Make the most of the quintessential British seaside town of Brighton by using our online travel guide for visiting by boat
As part of our brand new WEEKENDER series, this month we bring you Brighton.
Brighton is one of those ‘must-visit’ places, and there’s no better way to get there than by boat – it’s only about a two to three-hour cruise from the Solent, and for anyone crossing the Channel it’s a great place to break up your voyage.
In a strong onshore wind the entrance can be very rough so in such conditions many vessels approach from the south, which avoids much of the backlash from the breakwaters. The entrance channel, dredged to a minimum depth of two metres below chart datum, is buoyed by red and green markers to the inner entrance, which is marked by fixed red and green vertical lights.
It’s a good idea to call the marina as you approach on 01273 819919 or VHF Ch80 or 37, but unless already allocated a berth, moor on the visitors’ pontoons, which are to port after passing the inner entrance.
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The fuel berth lies at the eastern end of the marina, just outside the
lock, which gives access to the boatyard and inner harbour. Fuel available 24 hours a day, but after 6pm contact the harbourmaster. Overnight visitors can benefit from cheaper fuel, which at the time of going to press was £1.10 per litre with the 60/40 split.
There are water and power points on each pontoon, with free electricity for the first two nights, while showers, toilets, and launderette facilities are located on both the eastern and western jetties.
Admiralty Chart 1991, SC5605, The Shell Channel Pilot: South Coast of England, North Coast of France, Channel Islands.
For the full feature see the October 2013 issue of MBM.