The marina, located in Poole, Dorset, enjoys the sheltered waters of Europe’s largest natural harbour. With outstanding on-site facilities and a fantastic location, Salterns Marina provides easy access to explore Poole Harbour, Sandbanks, the picturesque Jurassic Coast and more.
FACILITIES & BERTHS
Saltern’s on-site chandlery is fully stocked all year round and is open seven days a week, offering an extensive range of equipment, accessories, clothing and refreshments, incorporating the coffee shop where you can sit overlooking the marina and Poole Harbour.
In addition to being a 275 berth marina with full marina facilities, Salterns Marina supplies engineering services, boat and engine sales, parts and accessories, repairs and services both to the leisure and commercial sectors, locally and globally.
This industry leading business includes Salterns Marina, Salterns Brokerage, Salterns Boatyard, Offshore Performance and Golden Arrow Marine.
- 275 marina berths including visiting berths
- Berths available up to 23 metres LOA
- 88 Versadocks
- 75 swinging moorings lying within the sheltered waters close to Poole Harbour’s entrance and Brownsea Island. Accessible at all states of tide
- Free marina launch service available seven days a week
- 24 hour access with no tidal restrictions
- Knowledgeable staff with 24 hour manning and secure car parking
- Modern shower facilities
- Fully serviced boatyard and repair facility with 45-tonne travel hoist and capability to take on minor running repairs through to major refits
- On-site chandlery and coffee shop
- 24 hour fuel (petrol and diesel)
- On-site hotel and restaurant
- Exclusive benefits and events for annual berth holders
- Salterns Brokerage and boat sales services and UK dealers of Sealegs Amphibious Craft.
By Sea: Passage into Poole Harbour is via the narrow entrance with the Sandbanks chain ferry plying its way back and forth, she has right of way over all vessels not carrying a pilot. Care must be exercised in the vicinity of the chain ferry, which should always be passed astern. It is seamanlike to use your engine and not attempt to sail this busy entrance where the tides can run extremely hard on the ebb, sometimes approaching 4.5kn at Springs.
Once inside the entrance, proceed toward Brownsea Castle, which should be on the bow, keeping close by North Haven point of the Sandbanks peninsula. Keep a look out for the Westerly cardinal at North Haven, make a bold alteration from north westerly to north easterly as you pass the cardinal, which will lead you to the beginning of the North Channel from ‘Bell buoy’ south cardinal that should be left to Port.
Continuing along the well-lit, buoyed channel for a little over 1nm will bring you to the entrance of Salterns Marina. Be aware that outside of the well-defined channels lie many shallow areas, albeit predominantly very soft.
By Road: Poole is well signposted once in Dorset. On arrival in Poole, follow the brown tourism signs for the beaches and Sandbanks. The marina is situated in Lilliput and is sign posted from the Lilliput shops.
Poole is one of the world’s largest natural harbours. This great expanse of sheltered water provides the perfect conditions for cruising, sailing and watersports. Salterns Marina overlooks Brownsea Island and the Purbeck Hills beyond. For mariners it is the perfect location; ideal for pottering around Poole Harbour, The Jurassic Coast, Studland, Swanage Bay or exploring further afield into the Solent, West Country, Isle of Wight or France.
One of their favourite cruises is the berth holder’s trip to The Hut at Colwell Bay, Isle of Wight for lunch with the option of staying overnight in Yarmouth. RIBs and smaller craft can easily anchor off the front of The Hut. Alternatively, continue to Yarmouth and take a short taxi ride back to the restaurant. Boats are requested to anchor before the white marker buoys. If you choose to stay overnight in Yarmouth, you can begin the next day with a leisurely cruise of The Solent then on to Beaulieu River where you can relax and explore by boat or on foot.
There is a good choice of dining in walking distance from Salterns Marina including Salterns Hotel & Restaurant where you can dine with panoramic harbour views. If fiery Thai cuisine takes your fancy, Koh Thai is recommended, also a brief walk from the marina. Or enjoy some old fashioned Fish & Chips from T&Js. Alternatively Poole, Sandbanks and Bournemouth are all a short taxi ride away.
THINGS TO DO
Located on the beautiful South Coast of England, in the historic county of Dorset and close to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Salterns Marina is in a breath-taking location.
With nearby Brownsea and Furzey Islands and 110 miles of harbour coastline, there are plenty of quiet spots where you can anchor up and spot an abundance of wildlife.
Salterns Marina has an interesting past. Dating back to the 1700s when the site was active in salt-making, hence the name ‘Salterns’, its history is also linked to pottery making. There has been a yacht club on the site since 1935, and during the war years from 1943 – 1948 the site was used as the Flying Boat Headquarters and was Britain’s only international airport. Famous passengers included film stars, royalty and Sir Winston Churchill. In 1969 the Smith family (of Matchbox Cars) purchased the business and went on to develop the marina as you see it today.
Robert Golden, or ‘Goldie’ as he is known to staff and customers throughout the marina, has been at Salterns for almost six years following a long established military career in the Royal Marines reaching the rank of Warrant Officer. Goldie’s encyclopedic knowledge of all things maritime ensures that all our berth holders are looked after to the highest standard. The ultimate seaman, ‘Goldie’ is at home on all manner of water craft big and small.
“I have been with Salterns since June 2012 and I presently have a Fairline Phantom 48. I have always loved being at Salterns as it is the best located marina, with the best facilities and the staff are more like friends, as nothing is too much trouble. My favourite boating has to be the Jurassic coast around to Chapmans Pool, taking in Winspit along the way. One of the qualities about the marina that suits me is that it is situated at the end of the spur road, which means I can be on board within 25 minutes of leaving home at Ringwood. Because of the location of Salterns I have access to all the major beaches within 15 minutes of leaving the marina.” Steven Randall, 56
“We have berthed at Salterns since June 2018 and we are now on our third boat. Having done our powerboat courses more than five years ago we purchased our first boat, a Stingray RX180 speedboat and had it delivered to Salterns. We had a few sweaty palm moments berthing it. On a couple of occasions Salterns staff rushed to the rescue and gave us some much needed confidence and coaching. Having got the bug we took the Salterns coach trip to the boat show and returned with a new Bayliner Ciera 8 which was given a new berth. We then made another purchase at this year’s boat show and we now have a Sealine S330. The highlight of 2019 was the Salterns trip to The Hut, during which we were lucky enough to have Goldie and Lucy as crew. Tracey took the helm both ways and some superb coaching from Goldie saw Tracey’s confidence and skill level reach a new high. Salterns staff are exceptional and nothing is too much trouble whether it is help refuelling, choosing accessories in the chandlery or just getting advice about where to head out with the day’s forecasted weather. We also feel there are a number of other like-minded boaters at Salterns which we like. We have done Lulworth Cove, Studland, Wareham and our highlight has been the Isle of Wight. We also just love anchoring up at Furzey. Salterns is not too big, so you do quickly make new friends and we also like its location, most of all the staff take an interest in us and our boat.” David and Tracey Chanin, 55