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.