Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight
At the western most end of the Isle of Wight, Yarmouth is a picturesque fishing, ferry and yachting port widely regarded as one of the jewels of the South Coast.
The deepwater harbour retains its old world aura while visiting yachtsmen will find a range of amenities which are very much up to date and accepted as being among the best in the South.
Yarmouth has grown up as a result of its natural harbour, which is guarded by Yarmouth Castle, a fortification built to protect the Solent from invading forces by Henry VIII in 1547.
Yarmouth Harbour has been updated over recent years and now hosts walk ashore pontoon and great facilities. As such it can get very popular at peal times and will attract many yachts and motor cruisers.
A few of the berths are available to book on line http://www.yarmouth-harbour.co.uk the rest and majority of berths are available on a first come first served basis. There are also a number of buoys located outside the harbour which are served by a water taxi should not wish to row ashore.
This is a bustling town that has an active community all year round. It is the boats and yachts, however, which attract much of the business and custom.
The square has a varied range of shops and delightful eating establishments. Yarmouth Town is well stocked for provisioning and chandlery, and visitors will find no shortage of hostelries, cafes and restaurants around the town.
With the advantage of accessibility at all states of the tide, Yarmouth has much to offer the yachtsman and makes an ideal transit point for passage-making across the Channel.
General Access Info:
From the west, Black Rock and the shoal water north of the outer east-west pier are the only dangers
The biggest hazard is the White Link ferry which runs to and from Lymington every 30 mins
The tide runs strongly across the entrance
The harbour master will meet you and direct you to an available berth – VHF Ch 68 – 01983 760321
There are buoys available outside the harbour
There are a choice of walk ashore pontoon berths, fore and aft pile moorings and alongside pontoon berths with shore access by dinghy
On busy weekends in the summer it is not uncommon for the harbour to be full. Some of the walk ashore pontoons can be pre booked in advance
All moorings are served by water taxi’s – VHF Ch 15
Walk ashore pontoons have water and electricity
Fuel / Gas / Ice are available
Excellent shower and toilet facilities
Excellent provisioning facilities within the town along with a good number of bars and restaurants