Falmouth is one of the largest natural deep water harbours in the world and a busy commercial port as well as a popular leisure cruising destination. With easy 24 hour access and numerous marinas and moorings, Falmouth provides a perfect base for exploring the Cornish coast and the Isles of Scilly as well as an enjoyable stopover on a West Country cruise. It is also a good departure point for the Channel Islands, Brittany and Biscay passages and many sailors attempting world record breaking voyages have made Falmouth their base, most notably Dame Ellen MacArthur.
Facilities for spares and repairs are excellent in Falmouth, with a good selection of marine services, and Superyachts are also well catered for. The High Street offers a wide range of shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants so all manner of supplies are available and there is plenty to see and do ashore. Exploring the miles of creeks and quiet anchorages nearby is also recommended, where you will find pretty villages and unique waterside pubs to tempt you away from your boat.
Navigation & Pilotage Notes
Please Note: Navigation and pilotage notes are provided for general information only and it is essential to use up to date charts and pilotage information for navigation purposes.
Falmouth Harbour is accessible 24 hours a day in any weather. The approach is straightforward with Black Rock the main hazard situated in the middle of the entrance to the Estuary well marked by a lit beacon and a lit East Cardinal Buoy.
Falmouth is a commercial port and leisure craft should not impede large vessels restricted in their ability to manoeuvre.
Beware of shallow water outside the buoyed channels in places.
The approach to the Visitors Yacht Haven is dredged to 1.5m below Chart Datum and is very well marked using large orange triangular leading marks.
There is a speed limit of 8 knots in Falmouth Inner Harbour and the Penryn River and 5 knots in St Mawes.
Admiralty Easytide provides tidal predictions for Falmouth for the next 7 days.