Insider’s guide to Plymouth

Everything you need to know about cruising and mooring in Plymouth

How to enter Plymouth Harbour

Arriving and entering Plymouth Harbour is relatively straightforward but check out our Plymouth harbour map to see for yourself.

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There are two entrances past Plymouth Breakwater – the western channel is the widest, but the eastern channel is relatively simple too with just a few buoys and the Shag Stone rock to avoid on your way in.

Once inside Plymouth Breakwater it isn’t necessary to keep to the main deep-water channels because there is sufficient depth for most motorcruisers. However, if you want to go to the west of Drake’s Island then you will need to pass through a passageway through a shallow reef known as The Bridge, which is marked by four prominent and lit posts.

Alternatively, you can stay just outside the main channel and follow it round to the western end of Mount Batten Breakwater. If you then turn to starboard you will have a choice of three good marinas for your first night in Plymouth.

For more in-depth information check out the full feature in the October 2009 issue of Motor Boats Monthly.

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