Cowes welcomes over 50,000 visiting craft during the season from March to October, and has berths suitable for all sizes and types of vessel.
There are a large number of visitor swinging moorings and river pontoons available both in Cowes Harbour and upstream on the River Medina. The Cowes Harbour Mooring Location Chartlet gives an overview of all Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) run mooring options.
All Marinas in Cowes Harbour have facilities for visiting craft, namely Shepards Marina, Cowes Yacht Haven, East Cowes Marina, and Island Harbour Marina, which offer a full range of services and amenities suitable for yacht racing events, or rallies, and cater also to the needs of the cruising sailor and powerboater.
Tariffs applying to Berths for Visitors are shown in this section, but note that special rates apply with regard to Berthing for Events, during Cowes Week, the Round the Island Race, or for other major events, so it pays to enquire in advance.
For river pontoons and swinging moorings, call ‘HM1’ on VHF Channel 69. For marinas, call on Channel 80. During busy periods you may well need to ‘raft up’ and when possible, you should always hail the vessel you intend to moor alongside and request permission, as a courtesy.
Frequent Water Taxis provide essential links to Cowes and East Cowes, around the Harbour and to all parts of the River Medina.
Cowes Harbour is one of the most visited ports on the south coast of England and provides excellent boating facilities and services in the harbour and on the River Medina through the many boatyards, marinas, and marine services operators.
There are also several Slipways and Public Landings for launching and recovering small boats.
Fresh water is available from all the marinas, and at Trinity Landing.
Marinas provide facilities for garbage from boats using their berths. Boats moored in the River Medina or at anchor should retain garbage on board until berthed alongside, or take it ashore to facilities situated adjacent to public landings. Using the river to dispose of rubbish of any kind is illegal.
Free Pump Out
The pump out berth, for use by any boat (with prior notice), is located on the south pontoon at Shepards Marina in Cowes. Please call the marina on 01983 297821 or VHF Ch 80 to arrange access and the marina staff will be glad to help you. CHC levies no charges for the holding tank pump out to encourage more sailors and boaters to use the facility.
Fuel and Gas
Open seven days a week, the Cowes Harbour Services Fuel Berth is the main facility in Cowes Harbour providing easy access and competitively priced fuel. It is located on the River Medina 200m south of the Chain Ferry underneath the Hammerhead Crane. Tel: 01983 200716. VHF Ch 69.
You can also find a fuelling station at Lallow’s Boatyard, 50m south of Cowes Yacht Haven.
Tel: 01983 292112.
Town Quay adjacent to the Harbour Office. Suitable for vessels up to 10.6m LOA and 2m draft at spring tides and 1.0m draft at neap tides.
Folly Inn scrubbing berth, capable of taking vessels up to 10.6m LOA and 1.83m draft at spring tides. Bookings by application to the Folly Harbour Office. Tel: 07884 400046.
If you are afloat and have a medical emergency, call Solent Coastguard on VHF Ch 16/67. The designated medical emergency landing site is Trinity Landing, off Cowes Parade.
Cowes Medical Centre is at 200 Newport Road, Cowes, PO31 7ER. It is open Monday to Friday from 0800 to 1800. For appointments tel: 01983 294902.
A&E service, St Mary’s Hospital, Parkhurst Road, Newport, PO30 5TG. For non-urgent medical enquiries call 111.
East Cowes Medical Centre is next to Waitrose, in Church Path, East Cowes, PO32 6RP. It is open Monday to Friday from 0800 to 1830. For appointments tel: 01983 284333.