The approach to Ramsgate harbour is from the East via a well marked buoyed channel, there is a yacht tract to the south of the port hand buoys with a holding ground to the south of the southern breakwater if you need to wait before you can enter the harbour.
The tide sets across the harbour entrance in a NE'ly/SW'ly direction, with the north going tide running from about 1½ hours to HW to 4 hours after HW.
Ramsgate Port Control should be contacted on VHF Ch.14 on approaching and before leaving the port (manned 24 hrs). Ramsgate Marina staff and the Dock Office (for berthing information) may be contacted on VHF Ch.80 whilst in the Royal Harbour. For lock gate information contact the Dock Office on VHF Channel 14.
During the summer period the marina staff will allocate a suitable berth for you.
Signal Lights on the East Pier Control movements in and Out of the Royal Harbour and in the Approach Channel.
Signal lights at the Dock Office control movement in and out of the Inner Marina.
THREE VERTICAL RED LIGHTS - Indicate that a vessel may not enter the approach channel or the inner marina, or leave the outer harbour.
THREE VERTICAL GREEN LIGHTS - Indicate that a vessel may enter the approach channel or the inner marina, or leave the inner marina or the outer harbour.
FLASHING ORANGE LIGHT Indicates a ferry movement in progress, no vessel should enter the approach channel or leave the Royal Harbour.
FREQUENT MOVEMENTS OF LARGE VESSELS TAKE PLACE AND SMALL CRAFT ARE ADVISED TO KEEP WELL CLEAR OF SUCH TRAFFIC.
INNER MARINA - The gate is open for approximately 2 hours either side of high water (subject to height of tide). A red and yellow flag by day and a single green light by night indicate that the gate is open.
For the latest information on depths please contact the port authority