Southampton Cruising Guide

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At first glance the maritime city of Southampton seems to be all about boats.  Famous ocean liners such as Queen Mary 2 and cruise ships from all over the world regularly grace the waterfront.  The city often plays host to round the world yacht races and major marine events such as the annual Southampton Boat Show.  Commercial shipping comes and goes almost constantly and the marinas are full of sailing and motor yachts of all shapes and sizes. 

However, not far from the waterfront, you will find the historic old town with medieval town walls and buildings that span the centuries.  The best way for history buffs to see it is on foot.  Back in the modern world, if shopping is more your thing, then head for West Quay where large stores sit side by side with small boutiques or Bargate where you can often find a market in full swing. The city has no shortage of places to eat, drink and just relax either, both at the waterfront and in the heart of the city.

If visiting by boat, then you will need to make for one of the marinas as there are few other options.  Southampton is also a good place to repair and refit.  You will find a wealth of marine expertise here and facilities for lifting even the largest of yachts at Shamrock Quay and Saxon Wharf.

Southampton Berthing


Hythe Marina Village, VHF Ch 80
Shamrock Way, Hythe, Southampton SO45 6DY - +44(0)2380 207073
Access via lock
Water, electricity, toilets, showers, laundry, Wi-Fi, fuel, gas, pump out, lift out, storage ashore, boatyard, services, general store, bars, restaurants

Ocean Village Marina, VHF Ch 80
2 Channel Way, Southampton SO14 3TG - +44(0)2380 229385
Maximum LOA: 90m
Water, electricity, toilets, showers, laundry, Wi-Fi, gas, bars, restaurants

Shamrock Quay Marina, VHF Ch 80
William Street, Northam, Southampton SO14 5QL - +44(0)2380 229461
Maximum LOA: 70m
Water, electricity, toilets, showers, laundry, Wi-Fi, chandlery, lift out, storage ashore, boatyard services, bar, restaurants

Kemps Quay
Quayside Road, Southampton SO18 1BZ - +44(0)2380 632323
Water, electricity, toilets, showers, lift out, storage ashore

Town Quay Marina
Management Office, Town Quay, Southampton SO14 2AQ - +44(0)2380 234397
Maximum LOA: 40m
Water, electricity, toilets, showers, laundry, bar, restaurant

Other Berthing

As Southampton is very much a commercial port there are no specific anchorages for pleasure craft and the few public moorings are only available for very large yachts opposite Royal Pier by prior arrangement with the Harbour Master. 


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Southampton Fuel

Available from Hythe Village Marina.  See Berthing for details.

Itchen Marine Towage
+44(0)2380 631500
Fuel pontoon off American Wharf, just past the Itchen Bridge on the port hand side.