Navigating to Universal Marina by sea
Universal Marina lies some two miles upriver from the River Hamble’s entrance to Southampton Water on the eastern bank. A popular and busy river, the Hamble has a six-knot speed limit and wash should be minimised.
We enjoy welcoming visitors to our marina, but we highly recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment, especially in peak season. Priority access is given to Premier berth holders visiting from other marinas. Please report to the marina’s reception upon arrival via VHF Channel 80 or by telephone.
The following notes are provided as a simple guide to approaching the marina by sea and should not be relied on for navigation. Please consult up-to-date charts and pilot books to ensure you are aware of any navigational dangers. Visitors should also be aware of current Notices to Mariners, the weather and tides. See Universal Marina tide times here.
Waypoint – Hamble Point SCM buoy, Q(6)+LFl.15s
Sector lights/ transit – Hamble Common 352º/172º Occ(2) RWG 12s Warsash 028º/208º Iso RWG 6s
Universal Marina entrance
All the marina entrance piles are lit and fitted with radar reflectors. Visitors are advised to keep to the centre line or to starboard of the centre line. Be careful not to get too close to the entrance piles, especially at low water.
Vessels over 20 metres entering the River Hamble must call Hamble Harbour Radio on Channel 68 at No.1 pile. Southampton Harbour requires inbound vessels to call and monitor Southampton Vessel Traffic Services on Channel 12 when passing the Nab Tower and when entering Southampton Harbour waters from the West Solent.
Universal Marina features
Universal Marina has all the services you’d expect from a premium marina.