Hamble River

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Sailing to 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.

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

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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:


  • 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

Pubs & Restaurants within the village include

Contact Info:

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




Hamble River

Hamble River

Hamble River

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