Joining your yacht
South Coast - In the Solent - Gosport, Portsmouth Harbour
The embarkation (pick up/joining) point will beHaslar Marina's extensively modernised and refurbished Marina in Gosport, Portsmouth Harbour .
Haslar Marina (the Lightship) Gosport, Portsmouth Harbour Marina
In a sheltered corner of Portsmouth Harbour, just inside the harbour entrance, lies Haslar Marina - it's the one with the Big Green Lightship which you can see from everywhere. Surrounded by bars, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions, it's a great base for Solent sailing and, with no tidal issues, offers great access to all five oceans.
Not satisfied with our 600 plus berths, we recently added nearly 100m of deep water pontoon for boats of up to 60m. However if your boat is of more modest proportions, we will have the berth for you. Road and rail access is very good, helped by the Gosport Ferry which proudly shuffles across the harbour regardless of the weather.
Finding Haslar Marina Gosport, Portsmouth Harbour Marina
If you are coming by car:
Find us using Sat Nav - PO12 1NU From junction 11 of the M27, follow signs to Fareham. At the first roundabout turn left into Gosport Road - A32, (signposted Stubbington, Lee on Solent) under the viaduct. Proceed over the next roundabout, then branch left signposted A32 Gosport. Follow this road past Fort Brockhurst for a further 1.75 miles. The car park for Hassler Marina is on the right (Look out for The Lightship on your left and also Hardy’s Brasserie on your right).
If you are coming by rail:
Portsmouth Harbour is the nearest mainline station with direct services to London Waterloo, London Victoria, Brighton, and Southampton. On arriving at Portsmouth Harbour railway station you need to take the 'walk on' or 'foot' ferry to Gosport, Exit the main entrance (steps and a ramp on your left) and trend left; railway station personnel will assist you to the ticket machines for the ferry if you ask nicely. The ferry is always popular with other passengers and you could ask someone if they will assist and accompany you aboard, as other than ferry staff there aren't usually customer service staff. (You will need £2.80 in change for the automated ticket machine) The ferry service to Gosport operates every 15 minutes.
On reaching Gosport ask one of your fellow passengers if they will assist you and accompany you from the pier to the start of the millennium walk.
After disembarking from the ferry, walk till you exit the terminal (approximately 200 metres) If you follow the railings up the pier when the railings come to the end you can bear left to locate the wall of the millenium walk. trending left to pick up the Millenium walk and follow the sea wall on your left past the Afray (submarine memorial in the wall with trip hazard) jutting out slightly. continue till you reach a noticeable break in the sea wall leads to wooden decking underfoot (entrance for the rod fishing pier) on your left carry on past this for 7 or 8 paces till you reach railings on left and a small wall ahead of you at knee height. This identifies the Marinas first gate which leads to the main hammer head and pontoons M to A. The lightship LV1 aka Mary Mouse 2 is situated adjacent pontoon M.
On arrival at Haslar Marinas Gosport, Portsmouth Harbour Marina
At the marina gates you should telephone your skipper.
Give your skipper a call on (the VI-SA-GB's boat phone number will be advised) and someone will come to meet you and escort you to the yacht
As you face the gated entrance to the marina there is a gate release button facia(on right at chest level) which you press just the once, marina staff will then see you on CCTV and talk with you, you can simply give the name of your yacht and they will open the gate for you to enter.
Immediately on entering through the gates you will be on the ramp leading to the hammer head pontoon. Caution must be taken from hereon (the ramp is railed on each side to where it joins the main hammer head) On reaching the main hammer head pontoon (no railings), pontoon M can be found by following the wide hammer head back to the left and following that for approximately 200 metres. Caution here as you have water on both sides of you. Pontoon M forms a final wide (20 foot or so) pontoon running off to your right down towards the noticeable loud creaking sounds of a large ship moored alongside (the lightship LV 1 aka Mary Mouse 2) on the left of the pontoon. Your yacht will be moored to the right alongside the pontoon and adjacent the lightship.
National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950
Gosport Ferry 023 9252 4551
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