Port Solent Pilot Notes & Charts
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PORT SOLENT MARINA
APPROACH BY SEA
The entrance to Portchester
Lake, which is about a mile
north of the harbour entrance,
is marked to the west by pile
No.57 and to the east by pile
No.95. The whole channel is
marked by red piles to the west,
numbered 57 to 74 (leave to port)
and by green piles to the east
running from 95 to 75. Twenty of
the piles are lit by navigational
PASSAGE NORTH THROUGH
At night make for pile No.57 -
approximately 1 mile north of
the harbour entrance this marks
the entrance to Portchester
Channel. You should also look
for pile No.95 until the channel
opens. Both these piles are
visible at 3.2 miles. Immediately
to the north of pile No.94 are
two unlit spherical yellow buoys
marking foul ground and these
should be left to starboard.
Although the channel in the
south is wide, the best water
is defined by large buoys, which
are not lit, and should be left to
port. At night this reach of the
channel is clearly defined by lit
starboard hand piles No’s 93,
92, 90, 88 and 86.
As you clear the buoys, in the
vicinity of pile No.63 to port,
and pile No.88 to starboard, the
channel narrows and starts a long
left-hand bend. North of 86 the
best water now lies close to the
three port piles No.66, No.67 and
No.68. On the right-hand side
opposite these piles is Tipner Lake.
This entrance is marked by two
piles red No.82 and green No.85
The former on the starboard side
of the main channel can cause
confusion. As you proceed around
the bend the gates at lit piles
No.68 to port and No.80 to
starboard mark the sharp turn left
into the final section of channel
with Portchester Castle to port.
AT PILE NO.78 CALL
PORT SOLENT ON VHF CH.
80 AND REQUEST A LOCK IN
In season, the upper section is
well marked by moored yachts.
Out of season, beware of many
unlit moorings on both sides of
the channel. From pile No.80 turn
slowly almost due north to pile
No.79 avoiding the shallow water
immediately north of pile No.80.
At low tide keep to the port side
of the channel to pile No.72A,
thereafter cross to the starboard
side of the channel to pile No.76.
pile No.75 opens the channel
between rows of piled yacht
Proceed between the moorings
steering on pile A and pile B.
Once abeam of pile B, steer to
follow a line leaving the outer
pontoons to starboard. At pile B
the lock entrance will be clearly
visible. Do not proceed into the
lock barrel unless three green
entry lights show. If it is necessary
to wait for the lock, moor to the
outer waiting pontoon, clear of
the lock entrance. Please note
that during the ‘off-season’ the
outer waiting pontoon may
not be in position.
LOCK ENTRANCE WAYPOINT
Latitude 50º 50’ 37” N
Longitude 01º 06’ 06” W
WICOR MARINE YACHT HAVEN
Directions by water from Portsmouth Harbour Entrance.
From the harbour entrance, keep on the port side of the channel towards Fareham.
Our downstream swinging moorings are on either side of the main channel between green fairway piles 47 & 48 and red fairway piles 25 & 26.
Peewit Island is on your starboard side as you pass through the swinging moorings.
Proceed along the channel a bit further and just beyond red fairway pile 27, you will see Bedenham Pier and its 3 cranes on your port side; you have arrived at WicorMarine Yacht Haven.
Our pontoons are identified by letters on top of the piles and the berth numbers are marked on top of the pontoons.