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    Default Southampton Waters Speed Limits

    Hi All

    Just have a question regarding the speed limit restrictions in Southampton Waters.

    https://prnt.sc/pgbpes

    From my research using the image above, upstream of the red lines are where there is a 6kt limit. The blue section, all I've found is that ships will be operating at around 10 to 15kts, is that the speed limit or isn't there one?

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    Default Re: Southampton Waters Speed Limits

    If you're aiming to do more than 40kts you have to let the harbourmaster/VTS know

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    Default Re: Southampton Waters Speed Limits

    Quote Originally Posted by SeaWeavers View Post
    Hi All

    Just have a question regarding the speed limit restrictions in Southampton Waters.

    https://prnt.sc/pgbpes

    From my research using the image above, upstream of the red lines are where there is a 6kt limit. The blue section, all I've found is that ships will be operating at around 10 to 15kts, is that the speed limit or isn't there one?
    Yes there is & if you exceed it, you will be doing so directly in full view out of the window of Port Control.

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    Default Re: Southampton Waters Speed Limits

    Quote Originally Posted by scotty123 View Post
    Yes there is & if you exceed it, you will be doing so directly in full view out of the window of Port Control.
    No there is not. Below the red line is limit free, apart from a possible 40knot limit mentioned above, but I have never had a boat capable of that so it's never been a problem
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    Default Re: Southampton Waters Speed Limits

    Quote Originally Posted by CLB View Post
    No there is not. Below the red line is limit free, apart from a possible 40knot limit mentioned above, but I have never had a boat capable of that so it's never been a problem
    Yes there is, upstream (as in OP) of Weston Shelf buoy.

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    Default Re: Southampton Waters Speed Limits

    Quote Originally Posted by scotty123 View Post
    Yes there is, upstream (as in OP) of Weston Shelf buoy.
    I am answering the question in the OP, what question are you answering? Have you looked at the image in the link?
    The answer to the actual question being asked is "no there is not not".
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    Default Re: Southampton Waters Speed Limits

    Quote Originally Posted by CLB View Post
    I am answering the question in the OP, what question are you answering? Have you looked at the image in the link?
    The answer to the actual question being asked is "no there is not not".
    Nearly the right answer to the actual question.

    The speed limit to the Hamble extends to pile number 1 which is further to the SW than the red line indicates.

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    Default Re: Southampton Waters Speed Limits

    Quote Originally Posted by CLB View Post
    No there is not. Below the red line is limit free, apart from a possible 40knot limit mentioned above, but I have never had a boat capable of that so it's never been a problem
    It is 40 knots below the red line - Have to keep an eye on the speed

    http://www.southamptonvts.co.uk/admi...%20No%2057.pdf

    This came into effect after the Vector Martini powerboat crash

    https://www.mby.com/news/vector-powe...hospital-47241

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    Default Re: Southampton Waters Speed Limits

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian h View Post
    It is 40 knots below the red line - Have to keep an eye on the speed

    http://www.southamptonvts.co.uk/admi...%20No%2057.pdf

    This came into effect after the Vector Martini powerboat crash

    https://www.mby.com/news/vector-powe...hospital-47241
    Just a thought Ian and not disagreeing with you, but you have to see the notice above for what it is, which is a legally clumsy purported rule which is actually not a rule of law, and an inappropriate threat of prosecution by a trigger happy collection of civil servants (whose trigger happiness Iíve had to deal with before). There are lots of detailed points but a failure to pre notify VTS of a planned 40kt trip can legally never constitute a breach of Colreg 6. Sure guys ASK us to pre-notify, but how dare you threaten law-abiding citizens with prosecution for not doing so.

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    Default Re: Southampton Waters Speed Limits

    This thread brings back interesting memories.
    If you don't mind a slight o/t, I have a couple of questions on the map below for you folks who know the place much better than myself.
    1) was the rule the same, back in 2009?
    2) the bridge on the Itchen visible on the map near Woolston, is it the last one, or are there any others further South?

    The reason why I'm asking is that back in 2009 I bought a boat from a chap who kept her in Drivers Wharf, and when we went out for the sea trial I remember to have asked him (who was helming) about any speed limit, while he was accelerating well before going under a large bridge, and he just said "naah".
    We were well above 40kts by then, and we reached her max speed (60+) very shortly.
    I very much doubt that we even went South enough to reach the red line.....

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