Harbour Masters Notice 10/18
Vessel Interaction in Tor Bay Harbour
When planning a visit to Paignton Harbour it’s always advisable to radio ahead on VHF Channel 14 to check availability of visitor berthing, especially during busy weekends in the summer season or large maritime events.
You’ll find useful information about Tor Bay Harbour and the approaches to the three enclosed harbours of Torquay, Brixham and Paignton on Admiralty Chart No. 26 - ‘Harbours on the South Coast of Devon’.
However grand or modest your craft may be, please ensure that you navigate safely and observe the maximum harbour speed limit of 5 knots. Your boat’s wash can be particularly damaging to nearby vessels alongside.
Please be respectful of other commercial and leisure harbour users and refrain from using alternative vacant berths…it will belong to someone! Anchoring in either of Tor Bay’s enclosed harbours (or approaches) is strictly prohibited!
First, an important safety note once ashore…
Paignton is a ‘working’ Harbours and visitors should read and abide by any safety signs and information to apprise themselves of potential hazards or dangers. Please pay particular attention when approaching any pier edge or unfenced areas. There are ladders, grab chains and steps located around the Harbour for getting out of the water. Lifebuoys are strategically located around the perimeter to assist in the rescue of a person in the water. Whilst several areas are pedestrianised, keep a watchful eye for delivery vehicles, trucks, fork-lifts and of course boats and trailers!
Paignton Harbour can be readily located, being ¼ mile south of the Paignton Pier landmark.
However, safe navigation requires attention to the following points…..
An East Cardinal mark, warns approaching mariners of rocks located to the east of Paignton Harbour, whilst a unique port hand mark, displaying the ‘N’ flag, denotes opposite to conventional access (ie vessels when entering the harbour keep to the PORT side of the fairway).
A (quick) flashing Red light marks the end of East Quay.
Mariners should be particularly aware of the state of tide when planning to visit the Harbour. The harbour dries out at low tide, so any prolonged visits require vessels to be either bilge keel or flat bottomed. Mariners will soon see the visitor’s pontoon alongside the pier to port, with the main slipway beyond.
Visitors should radio ‘PAIGNTON HARBOUR’ on VHF channel 14 for specific berthing instructions prior to arrival.
Alongside berthing is very limited so please contact the Paignton Harbour Office on 01803 557812 for further advice beforehand.