With its abundant marine wildlife, safe anchorage points and access to further flung coastal destinations, Hayling Island is a Mecca for motor boat enthusiasts.
The island boasts a number of marinas that can service the needs of the day boater or touring sailor with short and long stay mooring options available. Likewise, if you are just launching for the day then a variety of access points and slipways are available for the public to use.
Hayling is steeped in maritime history and in recent years the motor boating fraternity has taken the island to its heart. It is now a familiar sight to see all type of ocean going craft chugging in and out of the harbour entrances and along the sea front.
RIBS, day boats and luxury cruisers all make Hayling Island a port of call.
On calm days it is possible to come close to shore along the sea front and use your craft as a diving platform – and hopefully catch a bit of sun on a summer’s day too! Be observant of the speed restrictions close to shore, which come into effect 300 yards from land, and respectful of other water users.
There are numerous picnic and mooring points all around Hayling that can give seclusion and peaceful surroundings even during the busiest days of summer. If bigger adventures are more your thing then Hayling Island is the perfect base for sojourns across to France, the Isle of Wight, the rest of the south coast and even further afield.
Getting it right with the tide is key to having a successful boating trip. At low water it is nearly impossible to bring big motor craft into the waters of north Hayling. But when the tide is in flood you can make it all the way up to the main bridge onto the island – perhaps mooring up next to either The Ship or Royal Oak pubs. Just make sure you finish in enough time to make it back to open water!
- Marinas and moorings are available on Hayling – call for rates and information.
- Understand tides and know tide times if planning on exploring Langstone and Chichester Harbours.
- Observe and understand channel buoy markers and deep water routes.
- Obtain weather forecast information before embarking on your journey