There is abundant wildlife in Langstone Harbour which remains an area of real wilderness alongside the major city of Portsmouth. Sailors, boaters and other water sports enthusiasts share the harbour with the resident wildlife, and providing a little consideration is shown, all the different uses can coexist in harmony. Langstone Harbour contains a number of nesting islands and landing is not allowed. Visitors should avoid trampling the mud and saltmarsh plants to ensure their survival into the future.
Langstone Harbour is a shallow, natural harbour with extensive mudflats which are exposed during low tide. The whole harbour is one of Hampshire's several 'Sites of Special Scientific Interest' (SSSI) with international status. Together with neighbouring Chichester Harbour, it is a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, and part of the Solent European Marine Site.
The approach to Langstone Harbour is easy in most weather conditions, but best from High Water -3 to +1 hour. The entrance channel lies between the East and West Winner drying banks, which offer some protection. Once close to the Fairway Beacon, approximately 1 mile to the south of the harbour entrance, in line with a conspicuous chimney, steer 344º to just clear East Winner. The entrance itself deepens and favours the west side.
The harbour speed limit is 10 knots and because of the environmental sensitivity of the area's wildlife, there are also restrictions on certain activities. Chichester Harbour is accessible under the Hayling road bridge for vessels of low air draught at certain states of the tide.
All vessels using Langstone Harbour are obliged to pay harbour dues; this includes vessels visiting Southsea Marina. All vessels on the water must display their daily or annual plaque.
Fuel, water, and waste reception facilities are available at the Hayling pontoon. Harbour Office call up is VHF Ch 12/16; the working frequency is Ch 12.
There are three public slipways in Langstone Harbour; the Ferry Point slipway, Haylind Island; Eastney slipway, Portsmouth; and the Broadmarsh slipway.
Contact: Langstone Harbour Board,Harbour Office, Ferry Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0DG. Tel: 02392 463419. www.langstoneharbour.org.uk
Southsea Marina - Contact the marina on VHF channel 80 call sign 'Southsea Marina' when approaching Southsea Marina channel to be given berthing instructions. The speed limit in the marina channel is 5 knots. Southsea Marina has a cill gate which opens and closes automatically at certain states of the tide. The tides for Southsea Marina and the times of the cill gate opening and closing are available to download at www.premiermarinas.com/southsea_cill_gate.
The entrance to Southsea Marina Channel is just past the Hayling Ferry pontoon. Seven starboard-hand and nine port-hand markers mark the approach channel, the first of which are lit piles. Of the remaining eight port-hand markers, the fourth, sixth, and ninth are all lit. None of the starboard-hand markers - made up of two buoys and a further three piles - are lit. The Western waiting pontoon is marked with a starboard-hand light. The marina channel is dredged to 0.5m below chart datum.
Southsea Marina has first-class facilities with a fully serviced boatyard. There are CCTV cameras and guard patrols, an on-site bar and restaurant, refurbished toilet and shower blocks, and 24-hour diesel and petrol. The marina also has a 24-hour launderette; post box and collection point; Premier Marinas WiFi; electricity; water; bottled gas. Eastney Convenience Store and a cashpoint are 10 minutes walk away. Contact: Southsea Marina, Fort Cumberland Road, Portsmouth, PO4 9RJ. Tel: 023 9282 2719. www.premiermarinas.com/southsea
Please note, this information is to be used as a guide only and not for navigation.