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 Cork Harbour (Crosshaven and Cobh) - Profile

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Cork Harbour is a natural harbour and river estuary at the mouth of the River Lee in County Cork, Ireland. It is one of the largest natural harbours in the world by navigational area, very much like Halifax Harbour in Canada and Poole Harbour in England.

This area of sheltered water dotted with islands has a moderately wide entrance with shallow water in the middle, opening out into a large expanse of water and shoreline varying from beautiful woodland, picturesque waterfronts to power plants.

Position 51° 46.580' N, 008° 15.460' W (harbour entrance waypoint)

Clearance

This is a Port of Entry.

See the Noonsite/Ireland/formalities page for full details for clearance.

Customs and Immigration officials can be contacted through the marina offices.

Docking

Keep a good look out when transiting this very busy harbour as even large commercial vessels can travel at speed here.

Most visiting yachts make for the facilities in Crosshaven as it is the closest to the entrance of Cork Harbour (on the Owenboy River about 12 miles from Cork City) and has three marinas and a pier (very busy in summer).

However, there are other marinas to be found in this large harbour, either up the East Passage to Cobh (pronounced. “Cove”) or the West Passage to Cork City itself where there is a 150m yacht pontoon at Custom House Quay, just below the Michael Connolly bridge.

A welcome addition is the new Cork Harbour Marina, in Monkstown Bay opposite the Cork Dockyard.

This harbour is full of small boat clubs, so every available anchoring spot is littered with small boat moorings. Beyond Crosshaven, further up the Owenboy River, you might find a spot to anchor among the moorings. There may be more space up the East Passage beyond the East Ferry Marina, although a strong current runs here (see comment below by cruiser who succesfully anchors here).

The problem with anchoring is finding a place to land the dinghy. Much of the shore dries to mud and it is likely your anchoring spot will be pretty isolated.

Last updated August 2016.

Cork City Harbour Master
Tel:+353 21 4273 125 ,VHF Channel 12, 14, 16
Call for berthing information.
Cork City Marina
Tel:+353 21 4273125 / +353 21 4530466 (outside office hours) Fax:+353 21 427 6484
Located at the South Custom House Quay in the heart of Cork City. A long pontoon designed to be used primarily for day trips or short term stays in the City. Maximum stay 6 nights. Power and water on the pontoon. Shower, toilet , pool and spa facilities at the Clarion Hotel (150m) for 5 euro/person.
Cork Harbour Marina (Monkstown Marina)
Location 51° 50' 40" N , 8° 19' 57" W ,
The Strand Road, Monkstown , Co Cork
Tel:+353 (087) 3669009
New 90 berth marina. Short walk from Passage West with all amenities.
All facilities, chandlery, repair services. Max. length 17m. Restaurants and pubs close by.
Bus Service to Passage, Douglas and Cork City
Crosshaven Boatyard Marina
Crosshaven , Co Cork Ireland
Tel:+353(0)21 483 1161 Fax:+353(0)21 483 1603 ,VHF Channel 16/M
Situated on safe and sheltered river 12 miles from Cork City. 100 berth marina for yachts up to 35m LOA with 4m draft. All facilities. Boatyard with 40 ton travel lift and extensive repair facilities including swaging press. Limited chandlery.
East Ferry Marina
Marina Office (Marlogue Inn) , Cobh, Co Cork , Ireland
Tel:+353 (0)21 481 1342 / +353 21 4813390 Fax:+352 (0)21 481 1342 ,VHF Channel 80
This is a secluded marina tucked away up East Passage to the east of Cobh and north of Gold Point.
Facilities include toilets, water, electricity, fuel berth. Showers by arrangement.
All tide access, but take note of the strong tidal streams. Call in advance for a berth. VHF signal unreliable.
Port Ops
Tel:+353 21 4811 380 ,VHF Channel 12,14,16
Cork Harbour radio. Information on ship movements.
Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina
Crosshaven , Co Cork , Ireland
Tel:+ 353 21 4831023/0872 449471 Fax:+353 21 483 1586 ,VHF Channel 37
Call in advance or, if arriving outside normal hours (9am to 9pm in season), berth at the Visitors' berths at the western end of the marina, and report your arrival to the Bar.
All facilities, fuel, clubhouse with restaurant and bar, haulout, shore storage, repairs.
The Club extends a warm welcome to members of reciprocal clubs worldwide.
Salve Marine
Crosshaven , Cork , Ireland
Tel:+353 21 4831145 Fax:+353 (0)21 4831747 ,VHF Channel 10
Lying within a few hundred metres from village centre, Salve Marine accommodates yachts up to 50m and 4m draft. Swinging and pontoon moorings available.
Visitor's berths, all facilities, fuel, chandlery. Boatyard with wide range of repair facilities including rigging.

Yacht Clubs

Royal Cork Yacht Club
Crosshaven , Co Cork, Ireland
Tel:+353 21 483 1023 Fax:+ 353 21 483 1586 ,VHF Channel 16/M
One of the oldest yacht club in the world, established in 1720. Visitors from reciprocal clubs welcome. It is recommended to contact the Club in advance of arrival.
Accessible and well sheltered in all weather conditions.
conolan
conolan says:
Aug 18, 2016 01:03 PM

East Ferry Marina - the pub has been closed for several years. An alternative is the pub/restaurant on the east side of the channel. There are very strong tides here, but I have successfully anchored in 12m several times near the old jetty. Good holding. One can land on the old jetty in all tides, but it's not suitable for long stays. Lots of small fishing boats use the jetty.

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