New buoyed channel into Cowes will improve small craft navigation

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The Cowes Harbour

Commission is planning to mark out a new small craft channel on the approach to

Cowes Harbour to make access for leisure boaters easier and safer. 

The new buoyed channel,

which will be in place by 31 March, is 200 metres long, and will cut through the

main moorings and flow directly into the fairway. The channel follows a

line from the end of the Shrape breakwater to the main fairway opposite the

short stay visitor pontoons at Town Quay. 

Deputy Harbourmaster Rod

Hodgson said, “It is hoped the new channel will reduce congestion at the

fairway entrance and enable suitable craft to avoid the strong tidal flows in

the vicinity. In addition it will remove the temptation for vessels to take a

short cut through the small craft moorings where damage to boats and buoys has

been a problem in the past.”