Fowey Cruising Guide

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"Fowey is the harbour of harbours."  So said Hilaire Belloc in The Cruise of the Nona in 1925 and we can find no reason to disagree with him.  Fowey Harbour sits on the south coast of Cornwall at the mouth of the River Fowey and elegantly combines the needs of thousands of leisure craft and a busy commercial port.  China Clay is a major export of this area and makes up a significant proportion of the marine traffic in this natural deep-water haven.  Cruise liners are also regular visitors along with many thousands of leisure craft each year and the harbour can become very busy in summer.

The charming town of Fowey (pronounced Foy) sits on the western side of the harbour and has an excellent range of shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants.  The short stay pontoons on this side of the harbour are good for stocking up with provisions.  The ancient fishing village of Polruan, on the opposite bank, has a maze of narrow streets and steps winding between the cottages and has a charm of its own.  Fowey and Polruan are connected by a regular passenger ferry across the harbour, running daily throughout the year.

Fowey Harbour enjoys 24 hour access in almost any conditions.  Leisure craft should keep clear of the main channels where possible and give way to commercial vessels, who are restricted in their ability to manoeuvre.

Fowey Berthing

Fowey Harbour Commissioners, VHF Ch 12 (Harbour Patrol)
Fowey Harbour Office, Fowey PL23 1AJ - +44(0)1726 832471
All Fowey Harbour Commissioners moorings are white or yellow and marked FHC Visitors.  Berth as directed.  Wi-Fi network provided throughout lower harbour.

Floating pontoons for visitors at entrance to Pont Pill, opposite Albert Quay and in Mixtow Creek

Fore and aft moorings in Pont Pill.  Swinging moorings on east side of the harbour for vessels up to 13m LOA.

Short stay landing pontoons at Albert Quay, Berrill's Yard and Polruan Quay
Maximum 2 hour stay.  Water available at Albert Quay and Berrill's Yard.

Showers at Royal Fowey Yacht Club (100m south of Town Quay) and Fowey Gallants Sailing Club (100m north of Albert Quay) who both welcome visiting yachtsmen.


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Fowey Fuel

Toms and Sons Boat Yard
+44(0)1726 870232
Diesel only, on east bank by Polruan Quay

Fowey Water Taxis

Fowey Water Taxi
VHF Ch 06
+44(0)7774 906730
Daily service from Easter to the end of September, weekends only in October