If approaching Cowes from the west, stay 125m from the shore to avoid rocks along The Green and stay clear of the row of yellow swinging moorings (March-October). Vessels should enter and leave the Inner Harbour between the green No. 1 and red No. 2 fairway buoys.
If approaching from the east, pass 200m north of Old Castle Point leaving the Shrape Beacon to port. Pass north of the swinging moorings and Cowes Breakwater. Small vessels up to 20m in length may use the Eastern Channel.
All vessels approaching Cowes should do so at a safe speed, maintain a good lookout and give full consideration to other vessels, many of which are manned by inexperienced crews.
There is a nearby fuel berth, just 200 metres south of the Chain Ferry underneath the large hammerhead crane. The Cowes Harbour Services Fuel Berth is open seven days a week, providing easy, deep water access and competitively priced fuel.