Getting to Port Solent Marina
Premier Marinas' Port Solent Marina is located in the upper reaches of Portsmouth Harbour, just outside the city of Portsmouth and close to the A3(M) London to Portsmouth road and the M27 motorway. How to find the marina by road, rail, air and sea are described here. Contact the marina if you have any other queries about finding the South Coast marina.
Approaching Port Solent Marina by Sea
The following notes are provided as a guide to approaching Port Solent by sea. Visitors to Port Solent should however make sure that they are aware of all navigational dangers by consulting up-to-date charts and pilot books. Visitors should also be aware of the Queen’s Harbour Master Rules and Regulations that apply to Portsmouth Harbour as well as current Notices to Mariners and weather and tides before planning a visit. Port Solent tide tables are available showing approximate lock free flow times and tide heights to local time and chart datum. No adjustment is required for British Summer Time. View Port Solent tide tables.
Portchester Lake Entrance
The entrance to Portchester Lake, which is about a mile north of the harbour entrance, is marked to the west by pile No.57 and to the east by pile No.95. The whole channel is marked by red piles to the west, numbered 57 to 74 (leave to port) and by green piles to the east running from 95 to 75. Twenty of the piles are lit by navigational lights.
Passage North through Portchester Lake
At night make for pile No.57 - approximately 1 mile north of the harbour entrance this marks the entrance to Portchester Channel. You should also look for pile No.95 until the channel opens. Both these piles are visible at 3.2 miles. Immediately to the north of pile No.94 are two unlit spherical yellow buoys marking foul ground and these should be left to starboard. Although the channel in the south is wide, the best water is defined by large buoys, which are not lit, and should be left to port. At night this reach of the channel is clearly defined by lit starboard hand piles No’s 93, 92, 90, 88 and 86.
As you clear the buoys, in the vicinity of pile No.63 to port, and pile No.88 to starboard, the channel narrows and starts a long left-hand bend. North of 86 the best water now lies close to the three port piles No.66, No.67 and No.68. On the right-hand side opposite these piles is Tipner Lake. This entrance is marked by two piles red No.82 and green No.85. The former on the starboard side of the main channel can cause confusion. As you proceed around the bend at lit piles No.68 to port and No.80 to starboard mark the sharp turn left into the final section of channel with Portchester Castle to port.
AT PILE NO.78 CALL PORT SOLENT ON VHF CH. 80 AND REQUEST A LOCK IN
In season, the upper section is well marked by moored yachts. Out of season, beware of many unlit moorings on both sides of the channel. From pile No.80 turn slowly almost due north to pile No.79 avoiding the shallow water immediately north of pile No.80. At low tide keep to the port side of the channel to pile No.72A, thereafter cross to the starboard side of the channel to pile No.76. pile No.75 opens the channel between rows of piled yacht moorings.
Proceed between the moorings steering on pile A and pile B. Once abeam of pile B, steer to follow a line leaving the outer pontoons to starboard. At pile B the lock entrance will be clearly visible. Do not proceed into the lock barrel unless three green entry lights show. If it is necessary to wait for the lock, moor to the outer waiting pontoon, clear of the lock entrance. Please note that during the ‘off-season’ the outer waiting pontoon may not be in position.
Lock Entrance Waypoint
Latitude 50º 50’ 37” N
Longitude 01º 06’ 06” W
View locking procedure at Port Solent here >
To Port Solent Marina by Road
Port Solent’s postal address is Port Solent Marina, South Lockside, Port Solent, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 4TJ
Port Solent is located close to the base of the A3(M) London to Portsmouth road and the M27 South Coast motorway. From London to Portsmouth via the A3(M) (passing Kingston upon Thames, Guildford, Haslemere and Petersfield) the journey by road to Port Solent takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. Travelling via the M3/M27 (passing Basingstoke, Winchester, Eastleigh, Southampton and Fareham) the journey takes approximately 1 hour 25 minutes.
Port Solent from the west: Motorway access is via the M27 at junction 12. Branch left, signposted A27 Paulsgrove, then merge onto the A27. Follow the A27 into Southampton Road. Turn left onto Port Way, signposted Port Solent.
Port Solent from the east: At Hilsea, branch left off the A27. Then at the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Western Road – A27 – signposted Fareham. Follow the A27 into Southampton Road past Tesco. Immediately under the motorway bridge filter left at the lights into Portway, signposted Port Solent. From Portsmouth: Take the M275 and follow the signs. Contact the marina
To Port Solent by Rail
Portsmouth and Southsea is the nearest main line station with regular connections to Chichester, Brighton, London and Southampton. The nearest local station is Portchester and the station at Havant offers connections to London Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour services. nationalrail.co.uk
To Port Solent by Ferry
Port Solent enjoys excellent links to the continent, the Channel Islands and to the Isle of Wight via Portsmouth ferry and hovercraft services.
To Port Solent by Air
Port Solent is within easy reach of Heathrow
Airport is also just 18 miles away (24 minutes by road) and offers domestic and international flights.