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Old 01 August 2013, 11:47   #1
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Hi all, coming to south coast next week and Tuesday is looking windy! Is there anywhere in Portsmouth harbour I can take my rib to visit and get food drinks and maybe little but fishing?
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Old 01 August 2013, 12:02   #2
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Search on here. Gunwharf Quays has a marina and loads (15 or so) places to eat. Failing that theres a couple of places at Haslar Marina, a place at Gosport Premier marina, or head up the harbour to Port Solent.
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Does it have to be Portsmouth? Chichester harbour is another option if you're looking for somewhere sheltered. Doesn't have the outlet shopping of Gunwharf, but is a beautiful part of the world for some gentle cruising.

Launch at Northney, then head round to Itchenor or Bosham for lunch depending on the tides. If you make it up to Emsworth then Heidi's is good for tea and cakes. East Head is a great beach, and pretty well sheltered in a south westerly.

Itchenor is an alternative launch site if you prefer.
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Also if new to Portsmouth Harbour, have a look at charts ref small boat channel and channel 11 QHM and distances from warships etc.

Massive Harbour and once clear of Navy and harbour entrance no real probs, stay out of cross channel ferry area.

Food and drink- Gunwharf Quay channel 80 for mooring
Or try opposite at the large green light ship at Haslar Marina for coffes, beware some charges at both. There is also fuel in Gosport Marina and another small marina restaurant
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Don't forget that you can visit Port Solent and Fareham whilst in the harbour, Castle in the Air is a nice pub in Fareham. Not sure who owns the pontoons these days, used to be Fairweather Marine who have an outboard shop on the side of the Quay.

Just a tip about fishing the Harbour. Don't catch Bass on purpose as the harbour is classed as a nursery area.
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Does it have to be Portsmouth? Chichester harbour is another option if you're looking for somewhere sheltered. Doesn't have the outlet shopping of Gunwharf, but is a beautiful part of the world for some gentle cruising.

Launch at Northney, then head round to Itchenor or Bosham for lunch depending on the tides. If you make it up to Emsworth then Heidi's is good for tea and cakes. East Head is a great beach, and pretty well sheltered in a south westerly.

Itchenor is an alternative launch site if you prefer.
Just watch out for speed patrols, they are hot in Chichester harbour.
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I've been into Portsmouth a few times and there is some interesting stuff there, use the small boat channel. Not sure if you can just cross to gunwharf or you need radio ahead?
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I've been into Portsmouth a few times and there is some interesting stuff there, use the small boat channel. Not sure if you can just cross to gunwharf or you need radio ahead?
You need to call QHM on Ch11 and ask permission to go from ballast to Gunwharf.
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You could always stop off at The Camber Dock (where the Isle Of Wight car ferry runs from).

There is a pub right on the quay and you can moor up right outside for £4.65. Gunwharf is only a 5 minute walk from there and there are plenty of pubs / cafe's / eateries within a couple of minutes walk.

Visiting Haslar Marina will probably cost you £8 for a visitors mooring, but The Lightship (green ship just on your port hand side as you enter the harbour) is a great place to have a drink and watch the boating world go by.
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