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evicted from Bembridge beach?On Priory Bay: I would echo the comments about rolliness (also applies to Bembridge Roads, of course), and also watch out for much south in the wind. Any swell tends to roll around Bembridge Ledge rather enthusiastically.
Having said that, there's a wide, flat & firm sand/shingle/shell beach below the rather steep HW section.
We dried out there very nicely when evicted from Bembridge beach.
Much cleaner pottering around wiping the hull.
But note the comments on wash and swell. You'll want to wait for stable conditions, and get through the aground/afloat transition very quickly!
We - and 2 other boats - made our excuses and left rather abruptly when refloating at 4AM with a rising SSW breeze.
Thanks for the explanation. I will check the dredger has gone before I try to beach there.... I have always found it a bit rolly anchoring outside too.... not as idyllic as I would hope for given the shelter."...Can one beach there, in the same way it seems to be accepted on the east side? "
Don't see why not, though people usually don't. Others may know better.
I suspect there would be quite a strong cross-tide.
Interestingly, Navionics thinks there's an anchoring spot right on the point at the western side of the entrance, though IIRC it's a bit steep there.
The red dotted line appears to be just the edge of the speed limit.
The black dotted line at the top is a identified as a pipeline (sewage or drainage outfall?)
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(chart courtesy of Navionics webapp) Navionics ChartViewer
Regarding the eviction:
We (and the 2 others) arrived late ish one Saturday PM last month. The dredger was in position but looked "parked" rather than "ready for action" so we got ourselves nicely settled when the HM arrived and made it clear in no uncertain terms that we couldn't stay - apparently they were planning to dredge that night.
One doesn't argue with the HM - especially one who sounds like a retired Sergeant Major of the Scots Guards.
My memory of anchoring there is it is an East facing beach, with a woody hill side behind so blocking a decent sunset. So a good lunch spot trather than evening barbeque, someone correct me if I'm wrong.Hmm.
Thanks for that, XDC. There's something about right of access to tidal zones, though. Don't they belong to the Queen?
It did seem pretty busy when we were there - loads of RIBs with people having Barbecues ashore. They mostly disappeared when the sun went down, though.
Lots of reports this summer of people "wild camping" all over the place and leaving horrible messes behind. I guess the unpleasant behaviour we normally export to Ibiza and Magaluf is coming home to roost.
I think that map is fairly accurate. I came across it when looking into foreshore access at King Quay Creek on the north shore of the IoW: King’s Quay Creek - Foreshore AccessI suppose this doesn't exactly count as the definitive source, but according to ... Naturenet: Navigation law and access to water.
So the answer is "it depends"
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Also a fascinating website here: On the seabed and coast | The Crown Estate
Did you know HMQ owns 450 mooring in the Hamble? Also - if the map is to believed - "foreshore" on about half of Ryde Sands, most of Yarmouth and Lymington Harbours, but not Beaulieu (probably hocked it to the Montagues some time ago).
The map, by the way, seems to imply that the Crown Estate does not own the foreshore in question at Priory Bay, but I may have misunderstood the map.