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  • Marina: has pontoon access, with a minimum set of facilities (toilet, shower, water, and electricity)
  • Port: a large man-made harbour offering shelter from poor weather with a quay for loading or unloading, may have a marina inside.
  • Harbour: a man-made or natural shelter from poor weather, may have a marina, pontoons, a jetty, quay or buoys inside.
  • Quay/Pier: a solid stone structure used to load or unload, a pier or breakwater extends into the sea.
  • Jetty: a wooden structure projecting into the sea that may float with the tide and be secured by vertical piles.
  • Buoys: a small or large collection of buoys within a harbour, river, bay, or cove.
  • Anchorage: a river, bay, cove or channel with history of anchoring. Changing conditions may mean anchorages are not suitable.

  • Visitors: Many marinas and harbours openly accept and welcome visiting craft. However, some ports and harbours are focused on fishing or commercial activities and do not normally welcome visitors, and certainly do not provide any facilities for them.
  • Visitor Location: Many marinas and harbours have a dedicated location for visiting craft either to wait on arrival before being given a mooring or a dedicated visitor mooring area.
  • Tidal Access: Many marinas and harbours can only be accessed at few hours either side of high-tide. The marina or harbour may be behind a tidal gate or tidal sill or dry out at low-tide.
  • Tidal Drying: At low-tide a marina, harbour, river or bay may dry out completely or partially. When partially some part may be in shallow water while other parts are dry.
  • Length (max): The maximum overall length of boats that are accepted into a marina or harbour.
  • Depth (max): The maximum draft of boats that can enter a marina, harbour or river.
    • Less than 1.4m.
    • Less than 2.0m, more than 1.4m.
    • More than 2.0m.
  • Berths (number): The total number of boats that the harbour or marina can accommodate.
    • Small: fewer than 50 berths.
    • Medium: fewer than 150 berths.
    • Large: more than 150 berths.
  • Dry berths (number): The total number of boats that can be accommodated out of the water.
  • Buoys (number): The total number of buoys in a mooring field.
  • Ramp: A hard platform, usually concrete, that extends from the dockside into the water allowing a trailor to be rolled down under a boat and back out to remove the boat from the water.
  • Lifting Crane: An alternative to a ramp that uses straps that pass under the boat and are used to hoist the boat out of the water onto a tailor or into dry-dock storage.
  • Disruptions: Temporary closures or changes to normal operations due to damage, storms, pandemics or other disruptions.

  • Electricity: The availability of shore-side power within reach of the mooring berth.
  • Water: The availability of shore-side fresh water within reach of the mooring berth.
  • Toilets: Toilet and basin facilities within a short walk of the berth.
  • Showers: Shower facilities within a short walk of the berth.
  • Wifi: The availability of a wifi connection from the berth.
  • Laundry: Facilities for washing and drying clothes within the marina area.
  • Chandlery: A shop or store selling marine equipment and materials within a short walk of the marina.
  • Supermarket: A small or large grocery store selling fresh and shelved produce for provisioning.
  • Diesel: A fuel station, or tanker, or nearby service station selling diesel.
  • Petrol: A fuel station, or tanker, or nearby service station selling petrol.

  • VHF Channel: The primary VHF radio channel used to contact the marina or harbour.
  • Phone: A contact telephone number for the marina or harbour.
  • eMail: A contact email address for the marina or harbour.
  • Website: A public website address for the marina or harbour.

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