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Dos and Don'ts


No anchoring between the breakwater and the bridge, in any fairway or anywhere that obstructs navigation.


When approaching Yarmouth from the east please keep at least 50m clear of the pier head to avoid fishing lines. Similarly on departure from the harbour.


Children should not be left unattended anywhere in the harbour.

Sailing is forbidden

Owing to narrow navigable channels, sailing is forbidden in the Inner Harbour unless by prior arrangement.

Speed limit

4 knots over the ground in the River Yar and inner Harbour area, and 6 knots over the ground from the entrance Dolphin at the breakwater to the outer Harbour limits. All efforts to reduce wash must be taken. Note that speed limits will be strictly enforced.

Harbour Entrance

Yarmouth is shared by yachtsmen, fishermen and ferry operators. At times the entrance can become very busy and special vigilance is required when navigating in this area. Visitors are particularly requested to give the Wightlink ferry a wide berth as it enters and leaves the Harbour.


All incidents and accidents MUST be reported to the Harbour Master in writing. Incident Report forms can be obtained from the Harbour Office.


There are others using the harbour at the same time as you - keep noise to a minimum, especially at night. No static running motors to be operated overnight.


No animals allowed on foreign visiting yachts unless in possession of a pet passport.

Please keep your dog on a lead on harbour property and pontoons.Please clean up any fouling.


No diving, tomb-stoning, sail boarding, paddle boarding, water skiing or fishing between the breakwater and the bridge. Various restrictions apply elswhere - please check with the Harbour Office for details.


IMPORTANT Petrol and diesel are very inflammable. Every effort to reduce the risk of spillage or explosion should be taken.

Do your tanks have good breathers? Do your fuel gauges work correctly?

When refuelling:

  • Switch off engines and generator sets
  • NO smoking
  • NO use of mobile phones or VHF radios
  • Please handle fuel guns with care
  • DO NOT spill fuel into Harbour
  • DO NOT start engines until all filler guns and tank openings are closed

(In the event of fuel spillage, immediately inform the Harbour staff.)


DO NOT pump out oily bilges into Harbour or river. Oil spillage is a reportable incident.


DO NOT throw any rubbish or fish waste overboard. Facilities for the proper disposal of refuse are available.

Outboard Engines

Kill switches. Please use where fitted.


There is No Swimming in the Inner Harbour.