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Old 02 August 2004, 07:58   #1
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Gunwharf Quay

I'm sure I read on here recently that you need to book a berth if you are visiting Gunwharf Quay?
Does anyone have a contact phone or Email number for the place?
We have a 4metre Searider and will be travelling round from Chichester pm this Saturday, stopping for 2 hours max?

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Old 02 August 2004, 08:42   #2
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never booked ,always just turned up
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Old 02 August 2004, 08:47   #3
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Yes, you are supposed to book, but I would think that if you just turned up they would be able to find space for you. However, if they have an event on that takes up all of the room they will not let anyone in. Last wednesday, for example, they had 52 30' yachts turn up at the end of one of the "Le Figaro" race legs and the marina was effectively closed until they left on Friday lunchtime.

Probably best to phone and see what's on - and then turn up anyway!

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I'm sure you used to be able to just turn up but I think having to cross the harbour and people not telling the HM about it made them stop it maybe?
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Old 02 August 2004, 11:52   #5
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From the website--------Gunwharf Quays, has over 500 metres of prime berthing space just yards away from the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour, and the cruising waters of the Solent and English Channel.


Available to Tall Ships, corporate events and visiting boats, Gunwharf Berths has 24-hour access and plenty of depth. The berths can take vessels up to 75m in length, and are currently amongst the most sought after berths on the south coast.

Berthing at Gunwharf Quays

Waypoint position:
50° 47.66N
01° 06.40W

Charts:
AC 394, 2037, 2631
IMRAY C15

Depths: The marina is dredged to a minimum of 5.5 metres below chart datum.

Entering & Leaving Portsmouth
All vessels inbound for Gunwharf Quays must use the Small Boat Channel in Portsmouth Harbour and cross the deep-water channel at Ballast Buoy. All vessels are required to contact the Queen’s Harbour Master (QHM) on VHF Ch11 for permission to cross the deep-water channel.

The 50m wide Small Boat Channel runs from the west of No4 Bar Buoy to the west of Ballast Buoy. There is a flashing leading light on the south end of Oil Fuel Jetty (OFJ) and the red sector of this light conforms to the boat channel. Vessels must proceed to Ballast Buoy and then cross the main navigation channel at right angles when it is clear. It is mandatory to run an engine, if fitted, whilst transiting the entrance.

Vessels must not loiter in the area outside the Gunwharf Quays entrance.

Tides in the harbour entrance run very strongly in the third and fourth hours of the ebb and again during the last two hours of flood. There may be standing waves at the entrance and conditions can become confused in southerly winds particularly at times of frequent ship movements. Winds eddy round Fort Blockhouse and frequently turn through 180º. Vessels entering in windy conditions are advised to drop sails before transiting through the entrance.

All vessels must inform the Gunwharf Quays Berths Office of their ETA, at least 24 hours before arrival, so this information can be passed on to QHM.

QHM controls shipping on VHF Ch11.

All vessels are required to contact QHM before slipping Gunwharf Quays.

Cost for berthing (Apr - Sept):
Short stays (4 hours), £6
Overnight, £2.75 per metre per night.

Cost for berthing (Oct - Mar):
Short Stay (4 hours), £3
Overnight, £1.75 per metre per night

16/32 Amp Electric, £3 per stay
63/200 Amp Electric, metered


CONTACT
For more information and bookings please contact Gunwharf Quays Berths Office on:
Email: berth.masters@gunwharf-quays.com
Tel: 023 9283 6732
Fax: 023 9283 6738

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Old 02 August 2004, 13:48   #6
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I went in twice without booking the other week to deliver and collect a couple of friends who were going out for the day on the Sunsail AC boats. I had my £6 ready but was not asked for it and did not find (or look for) anyone to pay. I just rafted up alongside the other ribs. I did not go ashore so I did not have to get through the gate at the top of the gangway. That may be where they clobber you for the cash.

Watch out for Ribald on the harbour patrol, he is itching to use his blue light. Make sure you do not cross without permission from QHM and spoil his fun.
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Old 03 August 2004, 17:15   #7
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Thanks everyone who replied - unfortunately our campsite at Cobnor is full so we wont be coming down this weekend. Will save the info for the next time
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Very useful info; was planning (another) trip down there my self soon. Never been into Gunwarf Keys but always wanted to!
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We have most of the links for Solent and IOW harbours (and some marinas) on our web site in the "destinations" section.

Very few places need pre-booking they can usually fit RIBs ('specially small ones) in quite easily. Now a 48ft gin palace would be a different story altogether!
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