River Hamble
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Hamble River

The River Hamble is a major centre for all types of recreational boating, home to thousands of sailing yachts and motorboats and the heart of the south coasts sailing scene.


The River provides deep water, easy access to the Solent at all states of the tide and is perfect for weekend excursions into the Solent and Isle of Wight.

Recognised as the home of British Yachting, there are several major marinas on the Hamble River which offer extensive facilities for visiting yachtsmen and these are supplemented by Harbour Authority midstream pontoon berths.


All marinas offer good restaurant facilities, or you can venture into Hamble village to the delights of the village pubs & restaurants.

However the river is very popular and home to many yachts & other small craft. At peak times the waters can get very congested especially at the mouth of the river.

The harbour authority jetty in front of the black and white tower at Warsash offers limited berthing. 11727939774_ace38f1538_c

There is also a pump out facility for yachtsmen wishing to empty their holding tanks.

General Access Info:

Entrance is possible at all states of the tide although the channel dries between narrow banks
Speed limit 6 knts>
Spinnakers are forbidden in the River and it is advised that you use your engine
Anchoring is prohibited
At Spring tides there is a strong tidal flow and care should be exercised when manoeuvring in the marina’s
Double HW occurs at or near Springs. On other occasions the stand lasts for about 2 hrs
HW Springs are 10 mins and HW Neaps 20 mins after HW Southampton
LW Neaps are 10 mins after and LW Springs the same as LW Southampton
MHWS: 4.5m; MHWN:3.8m; MLWN: 1.9m; MLWS: 0.8m

Berthing Options:

Hamble Point Marina Tel 023 8045 2464 / VHF Ch 80
Warsash Public Pontoon
Port Hamble Marina – Tel: 023 8045 2741 / VHF Ch 80
Mercury Marina – Tel: 023 8045 5994 / VHF CH 80
Universal Marina – Tel: 01489 574272 / VHF Ch 80
Swanwick Marina – Tel 01489 884081 / VHF Ch 80

Facilities & Contact Info:

All Marina’s welcome visitors but it is advisable to call up to reserve a berth especially in peak season
All Marina’s have an on site bar and restaurant
All Marina’s have excellent toilet and shower facilities
Port Hamble is within walking distance of Hamble Village

River Hamble Harbour Office
Tel 01489 576387

E: harbour.office@hants.gov.uk
VHF Ch 68 “Hamble Harbour Radio”
Patrol Boats: Mob 07718 146380 / 07718 146381

Pubs & Restaurants within the village include

The Whyte Hart (02380 452108)
The Victory (02380 453105)
The King & Queen (02380 454247)
The Bugle (02380 453000)
Cinnamon Bay (Indian) (02380 452 285)
The Dolce Vita (Italian) (02380 454567)
Driftwood (Thai) (02380 454314)
Boomerangs (02380 454707)
Banana Wharf (02380 456622)
Galley Cafe (02380 457262)