The River Hamble

Internationally famous as a first class sailing centre, the River Hamble is also renowned for the excellence of its servicing and repair facilities offered in a variety of marinas and boatyards.  Whether your interest is racing, power-boating or blue water cruising, the Hamble has the facilities you need; deep water, easy access to the Solent at all states of the tide.

Popular with locals and visitors alike, the Hamble is perfect for weekend excursions or as a departure point for destinations further afield. It is used extensively by yachtsmen; competitors in Cowes Week and the Round the Island Race use the harbour as a base and, closer to home, local yacht clubs host the Hamble Winter Series, Warsash Spring Series, Bursledon Regatta, national, European and World championships,  .

The river is not just a sailing Mecca, it is a nationally and internationally important site for nature conservation and a bird watchers' paradise. Riverside walks or simply watching the world go by are popular pastimes.  It also offers a safe location for rowing, canoeing and kayaking, and for the up-coming sport of paddle-boarding.

The river is a constant hive of activity during the summer season and therefore care should always be taken. Access to the River Hamble is available at all states of tide, although waves can build up at the entrance in a southwesterly wind combined with an ebb tide.

By day, from the vicinity of Hamble Point Buoy, follow the main channel which is clearly marked with lit port and starboard-hand piles. From the Warsash Maritime Academy Jetty, the starboard side of the channel is clearly marked by four lit starboard-hand buoys. A 'preferred channel' mark (pile) is at the southern end of the first pontoon encountered; leave it to port for the main channel. Thereafter, the main channel is clearly marked with lit port and starboard-hand piles.

At night, follow Hamble Common Directional light on a bearing of 352°, then Sailing Club Directional light on a bearing of 029° and then follow the lit buoys and piles as above.

Depths obviously vary. Most marinas are dredged to 1.5m. Depths in the main channel vary from at least 4m in the approaches, to 2.2m at Bursledon Bend. Tidal streams can be very strong, particularly on the ebb. Mariners are advised to keep to the centre line or to starboard of the centre line and not too close to the entrance piles, especially at Low Water.

Walk ashore facilities are available for visitors at the Harbour Master's jetty at Warsash and Hamble. There are also mid-stream visitors' pontoons available between piles B1 and B6. For berth allocation, call the Harbour Master on VHF Ch 68 Call Sign 'Hamble Harbour Radio'.

There is a 6 knot 'through the water' speed limit from No. 1 pile and wash limit on all vessels whilst within the River Hamble harbour limits. No anchoring is allowed in the river, except in the Upper Hamble, above Manor Farm Country Park Jetty, where anchored boats must not be left unattended. Access to the Upper Hamble is through three bridges, the lowest of which (A27) has a clearance of 3.5 metres at Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT).

Contact: River Hamble Harbour Authority, Harbour Office, Shore Road, Warsash, SO31 9FR. Tel: 01489 576387. www.hants.gov.uk/hambleharbour

Marinas may be contacted on VHF Ch 80 for berth availability.

Hamble Point Marina 

For sheer location alone, Hamble Point Marina is hard to beat.  Situated right at the mouth of the River Hamble, with easy access to the world famous waters of the Solent, the marina is a magnet for competitive sailors from around the globe.  It's a favourite with racers and crusing yachtsmen alike.

When approaching Hamble Point, please keep clear of commercial shipping in Southampton Water.  From abeam Calshot Castle head for Hamble Pt South Cardinal buoy at the mouth of the well-marked river.  From here the channel is narrow between drying banks, so be sure to leave the No. 2 East Cardinal beacon to port.  At night two directional lights lead to Warsash Jetty on the east bank.  The entrance to Hamble Point Marina is 500m further north on the west bank.

The marina has 230 berths (max LOA: 30m) and 121 dry stack berths (max LOA: 10m). There is boat lifting and storage ashore; a 75 ton boat hoist; a 4 ton crane for masts/engines; slipway; boat repairs; electronic services; storage; chandlery; bar and restaurant; yacht brokerage; dry sailing facility; trailer sailing; Wi-Fi; laundry and recycling facilities.

Contact: Hamble Point Marina, School Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4NB. Tel: 023 8045 2464. www.hamblepointmarina.co.uk 

Port Hamble Marina

Port Hamble Marina is situated on the River Hamble right in the heart of the South Coast's sailing scene.  With thousands of visitors every year, this busy marina is popular with racing enthusiasts and cruising vessels looking for a vibrant atmosphere.  The picturesque Hamble village, with its inviting pubs and restaurants, is only a few minutes walk away.

When approaching Port Hamble, please keep clear of commercial shipping in Southampton Water.  From abeam Calshot Castle head for Hamble Pt South Cardinal buoy at the mouth of the well-marked river.  From here the channel is narrow between drying banks, so be sure to leave the No 2 East Cardinal beacon to port.  At night two directional lights lead to Warsash Jetty on the east bank.  Port Hamble Marina is about 0.75 miles north, the second marina on the west bank.

The marina has 310 berths, max LOA: 24m; fuel (petrol/diesel) seven days a week; boat lifting and storage ashore; electronic services; chandlery; laundry facilities; bar and restaurant; yacht brokerage; and Wi-Fi.

Contact: Port Hamble Marina, Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4QD. Tel: 02380 452741. www.porthamblemarina.co.uk

Mercury Yacht Harbour

Originally built by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Mercury Yacht Harbour is situated in a sheltered wooded site where the shallow waters of Badnam Creek joins the River Hamble. Just a twenty minute walk from Hamble village, the marina offers berthing for 360 boats and enjoyed deep water at all states of tide.  Among the excellent facilities are a chandlery as well as a far and restaurant with waterfront views.

When approaching the marina, please keep clear of commercial shipping in Southampton Water.  From abeam Calshot Castle head for Hamble Pt South Cardinal buoy at the mouth of the well-marked river.  From here the channel is narrow between drying banks, so be sure to leave the No 2a East Cardinal beacon to port.  At night two directional lights lead to Warsash Jetty on the east bank.  About 1.35 miles north, Mercury Yacht Harbour is the third marina on the west bank.

The marina has 360 berths, max LOA: 24m; boat lifting and storage ashore; electronic services; towing; chandlery; laundry facilities; bar and restaurant; yacht brokerage; sailing schools; yacht charters; and Wi-Fi.

Contact: Mercury Yacht Harbour, Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4HQ. Tel: 02380 45 5994. www.mercuryyachtharbour.co.uk

Universal Marina 

Universal Marina is an independent family-run marina set adjacent to 68 acres of tranquil, wooded riverbank, just minutes from the M27 and 15 minutes from the Solent. Renowned for its friendly staff and secure facilities, complemented by full yard services and ample free car parking. Berths range from 7.5m - 26m, deep water, semi-tidal, dinghy, and RIBs.

Contact: Universal Marina, Crableck Lane, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, SO31 7ZN. Tel: 01489 574272. www.universalmarina.co.uk. Univeral Marina is a member of TransEurope Marinas

Swanwick Marina

Swanwick Marina is situated on the picturesque eastern bank of the River Hamble, approximately two miles upriver from the entrance to Southampton Water.

On approaching Swanwick Marina please contact the marina by phone or VHF channel 80 for directions to a berth. At Swanwick Marina yachtsmen can look forward to quality facilities including a launderette, electricity, and water on pontoons, 24-hour security, car parking, and a newly refurbished first-class Café Bistro, The Boat House Café.

Contact: Swanwick Marina, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 1ZL. Tel: 01489 884081. www.premiermarinas.com/swanwick

 

Mariners Quay

Outboard powerboat dealer, expertise in rigging and servicing of outboard engines at Mariners Quay in Warsash close to the mouth of the Hamble River.  Services include sales of outboard boats and custom-built Atlanta RIBs, sales of spares and parts for both Yamaha and Suzuki.  

Contact:  Solent and Warsash Marine, Mariners Quay, Shore Road, Warsash SO31 9FR.  Tel 01489 583813.  Email: info@sandwmarine.co.uk

Please note, information in this publication is to be used as a guide only and not for navigation.