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Small Craft Navigation

Small Craft Navigation

Cowes is one of the busiest leisure ports in the UK, and during the summer months the density of small craft presents quite a challenge for any navigator.

Fortunately, the channels and fairways in Cowes Harbour are well marked and local regulations exist to assist the navigator of small craft.

In this section you can find information specific to small craft including the effects of:

  • Local Tidal Flows
  • Tidal Simulations
  • Ferries and Shipping 
  • Collision Regulations

Cowes Harbour Commission’s number one priority is to maintain a safe harbour, and to this end, local regulations exist to assist the navigators of leisure and commercial craft. In Cowes, these regulations and advice are General Directions and Local Notices to Mariners. It is the responsibility of all boat owners, agents, charterers, marinas, yacht clubs and sailing organisations to ensure this information is made known to the masters or persons in charge of their vessels or craft.

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