Isle of Man Pilot Notes & Charts

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Position: Lat 54 08.9N Lon 04 28.0W

Position: Lat 54 19.54N Lon 04 22.49W

Position: Lat 54 19.54N Lon 04 22.49W

Position: Lat 54 13.6 N Lon 04 41.7 W

Port St. Mary
Position: Lat 54 04.4 N Lon 04 43.7 W

Position: Lat 54 03.5 N Lon 04 38.6 W

Port Erin
Position: Lat 54 05.3 N Lon 04 46.3 W

Lat 54 03.5 N Lon 04 38.6 W
Castletown is a heritage harbour consisting of outer and inner drying harbours. It is mainly used by inshore fishing vessels, local and visiting pleasure craft and occasional coasters.
Commercial limits cargo work is only accommodated in the inner harbour through a narrow swing bridge. The berth at the Umber Quay can accommodate vessels up to the maximum of 55M, beam 8.2M, and 3.5M draft MHWS 2.6 metres MHWN and those prepared to take the hard ground.
There is a lay-by berth on the Irish Quay with Maximum length 55M however there is no breadth restriction here. 3.8M on MHWS and 2.7M on MHWN.

Slipway: There are three, half tide slipways.
On approach it is important to pass the red Can buoy (Fl.R 3s) which marks the Lheeah rio rocks, to port. The Breakwater Head lighthouse (white tower Red band Oc.R 15s) transit with the Irish Quay lighthouse (white tower red band Oc.R 4s) lead at approx. 323 degrees. It is advisable to pass to the North East of this transit to pass clear of a training wall from the Breakwater Head.

Lat 54 08.9N Lon 04 28.0W
Berths available: The inner harbour marina (accessible at approximately high water +/- 2 hours) is the main area for visiting leisure craft to berth but there are also berths in the outer harbour which are less dependent on the tides. A summer only pontoon is available for short periods at all states of tide at the Battery Pier (by No. 14 Berth)
A slipway for the launching of small craft at all tidal states is situated next to the Fort Anne Jetty.
Entry to the Harbour is gained from the N.E. (heading 229) by leading marks (white opposing triangles) which are illuminated at night by flashing (occ 10s) white lights, now supplemented by red flashing opposing arrows. This approach will avoid possible overfalls at the end of the Breakwater The fairway is marked by two Starboard hand buoys (Q(3)G.5s) & (Fl.G3s) with, to Port, a concrete ‘dolphin’ ( vert) which marks the end of the Breakwater. At the entrance, tides of up to 2 knots to the North East and South can be expected during flood and ebb tides respectively.

Lat 54 19.54N Lon 04 22.49W
Berthing is limited because of the size of the harbour, but leisure craft can use the channel berths in favourable conditions. No deep water berths are available as the whole harbour dries at each low water. Seasonal mooring buoys are placed in Garwick Bay (1 mile south) over the summer period for visiting vessels.

Lat 54 13.6 N Lon 04 41.7 W .
Berths available
Peel offers deepwater berths at the Breakwater, which can become heavily congested by fishing vessels and visiting craft throughout the summer months. The inner harbour is tidal, although the water retention scheme allows vessels to remain afloat. The East Quay Tongue berths remain fully tidal and dry out at low water.
Water Retention Scheme
Construction of the Peel Water Retention Scheme was completed in July 2005 and consists of a Jetty from the East Quay towards the West Quay, incorporating an automatically operated flap gate, retaining a water depth of 2.5m at the cill during periods of low water. A pedestrian swingbridge above the flap gate links the East and West Quays.

Port Erin
Lat 54 05.3 N Lon 04 46.3 W
Port Erin is a quiet seaside resort which can accommodate small craft and small inshore fishing vessels. Regular cruising trips depart from here to the Calf of Man from Easter to late September. Port Erin is also known for its diving facilities. Commercial activities centre on occasional cruise liners which anchor within the bay as weather conditions suit and land passengers by tender.
Berths available
Mooring: Two yellow can type buoys are available for visitors in the bay, offer good protection except in strong west winds, all year round up to 5M
Raglan Pier: can accommodate craft up to 3M draft Jetty: can accommodate small craft up to 1.4M draft
On approach it is important to pass the Green conical buoy marking the ruined breakwater to starboard which is uncovered at ½ ebb. At Night the leading lights 099 degrees (Front White tower with red band F.R.10m5M, Rear white column red band F.R.19m 5M) mark a course well to the north of the danger.

Port St. Mary
Lat 54 04.4 N Lon 04 43.7 W
Port St Mary is a classic small harbour in a beautiful setting. It is popular with diving clubs with organised trips to dive sites. Fishing excursions also leave from Port St Mary during the tourist season. The harbour is used by fishing vessels, pleasure craft, occasional commercial coasters and passenger vessels. Port St Mary consists of an inner drying harbour and an outer always afloat berthing harbour.
Berths available: Berths are varied with both tidal and deep water facilities.
Moorings: Four white topped Visitors buoys (seasonal) NW of the Alfred Pier Head. Good protection except in strong S and SE winds. Depth of at least 4M. The use of a chain preventor is strongly advised.
Anchorage: Chapel Bay with depths between 3M and 6M.
Alfred Pier: Craft up to 11M and less than 2.5M draft moor in the inner end at ladders 1 to 4. There may be a need for craft to tie up alongside other craft and the use of fendering and shore lines is essential. Craft in excess of these dimensions, or craft not suitable to raft alongside other craft should moor at the visitor mooring buoys or anchor.
The Quay: The inner harbour with ladders 8 to 12 are those normally used by visiting craft.
Slipway: There are two full tide and one half tide slipways
Approach from the SW it is advised to give Callow Point and Alfred Pier at least two cable clearance until the quay lighthouse is open to the North of the Alfred Pier. The Approach from the SE the transit of the two lighthouses (295 degrees) will take the vessel clear of the Carrick Rock (Q.2 5s)

Lat 54 19.54N Lon 04 22.49W
This is a well sheltered port but access can be difficult in strong easterly winds as the entrance is via a narrow channel between two breakwaters. The harbour is busy with commercial vessels dealing with regular lo-lo services from the United Kingdom and Ireland and is the only Manx port with facilities to handle imports of bulk cement. The harbour, directly alongside the town centre, also has its own small shipyard, used mainly by local and visiting fishing vessels. The disused Queen’s Pier in Ramsey Bay was built in 1886 to provide a low water landing for passenger ferries and was last used in 1970. Debates continue on the various proposals currently being considered for its future.
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