Isle of Man - south & west

Overview

The area described on this page is covered by the following Admiralty charts:

1411 Irish Sea Western Part 1:200,000
1826 Irish Sea Eastern Part 1:200,000
2094 Kirkcudbright to Mull of Galloway and Isle Of Man 1:100,000
2696 Plans in the Isle Of Man* 1:25,000

* Includes Douglas Bay, Ramsey Bay, Castletown Bay including Derbyhaven, Calf Sound, Peel, Port Erin and Bay Ny Carrickey in which Port St Mary lies)

The area described on this page is covered by the following Imray Charts:

Y70 Isle Of Man  
C62 Irish Sea (covers the entire costs described in the Cruising Notes) Chart C62: Irish Sea (Imray Charts: Home...

Peel

Peel offers a choice of berths, alongside the inner face of the outer breakwater, or attaching to one of the three visitors mooring of the towns beachfront (moorings present in the summer only) or drying out alongside the inner harbours quays. Good sized town, Museum close to harbour, and castle at root of breakwater to explore.

The breakwater and visitors moorings are exposed to any wind from a northerly sector. In the view below the small beacon on the left hand side of the fortification is the southern side of the entrance into the inner harbour.

Within the inner harbour, visitors berth on the outer section of the north quay.

During the autumn of 2003 work is due to commence on a water retention scheme within the Inner Harbour.

Fleshwick Bay

A temporary day time anchorage only. Anchoring in 10 to 11 metres at the mouth of this cover leaves the yacht very exposed to any onshore breeze or seas running. There is reported to be a wartime aircraft lying within the cove.

Port Erin

The conspicuous Corrin’s Tower on the north side of Port Erin Bay is readily identified from seaward.

When approaching Port Erin bear in mind that there is an area delimited by yellow special marks within which trawling is not permitted. Note that there are more yellow special marks than indicated on the charts and that only the northern most, which should lie south of the recommended approach, is lit.

When entering the bay take care to pass north of a green lateral which leads clear of the ruins of a breakwater. Leading lines are provided on a bearing of 099°T. A white tower with red band, behind a white post with red band, and a white triangle painted on a wall.

Two steel mooring buoys are provided for visitors just outside the small drying harbour behind Raglan Pier. Rather than risk your topsides you may prefer to anchor – there is plenty of room (show a riding light) clear of the marine cables shown on the chart. Not recommended in W'ly winds, and uncomfortable with winds from NW and SW.

There is not much space beyond the harbour wall, as shown below it is usually fully occupied by small local boats tethered to the harbour wall.

Provisions may be readily obtained in Port Erin, and there are publics, places to eat and even a nightclub. Near the root of the ruined breakwater is the Isle Of Man Sea Laboratories.

Chicken Rock Lighthouse

Prominent mark, there is clear passage inside (i.e. between Calf and light) in moderate conditions with depths of 25m.

Calf Sound

View of Calf Sound from NW. Kitterland in centre of image, channel to its right, and beacon on Thoulsa.

Chart 2696 is essential for visitors planning to use the sound. Streams through the sound turn N wards at -0145 Liverpool (-0130) Dover, S wards at +0345 Liverpool (+0400 Dover).

Passable with east going tide in light to moderate easterly NE wind.

Port St Mary

Good shelter except in E or SE winds, with choice of berths. Either at root of Alfred Pier, on visitor’s moorings between Little Carrick and Alfred Pier (6) or drying out within inner harbour - views of which are shown below.

Harbour master's office is located at the root of the pier in the left hand image above. Near the harbour is located the Isle of Man Yacht Club, which may be able to provide showers.

General provisions available in town. Fuel can be delivered by tanker.

Castletown

There is a temporary anchorage to seaward of the harbour, but care is needed on the approach due to rocks in the centre of the bay, and rocky ledges extending from the shore.

The image on the left above was taken from the outer breakwater looking in toward the entrance into the harbour proper. Some boats choose to tie up alongside the southern face on the quay on the left of the view. This is shown in  more detail in the second image.

The image above left is the quay often used by visitors in the approach to the foot bridge and harbour proper. Flat bottom and depth gauge. The harbour office is close to the quay - just behind where the dried boat. The office is not permanently manned. Contact phone numbers and details of charges are posted in the window and your are requested to leave details of your boat, crew, home port, expected length of stay, next port extra.

Above image is in the 'middle harbour' looking seaward toward the foot bridge. A no berth sign hangs from the northern quay, in a position where commercial vessels berth from time to time.

Stepping back a bit from the previous image, provides the two views above show the local boats moored in the inner harbour.

For boats without masts, or able to lower there mast there is a further inner harbour, shown below.

Dreswick Point

Even in calm weather overfalls with be found on the east side of this point. The worst may be avoided by passing south of the point and continuing east past the overfalls before turning north toward Douglas.

 

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