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Goathorn Point

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Goathorn Point is located on the south coast of England and on the southern shores of Poole Harbour. It offers an anchorage in a pleasant rural setting.

Located deep within England’s most extensive natural harbour it offers good protection in most conditions. In developed situations, it can be somewhat exposed to the open harbour and the surrounding hills can send down gusts that channel their way up the tributaries. This can become particularly uncomfortable in wind over tide conditions. Access is straightforward in almost all reasonable conditions, night or day, and for the majority of boats at all stages of the tide.
Please note

The anchorage tends to gut busy during the season and especially so during fine summer weekends. No landings are permitted at Goathorn Point.




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Keyfacts for Goathorn Point
Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.


Considerations
Restriction: landing not recommended, possible or permitted hereNote: can get overwhelmed by visiting boats during peak periods


Nature
Anchoring locationQuick and easy access from open waterNavigation lights to support a night approachRemote or quiet secluded location
Facilities
(None)


Last modified
March 16th 2017; suggest a correction?

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Now Force

Summary* Restrictions apply

A good location with straightforward access.

LWS draught

2.5 metres (8.2 feet).

Today's tide estimates

LW 05:54 (0.3m) HW 11:01 (2.4m)
LW 18:12 (0.2m) HW 23:23 (2.4m)
Now approaching Neaps

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Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.


Considerations
Restriction: landing not recommended, possible or permitted hereNote: can get overwhelmed by visiting boats during peak periods


Nature
Anchoring locationQuick and easy access from open waterNavigation lights to support a night approachRemote or quiet secluded location
Facilities
(None)


Last modified
March 16th 2017; suggest a correction?

Position and approaches
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Haven position

50° 40.749' N, 001° 59.060' W

This is in South Deep about 500 metres northwest of Goathorn Point.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in the westbound Route location or eastbound Route location sequenced 'Selsey Bill to Start Point' coastal description. Entry into Poole Harbour and the run up to Poole are covered in the Poole Town Quay Click to view haven entry.

  • Check that there is sufficient water in the approaches.

  • Branch off the main channel after the No.14 Port buoy located in the entrance off the southeast corner of Brownsea Island and follow the ample marks.



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Try our Advanced Havens Search tool to find locations with the specific attributes you need, or click the 'Next', coastal clockwise, or 'Previous', coastal anti-clockwise, buttons to progress through neighbouring havens. Below are the ten nearest havens to Goathorn Point for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Brownsea Island - 0.9 miles N
  2. Port of Poole Marina - 1.7 miles N
  3. Shipstal Point - 1.7 miles WNW
  4. Salterns Marina - 1.9 miles NE
  5. Poole Quay Boat Haven - 1.9 miles N
  6. Poole Town Quay - 2 miles N
  7. Parkstone Yacht Club - 2.1 miles NNE
  8. Lake Yard Marina - 2.4 miles NW
  9. Cobb's Quay - 2.5 miles NNW
  10. Studland Bay - 2.7 miles SE
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Brownsea Island - 0.9 miles N
  2. Port of Poole Marina - 1.7 miles N
  3. Shipstal Point - 1.7 miles WNW
  4. Salterns Marina - 1.9 miles NE
  5. Poole Quay Boat Haven - 1.9 miles N
  6. Poole Town Quay - 2 miles N
  7. Parkstone Yacht Club - 2.1 miles NNE
  8. Lake Yard Marina - 2.4 miles NW
  9. Cobb's Quay - 2.5 miles NNW
  10. Studland Bay - 2.7 miles SE
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence


How to get in?
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Goathorn Point is a thickly wooded finger of land that is flanked by the marshy inlets of Poole Harbour’s southern shore and its smaller islands to the west. Bordered by woods and farmland, it is lies in a natural and sequestered setting close to the harbour entrance. It provides anchoring locations, off the channel fairway, with 2 metres of water or more.

Approaches through Poole Bay and Harbour provide drafts of no less than 6 metres CD. After branching off the main channel there is a short distance with a least depth of 1.2 CD before the deeper waters of South Deep can be obtained. It is advisable to check the state of tide to confirm that there is sufficient draft in the approaches. Vessels carrying a draft of up to 1.7 metres should expect to be able to enter and leave at low water.




Convergance Point Entry into Poole Harbour is covered in the Poole Town Quay Click to view haven entry.

After the No.14 buoy, FI.R.5s, round the lit north cardinal buoy, Q, situated to the north of Stone Island. Then steer to pass the No.1 Green pile beacon, FI.R.5s, to port. This opens up access to Blood Alley Lake and South Deep.

The first marks of South Deep, marked by port and starboard light-beacons, will be seen 400 metres southward of the No.1 Green Pile beacon. This area, between No.1 and South Deep, has the shallowest water with a least depth of 1.2 CD.

Once in South Deep, the channel then deepens as it meanders its way along the mainland passing between Goathorn Point and Furzey Island, then Cleavel Point and Green Island and onward to fork into the Wych Channel. In addition to lit beacons there are leading lights, on an alignment of 305°, on the southeast side of Furzey Island that leads into the commercial slip on the island.




Haven location Anchor according to draft and conditions anywhere from the entrance to South Deep up to Cleavel Point and beyond. Stay clear of the fairway, moorings and clearly marked oyster beds. Harbour cruise boats and the oil worker’s ferries, supporting the oil rig on Furzey Island, frequently use this channel so it is important not to anchor in a fashion that might obstruct the fairway. Anchoring is prohibited in the vicinity of an underwater cables, well charted and marked by shore beacons, laid between Furzey and Green Islands and the mainland. All is soft mud in the creek so if you do touch little harm will come of it. The harbour’s deep cloying black mud offers excellent holding.
Please note

This can get all over foredeck when departing so it is advisable to have a bucket of water and brush to hand when weighing anchor.






Goathorn is somewhat sheltered by the harbour islands but it can be uncomfortable when a contrary wind and tide sets the boat dancing. This can be avoided by getting in out of the channel and away from the full run of the tide. Its most exposed wind direction is northeast round to east where, at high tide, a fetch of a 1.5 miles can be created. The best anchorages are to be found in the reach between Cleavel and Goathorn points, particularly so in its southern end.




Landing is not permitted at Goathorn point but it is possible to land at high water on the beautiful rustic shore that overlooks Newtown Bay south of Cleavel Point. Newton Bay’s central marsh divides its channels east and west. The western channel runs close along the southern shore making it possible to land by dinghy. This can only be availed of at high water as at low water all is mud.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities at this remote and sequestered anchorage.


With thanks to:
John Binder CMM Poole Quay Boat Haven & Port of Poole Marina manager. Photography with thanks to Michael Harpur.


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