…a historical location…

Sailing to Beaulieu – Bucklers Hard

A bareboat charter should include sailing to Beaulieu. It is one of those magical trips that you will want to repeat again and again. Within the heart of the New Forest, the Beaulieu River and a few miles upstream the 18th-century shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard occupies a superb location surrounded by oak woodland within the Beaulieu Estate.

Buckler’s Hard has been in the private ownership of the Montagu family since it was founded in 1724.

The uniquely situated Yacht Harbour is one of the most picturesque marinas on the south coast of England & offers full marina facilities in a beautiful and sheltered reach of the Beaulieu River.

Everyone has heard of the Motor Museum at Beaulieu but few will have seen just how beautiful the river is leading from the Solent, past Buckler’s Hard and ending up at Palace House.

A nature reserve teeming with birds greets you as you enter the river and meander your way upstream past the moored yachts and idyllic houses set into the wooded banks.

Historically, it is famed as the place where some of the ships of Nelson’s fleet were built and the things to see and enjoy are as varied as the history of the area itself.

The Master Builder’s House hotel and the pub is a favourite meeting place for yachtsmen.

Originally the home of Henry Adams, Master Shipbuilder between 1749-1805 it offers a nice opportunity for a relaxing drink at the river-end of the village

The most convenient berths are at Bucklers Hard Yacht Harbour. You will pay for the convenience of being able to stroll ashore and it does get busy at peak times.


General Access Info:

  • Entrance is possible LW +/- 2hrs
  • The shelter is very good once inside the main sections of the river
  • Double HW occurs at or near Springs with the second HW being 1 hr 45 mins after the first. On other occasions, the stand lasts for about 2 hrs
  • HW Springs are 40 mins and Neaps 10 mins before HW Portsmouth
  • LW Neaps is 10 mins before and Springs 5 mins after LW Portsmouth
  • MHWS: 3.7m; MHWN:0.3m; MLWN: 1.7m; MLWS: 0.5m

Berthing Options:

  • The only real anchorage is in the first reach on the south side of the channel opposite Gull Island. Charges from £5.00
  • There are a few visitors buoys, contact the Harbour Master for permission.
  • Bucklers Hard Marina – 01590 616200
  • Charges from £30.50 for yachts unto 12m & £45.50 for yachts unto 18m
  • Mooring fore and aft on piles in the river
  • Charges from £10 per day
  • Alongside the river pontoon above the marina
  • Charges from £10


  • Bucklers Hard Marina has excellent facilities
  • Lavatories, Showers and Launderette – Open 24 hours for use by berth holders and guests, free of charge plus fully equipped coin-operated launderette. Disabled lavatory facilities are also available.
  • The Master Builders offers a good pub meal in a warm friendly environment: 01590 616253
  • Rubbish Disposal – Skips are sited near to landing points
  • Taxi service – Marchwood Motorways. Tel. 02380 842134
  • Provisioning – Options are limited but Buckler’s Hard Stores is situated at the top of the main street and is open seven days a week in season. Provisions: fresh milk, bread, newspapers, groceries, off-licence, confectionery. Telephone orders are taken for collection, tel. 01590 616293.
  • Fuel – Diesel, unleaded petrol and fresh water available from fuel pontoon manned until sunset. Ice may also be obtained.

Contact Info:

Harbourmaster’s Office: Buckler’s Hard Beaulieu Brockenhurst Hampshire SO42 7XB


Tel. 01590 616200
Fax. 01590 616211

National Motor Museum – 01590 612345
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