Port Solent Marina

Located in the sheltered waters of the northern reaches of historic Portsmouth Harbour, Port Solent is a wonderful destination marina with its modern boatyard and family friendly facilities.

Port Solent Marina began construction in 1984 and was officially opened four years later by HRH Princess Anne on 29 July, 1988.

A safe and secure locked marina, with 430 berths, a boat hoist, slipway and boatshed for storing boats up to 15m, Port Solent is a sheltered haven with 24-hour easy access to the popular cruising grounds of the Solent.

Not just a great place to berth your boat, Port Solent offers a lively and vibrant waterside experience with 17 restaurants, a multiplex cinema, health club, boutique and branded retail shops plus a children’s playground.

Conveniently reached by road and just minutes away from the M27, the M3 and A3, Port Solent has it all, making it a worthy recipient of the Yacht Harbour Association’s Five Gold Anchors Award.

FACILITIES

Port Solent is a family friendly marina that offers great facilities.

Port Solent’s award-winning facilities include luxury toilets and showers, a superstore and chandlery and a retail shopping centre called the Trading Post, which celebrates and shines the spotlight on the UK’s smaller retailers.

Among with 17 restaurants the Port House, located towards the centre of the marina, offers breakfast, lunch and delicious roasts on a Sunday and is where the thriving Port Solent Yacht Club is located.

The club offers membership to Premier berth holders and welcomes visiting yachtsman. The club has an extensive cruising programme and plenty of year round social events at the Port House.

Port Solent is home to 27 businesses, which include a fantastic mix of marine tenants. These companies offer everything from rigging services to marine electronics, cosmetic work, valeting and engineering. There are also two new and used boat sales and the largest Marine Superstore on the south coast.

The marina has its own onsite chandlery, Marine Super Store. It is the largest superstore on the south coast and offers everything from general chandlery supplies to galley goods and specialist items such as fittings and charts.

Port Solent also benefits from extensive storage ashore, coupled with dedicated onsite marine services making Port Solent’s boatyard offering among the best on the South Coast for major boat repairs and routine maintenance.

BERTHING & STORAGE

It is the ideal location for both yachts and powerboats, offering 24-hour easy access to the Solent and beyond. Port Solent offers in-water berthing for 430 boats up to 25m in length.

The marina’s competitively priced annual berthing contracts can be paid for on an annual or monthly basis. Plus, the Freedom of Portsmouth Harbour scheme allows Gosport and Port Solent berth holders to berth at each other’s marina for any length of stay, at no additional cost.

Port Solent’s experienced boatyard team provide year-round lift, high-pressure wash and block-off and re-launch services that include the use of a 40 tonne Wise travel lift and a 1.8 tonne jib crane on top of the Wise for mast work.

As a Premier annual berth holder you are entitled to a minimum of eight weeks free storage ashore.

In August 2016 the build of a self-store facility was completed. The 2500 sq. ft. purpose built facility, located in Port Solent’s indoor boat shed, provides a secure and dry storage solution for berth holders and visitors who wish to stow away sails, outboards and general boat equipment. There are 61 units to choose from, ranging in size from 10 sq ft to 100 sq ft, across three levels and with prices starting from only £10 a week.

ACCESS

Premier’s Port Solent Marina is located in the upper reaches of Portsmouth Harbour. The journey takes you past Portsmouth’s battleships and leads you to Portchester Lake, passing Portchester Castle. This scenic journey takes approximately 30 – 40 minutes.

Out of season beware of many unlit moorings on both sides of the channel.

Port Solent is a locked marina and on arrival at the calling point on pile Green No.78 visitors must call ‘Port Solent’ on VHF Channel 80 and request a lock in. During peak periods Port Solent operate a number system and staff will position vessels in a queue, monitored via VHF Channel 80.

Port Solent is located close to the base of the A3 (M) London to Portsmouth road and is just off Junction 12 of the M27 motorway.

CRUISING

The Solent is a sailing playground on the South Coast of England and the marina is a great start point from which to experience the delights of one of the busiest and most famous sailing areas in the world.

Pop over to Cowes on the Isle of Wight for the day, take a more leisurely cruise to Chichester Harbour or discover the calm waters of Beaulieu River and enjoy a pub lunch at The Master Builder’s House – a favourite meeting spot for yachtsmen.

If you are looking for a great weekend out on the water with spectacular scenery take a cruise along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast to Lulworth Cove. This interesting coastline boasts features such St Aldhelm’s Head and Mupe Bay before you reach the entrance to the beautiful Lulworth Cove; where you can soak up uninterrupted views whilst enjoying homemade cakes and cream teas at the Boat Shed Cafe.

LOCAL EATERIES

Port Solent’s facilities include many different eateries including The Port House. It provides a modern dining experience for those that visit, along with year-round social events in conjunction with Port Solent Yacht Club. All are welcome including dogs.

Plus, on the Boardwalk, there are a variety of restaurants, pubs and cafes to tempt you – from English fare, to Italian comfort food, hot and spicy Mexican to the mouth-watering tastes of Brazil.

THINGS TO DO

Just a stroll away from the marina is the 12th Century Portchester Castle, an impressive historic structure and the best-preserved of all the Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ forts. The castle provides the perfect setting for a relaxed and historic day out.

Feel like walking? Take the four to five mile coastal path walk with panoramic views of Portsmouth Harbour to Portchester Castle; a medieval castle set within the walls of a 3rd century Roman fort.

Or hop on Portsmouth’s Park and Ride service, conveniently located on the M275 entrance and visit Gunwarf Quay’s outlet shopping centre for some retail therapy or stop off at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and journey through centuries of Royal Navy history.

 

PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

“We were in Chichester Marina for 25 years and after a short break in Wales, we have been in Port Solent for the last three years with a 14m motorboat. We really like it there – it is perfect for us. The lock is not a problem as they dredge it every year. The staff are brilliant; always very helpful, with a core team of people.”

John and Diane Brunyate, Jeanneau NC 14

“We have berthed with Premier Marinas at Port Solent since 2002 and seen quite a few changes as the years have ticked along, from improved toilet facilities, the introduction of Premier Hosts and improved bridgeheads. The staff past and current have always made our stay pleasant; everything from using the fuel pontoon or transiting the lock and helping with lines when shorthanded or simply a cheeky chat along the way!”

Alistair and Carol McKenzie, Sailboat

If I had not come to Port Solent, I would have given up sailing. We were on a swinging mooring in Portchester creek and came to the marina on a six month winter package to see what it was like. We have now been at Port Solent for two-and-a-half years and go out every week. Staff are always willing to help – with a can do attitude. My wife does not sail but comes down and enjoys the facilities – for a woman clean toilets are important. It also feels secure – when my grandchildren come to visit, they can come off the boat and use the facilities or visit the playground. Everywhere is really clean and tidy. The restaurants are good – we go to the Harvester a lot. As a package it is very good and overall we would give Port Solent a 5 star rating.

Nigel and Vivienne Phillips, Westerly Pageant

We have been at Port Solent for around 14 to 15 years – we can drive home in 10 minutes. We like the fact that it is peaceful there, with no movement on the water. We have been on J pontoon for the last 11 years and found our neighbours really friendly. Management are also always friendly and we think Port Solent is pretty good value for money.

Terry Gingell, motorboat

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

Port Solent Marina Office
Lock Approach, Portsmouth PO6 4TJ
portsolent@premiermarinas.com
023 9221 0765

 

 

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