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  1. #1
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    Default Anchoring at Margate

    Planing a passage from Bradwell to Nieuwport this weekend.

    I am looking to break the journey on Sunday evening either in Ramsgate or anchoring at Margate just outside the harbour so that I stay afloat. Winds are expected to be light from S/SW.

    Anybody know if anchoring at Margate is doable?

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    Default Re: Anchoring at Margate

    I don't see why not, but perhaps a little more sheltered E of the harbour in Palm Bay, W of the Longnose. Never done either myself. Bottom is pretty hard sand, I imagine, plus areas of chalk - haven't got a chart here to look at.
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    Default Re: Anchoring at Margate

    I have always had it in mind as a possibility, don't see why not but never actually done it. Let us know how you get on

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    Default Re: Anchoring at Margate

    Personally I would just straight for ramsgate and wouldn’t even consider anchoring at Margate , but then I like to go ashore for a meal & a pint etc etc

    But it’s yr choice at the end of the day

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    Default Re: Anchoring at Margate

    Ended up in Ramsgate. Wind is picking up tonight so anchoring outside Margate didn't sound very appealing. I might try it one day if the winds are calm.

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    Default Re: Anchoring at Margate

    Quote Originally Posted by Gitane View Post
    Ended up in Ramsgate. Wind is picking up tonight so anchoring outside Margate didn't sound very appealing. I might try it one day if the winds are calm.
    Thanks for update, I've often thought about anchoring up the inside of the Margate Sands in settled weather and was interested to know how it went. Good call on the weather this time, enjoy Ramsgate!

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    Default Re: Anchoring at Margate

    I did once a number of years ago on a windless day to avoid motoring against a fierce spring tide from NF to Ramsgate. Was buzzed by Jetskis continually but the Navy was not even around to warn them off.

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    Default Re: Anchoring at Margate

    Done it a couple of times on a chums boat to go ashore for fish and chips. Just off the harbour walls in suitable conditions.
    Tried anchoring at Herne Bay for cake (you can see our priorities) but dragged inside the harbour; outside just on other side of pier was OK

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    Default Re: Anchoring at Margate

    Been there, done that thing.

    As the Admiralty Pilot meant to say: ‘Anchorage off Margate must be prompted by necessity and not by any hope of tranquility !’

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