.
Marina Inner Basin
The marina is divided in two by a cill which is marked at each end by a tide gauge.The ATG dries to 1.8m above Chart Datum. Please ensure that there is adequate depth for your vessel before crossing the tidal gate.Visitors should only enter the inner basin after being given the go-ahead by marina staff.
FOR MYLOR YACHT HARBOUR.
Using an appropriate local chart, follow the deep-water channel through Carrick Roads until the red (R.Fl.5s) and green (Gn.Fl.6s) buoys at the entrance to Mylor Fairway bear between West and North-west. Pass between the buoys and then steer West along the fairway through the swinging moorings until the Marina Entrance bears South.
Visiting yachts are usually accommodated on Pontoon E, the Eastern Breakwater. Prior contact with Mylor Yacht Harbour Moorings Office on Channel M (37) is advised. Mylor water taxi also operates on Channel M, and the yacht harbour office monitors Channels M and M2 (80).
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Helford River Pilot Notes
Falmouth Harbour is one the largest natural deep-water harbours in the world, offering shelter in any weather, with creeks to discover and glorious Cornish countryside to explore. Falmouth Marina is located on the south side of Penryn River – the first creek on the west side of the Fal Estuary. The South Coast marina is divided in two by a cill which dries to 1.8m above chart datum. However, there is 2m depth either side of the sill so there is plenty of water.
With a rich maritime history, and close relationship with the sea, Falmouth has long been a popular destination with mariners. Over the years, the bustling port has evolved and now prides itself as being a place of inspiration to sailors, artists, explorers, musicians and boat builders, to name but a few. Home to a host of local galleries, fabulous eateries, chandleries and boat specialists, artisan and mainstream shops as well as numerous attractions, Falmouth is now most definitely a place worth spending a while and our spectacular location enables visitors to stroll off their craft, straight into the town centre.
On your arrival into Falmouth Haven you will be greeted by a team member who will welcome you to Falmouth and ensure you have all you require – including your Falmouth Havencard.
MYLOR YACHT HARBOUR
Mylor Yacht Harbour is a centre of excellence for the care and restoration of yachts and motor boats, providing a full complement of services afloat and ashore.
We offer a range of services, backed up by comprehensive shore-side facilities for the boat owner, from one of the most beautiful locations on the South Coast.
Our experienced and approachable staff are always willing to help, and pride themselves in making you feel welcome and looked after whilst maintaining our high quality standards.
We have everything you could possibly need to enjoy your time on and off the water.
Port Pendennis Marina
Port Pendennis offers a superior and friendly marina in a sheltered corner of Falmouth Harbour in an area that is renowned as one of the UK’s premier sailing destinations. With direct access to the main shopping street the marina is convenient for restaurants, pubs and shopping. We offer a wide range of facilities and you can choose between the inner or outer harbour.
The Helford River has long been one of Cornwall’s premier destinations for yachtsmen,drawn to its unspoilt beauty, hidden creeks and ancient oak woodlands.
For nearly 40 years, Helford River Moorings has managed many of the moorings on the river. Owned by the Stephens family, the company leases, maintains and services moorings, as well as works to protect the estuary’s unique natural environment, which includes oyster, mussel and eelgrass beds.