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Bridport (West Bay) Harbour

Bridport (West Bay) Harbour is 15 miles west of Dorchester at the western end of Chesil Beach. It was important in the 19th Century for shipbuilding and for exporting rope and nets. It is now mainly used by locals but following major improvements to the harbour entrance, fishing vessels and leisure craft are visiting once again.

The harbour has 115 drying moorings with the majority let for private use. There are 15 commercial moorings for either fishing vessels or passenger vessels carrying fewer than 12 people. At the moment the waiting list for a mooring stands at 80.

Visiting fishing boats and commercial vessels can berth by the East Pier.

Visiting leisure craft can berth against the pontoon that has been provided, which runs up through the middle of the harbour.  A second pontoon was installed in April 2009.

There is a chart of the harbour on Admiralty chart SC3315. All visitors wishing to visit West Bay should contact the harbour staff when planning their passage to confirm depth available. Please call 01308 423222, mobile 07870240636, VHF channel 16, working channel 11.

There is still a swell in southerly or south easterly winds particularly on the west side of the harbour. The inner harbour with the exception of the deep-water berth dries out but swell is much reduced in all conditions here. Please contact harbour staff for further details.

The harbour is generally manned from 8am to 6pm seven days a week in the summer season. The harbour staff can be contacted on channel 16 during this time, the working channel is 11. 

The major coastal defence and harbour improvement scheme was completed in March 2005 providing a new outer harbour.

The improvements include:

  • a 10 metre wide slipway where you can launch at any state of the tide into 0.75 metre of water. Please note that launching with south easterly winds can be difficult so when these occur please check with harbour staff as the slipway could be closed
  • a pontoon for passenger landing and for loading and unloading boats launched on the slipway has been provided
  • shelter in the outer harbour for vessels with 0.75 metre draft at all states of the tide
  • power and water for visiting vessels is available and extra facilities such as showers are planned

Due to the increase in demand of the new slipway and operations of West Bay a further 50-metre pontoon was installed in April 2007. Due to the popularity of this and the demand for launched vessels wishing to stay in overnight, a second 40-metre pontoon was installed in April 2009, allowing vessels the opportunity to leave their boat in overnight.

Other planned work which took place in April 2009 was a wash off area for divers, which includes a bath to wash off kit before taking it home and an outside shower for cleaning suits.

Bridport Harbour Users Group

Here you can read the minutes (pdf, 97kb) (opens in a new window) from the recent Bridport Harbour Users Group meeting held at The Salt House, West Bay on 24th October 2016.

West Bay Deep Water Berth

For information on the presentation shown at the harbour consultation meeting held in October 2016 please have a look at the West Bay Deep Water Berth project update. (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

West Bay Flood Defence

For information on the presentation shown at the harbour consultation meeting held in October 2016 please have a look at the West Bay Flood Defence Update (pdf, 3Mb) (opens in a new window).

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