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Isle of Wight Cowes Pilot Notes & Charts

Pilot notes are meant as a general guide, or for use in conjunction with a Pilot book or chart.
Cowes Chart - NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATION

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Navigation and Tidal information for Cowes Yacht Haven.
Way Point: 50.46'.4N 1.17'.5W Map ref: 497950 Navigation: Admiralty Chart No. 2793, 1905 Tidal information: Access at all states of the tide. Tide times as Portsmouth 15 mins. Mean Springs: 3.6m Mean Neaps: 1.8m Max. depth within haven: 3m below chart datum Min. depth within haven: 2m below chart datum Total no. of berths: 260 Max boat length: 50m VHF Channel: 80.

Island Harbour Harbour Entry.
Call "Island Harbour" on VHF Channel 80 or 01983 822 999 or via email on info@island-harbour.co.uk Please notify the Lock Control Tower of your arrival when entering the Folly Reach just up river from Cowes. On arrival at the entrance channel please follow instructions: The entrance channel for Island Harbour has been moved. The channel, which previously went out at 45 from the holding pontoon, now runs parallel to the outer waiting pontoon. To enter the marina, stay in the main river channel until you have the starboard-hand mark directly opposite the lock gates, abeam. Then turn in towards the lock and keep on this line until you have entered the lock gates.

Ryde Harbour dries and is only accessible to small craft approximately 2.5 hours before HW and 2 hours after HW.
The approach channel across Ryde bears 202 Magnetic and is marked by Port and Starboard Navigational buoys as shown above.
The Harbour Entrance is lit after Sunset by: (a) 2 Fixed Red Lights (vertical) on the Port Side of the Harbour Entrance.
(b) 1 Flashing Green Light on the Starboard Side of the Harbour Entrance. (c) A floodlight directed shoreward incorporated in the Port Hand Navigation Light Mast illuminating the Harbour. Further information concerning the running of the Harbour can be obtained from the Ryde Harbour Master (01983) 613879.

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Harbour Approach.
The leading lights are both now much brighter having been replaced by green LED lights in April 2007.
The harbour entrance can become very congested especially on summer weekends, great caution is to be taken entering and leaving the harbour, vessels must adhere to the speed limit of 4 knots within the harbour and river and 6 knots elsewhere within harbour limits.
If the "Harbour Full" sign and signal is displayed you should not attempt to enter the harbour.
When the harbour is busy you will need to take great care around manoeuvring vessels.
The Wightlink Yarmouth - Lymington ferry when arriving and leaving the ferry berth is restricted on its ability to manoeuvre and is to be given a wide berth.
Please use channel 68, monitored by the Harbour Office and Berthing Masters on the water.
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