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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.

Boat moorings

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 craft

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. 

There is a chart of the harbour on Admiralty chart SC3315. Visitors should contact the harbour staff when planning their passage to confirm depth available:

Phone:01308 423222

Mobile: 07870240636

Radio: VHF channel 16, working channel 11

Boat and trailer parking

Bridport harbour operates a large boat park to the rear of the George Hotel. The boat park is a secure compound with CCTV and an electronic key fob entry system.

The park holds approximately 70 boats and has a short waiting list. Contact the Harbourmaster to be added to the waiting list.

There is a large area at the top of the slipway for people launching on the slipway to store their trailer. The slipway area will store approximately 100 trailers.

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday, 8am to 6pm in the summer season.


Harbour facilities include:

  • 10 metre wide slipway where you can launch at any state of the tide into 0.75 metres of water. Please note that launching with south easterly winds can be difficult so you should check with the harbour staff when these occur as the slipway could be closed
  • pontoons for passenger landing, loading and unloading boats launched on the slipway and for leaving your boat overnight 
  • shelter in the outer harbour for vessels with 0.75 metre draft at all states of the tide
  • power and water for visiting vessels
  • wash off area for divers

Harbour dues and charges

The harbour dues and charges (pdf, 19kb) (opens in a new window) for 2018-2019 come into effect on 1 April 2018.

Bridport harbour users group

Read the minutes from the Bridport Harbour user group meeting (pdf, 80kb) (opens in a new window) held at The Salt House, West Bay on 23 October 2017.

West Bay flood defence

View the West Bay flood defence update (pdf, 3Mb) (opens in a new window) for information on the presentation shown at the harbour consultation meeting held in October 2016.

Safety and waste management

The ​ Port Marine Operations Plan (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window)​ was drawn up to comply with the Port Marine Safety Code. There is also a  Port Waste Management Plan (pdf, 496kb) (opens in a new window).

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