Harbour Control Officer should be contacted on VHF Channel 14 (or 16) in the event of an emergency, using the call sign "POOLE HARBOUR CONTROL" Tel no. 01202 440230
POOLE BRIDGE VHF Channel 12
THE CHAIN FERRY:
The Chain Ferry has right of way in almost every circumstance. Make sure to pass it at the rear leaving plenty of room. The chains are nearer to the surface at the front and rear of ferry.
THE HARBOUR ENTRANCE
The entrance is the most hazardous area of the harbour and special care is required when passing through as it is only 300 Metres wide with very strong tidal streams, especially at spring ebb tides.
The chain ferry operates across its narrowest point.
If you have one, use your engine when entering.
All the Navigation Marks in Poole Harbour conform to IALA Region A System of buoyage and are positioned as shown in the latest editions of Admiralty Chart 2611 and Imray Laurie Y23
The Buoys are numbered consecutively from the seaward end of the Swash Channel, Pooled Bar Buoy being number 1.
Buoys marking the port hand side of the channel have even numbers and the starboard side have odd numbers.
Take Particular care of the tide strengthand direction, it is at its strongest in the harbour entrance and can often have greater effect than the wind with vessels that are only under sail.
With over 100miles of coastline, Poole is the second largest natural harbours in the world. This busy working port dates back to the 15th century when it was Dorset’s Port of the Staple and is today the county’s largest town. The main quay is where most of the action is and it’s sheer size means there’s plenty of it, including yachting, power boating, fishing and pleasure cruising. Around the quayside along with the numerous gift shops, cafes, restaurants and bars there are several attractions including an aquarium, museum, model railway and potteries offering a chance for hands on experience.
Over recent years the quayside’s has developed into an upmarket residential area and the town centre has benefited greatly from the knock on effect. Now the quaint cobbled streets have famous name chain stores sitting alongside the more traditional coastal town shops. There are two excellent museums in the town centre one in the 18th century Guildhall and the other in the medieval merchant house. And like the quayside there is plenty of choice when it comes to wining dining and enjoying a few tipples.
For great days out families are spoilt for choice. There are a variety of ferry trips available that range from Brownsea Island (home to the red squirrel) in the Poole Harbour itself to the Isle of Wight or even mainland France. The Italian and Japanese Gardens at Compton Acres boast a deer sanctuary and the best views available of the harbour. Best of all though, has to be mile upon mile of International Blue flag beaches, with golden sand, spectacular cliff, superb swimming and excellent water-sports. Poole has just about everything you could wish for from a holiday by the sea and an awful lot that you would never expect to find.