gauge, showing the depth of water over the bar, is displayed on the website and at the Berthing Office, with information updated every 60 seconds. Once inside the harbour there is a drying beach anchorage on your port side adjacent to Bembridge Sailing Club. Approximately half way down the harbour on your starboard side you will come to the Duver Marina visitors’ pontoon which gives access to the shore on the north side of the harbour. Individual “Premier” finger berths can be booked in advance online and in 2017 online booking is being extended to also include the main pontoon. At busy times during the summer months it may be necessary to raft out. Visitors are advised to call on VHF Channel 80, Callsign: “Bembridge Harbour” on entering the Harbour for berthing instructions. Advance on-line booking is available via the website, including for “premier” finger berths. Harbour staff are on duty 0800-1800 seven days a week. Rallies are very welcome - five or more boats receive a 5% discount, with a larger discount for rallies in excess of 10 boats. As a general rule of thumb, access to the harbour for a vessel drawing 1.5m is ±3 hours HW Portsmouth, Neaps or Springs. In recent years an extensive dredging programme has been completed within the harbour, re-establishing depths of 2m LWMS. An extension to the visitor’s pontoon has increased the available berthing space, and shoreside facilities have been refurbished and extended. There is a water taxi service, VHF Ch 80 Call sign ‘Bembridge Water Taxi’, tel: 01983 872828. The taxi is based at the Duver Pontoon and operates between various pick up and drop off points (subject to tidal access). There are showers and toilets, a laundry (at Bembridge Marina), water (own hosepipe), electricity, and waste removal facilities. WiFi is available to all visitors (first 1/2 hour free). A lift out and scrub service for RIBs/powerboats up to 10m (5 tonnes) is available to visiting boats at Bembridge Boat Storage (bembridgeboatstorage.co.uk), adjacent to the visitors’ pontoon and can be arranged through the Harbour or Berthing Office. Undercover and external dry-stack storage also available. Contact: Bembridge Harbour Authority, Harbour Office, The Duver, St Helens, Isle of Wight, PO33 1YB. Tel: 01983 872828. www.bembridgeharbour.co.uk or follow the Facebook page.
Photo: Bembridge Harbour Commission