Motor Boating in Fowey:
on a Hardy Family Pilot
sailing, leisure and navigational information about the Harbour, see the Fowey Harbour Commissioners website.
Fowey harbour is
not only a perfect
location for sailing, it also has a very great deal to offer
motor boaters. There are facilities and moorings all
around the harbour and up the river past Golant, with plenty of visitors' berths
on the pontoons or mooring buoys available. Fuel is available at Tom's Yard in
Polruan (both diesel and petrol). There are landing pontoons linked to
the shore at Albert Quay and Berrill's Yard in Fowey, plus Polruan (all short stay),
and at Mixtow (visitors), plus various other visitors' floating pontoons. For those lucky enough to have the
use of a mooring for the season,
Fowey Harbour offers all you could want -
beautiful scenery, good facilities, loads of activity in and around the harbour,
up river exploration for smaller motor boats and cruisers, and of course out to
sea and the world is your oyster! When the weather is inclement, there is shelter in the harbour or up-river.
Hardy Family Pilot is a popular style of motor boat, often with sailors who
convert from sail to power. They are good, strong, very sea-worthy boats capable
of handling themselves well in a sea. Most Family Pilots are powered by
outboards, of varying power up to 75HP, though a lesser number are powered by
inboard diesels; they are equally popular on inshore waters
as they are on coastal waters. One adventurous (very hardy indeed!) Hardy Family Pilot
couple even cruised their "Jura Pilot" around the whole of Britain,
visiting England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland (with Cape Wrath included!) and
back down the East Coast - a very substantial achievement. However, Family Pilots are equally good boats for
shorter trips, and for spending just a weekend
or a few days aboard, as is "Adele" featured here.
For more information on owning any of the Hardy family of boats, see the
Hardy Owners Club website.
Adele arriving at Mixtow Pill - the slipway to Penmarlam Boatyard beyond, with the
Cafe at the top on the left by the dinghy rack, and boatyard office on the right (photo ©MossPatch)
Motoring past the china clay docks opposite Mixtow (photo ©MossPatch)
Fowey behind and away out to sea - the harbour entrance is to the right in the photo
Looking east along the coast from Fowey (off to port), past Blackbottle Rock,
Pencarrow Head and Nealand Point to
Polperro and Talland out of sight beyond
(with radio on dual watch - Fowey Harbour operations Ch.12 and Ch.16)
Looking towards "The Peak" and St Saviour's Chapel at the top of
Heading back towards Fowey, with the Fowey Light on the cliffs ahead.
At night this light and the light on Whitehouse Point in the harbour, help guide vessels safely in.
Turning in for the harbour entrance, with St Catherine's Castle on the cliffs to port,
and Neptune Point House ahead. Readymoney Cove is nestled between the two.
Heading up the harbour towards
Bodinnick (but stopped safely for a photo)
...otherwise, always keep your hands on the wheel, and your eyes on the channel ahead!
Coming back down the River Fowey having turned out of Wiseman's Reach below Golant,
and approaching the tugs moored opposite the china clay docks.
Adele on one of the swinging moorings in Fowey - this is in Wiseman's Reach
Another season, and on a "fore and aft" mooring - these are a little more interesting to use, but secure!
Adele rafted alongside Hardy compatriot Tailwalker, a Fishing 20
For more detailed information about Adele for Hardy Owners, and for those interested in Hardy boats,
and about modifications that have been carried out, visit the
Family Pilot "Adele"
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