into Watchet Harbour Marina
is fronted by a rocky foreshore which dries out for half a mile. The harbour is
tidal and the outer harbour dries completely. Pleasure steamers can be
accommodated on the West Pier and other small pleasure vessels are allocated
entrance to the harbour lies between two breakwaters and is 28 metres wide. The
breakwaters are marked with a lighthouse and beacon.
navigational guidance published in the Macmillan Reeds Nautical Almanac is:
harbour entrance, 1.1M. Rks/mud dry 5ca to seaward. Beware tidal streams 4-5kn
at sp offshore and around W pier hd. Culver Sand (0.9m) is approx 6M NNE, marked
by ECM and WCM lt buoys. 5M E of harbour are Lilstock range target buoys. DZ No
2 SPM buoy, Fl Y 10s, bears 030o/3.2M
Two unlit radio masts (206m) bearing 208o/1.6M
from harbour entrance are conspic approach marks. Hinkley Point nuclear power
station is conspic 7.3M to the E. W pier hd FG 9m 9M on Red (R) tr. E pier hd 2
FR (vert) 3M.
Reproduced from The Macmillan Reeds Nautical Almanac 2001 with the permission of Nautical Data Ltd.
is a VHF marine radio listening watch 7 days per week from 0730hrs to 1730hrs,
on VHF Channel 80.
is advisable to approach Watchet Harbour less than 2 hours prior to high
the marina access period the flow across the harbour entrance is predominently
westbound and attention must be given to this flow when approaching the harbour
movements through the marina lock gate are controlled by AUTOMATIC traffic light signals
which are as follows:
lights facing into the harbour (sea)
side” traffic lights consist of three red lights and three green ones. When
the green lamps are illuminated vessels
may proceed through the gate with caution. When the red lamps are illuminated it
means that vessels shall not proceed.
lights facing into the marina
side” traffic lights are intended to control the traffic leaving the marina
into the outer harbour. They have similar form and function to those traffic
lights facing “sea side”.
chart no. 1165
Harbour entrance - 51o11’.00 N. 03o19.64 W