There are several layover and pick-up/drop-off points for Bailiwick resident boat owners to use.
Cambridge and Crown Pier steps
Quick drop offs and pick-ups only. Boats should not be left unattended at these points; they are for the safe and quick transfer of people and not for any other use.
Local layby pontoon
Short stays only of up to 12 hours. We advise you notify Guernsey VTS VHF Channel 12 how long you intend to stay.
West side of walk-ashore pontoons
Applies to the west side of the pontoon link ups only. Up to 9 hours stay is free of charge, on the understanding that you have checked in with the Marina Office. It is essential that all vessels are checked in with the Marina Office prior to using this facility.
Slipways and steps
Slips and steps in the harbours are for general harbour use. Boats may not be left unattended and if found blocking the slips or steps will be removed at owner's expense. Notices are displayed to this effect.
The Layby Pontoons page provides further information and guidelines.
How you call for help in an emergency at sea depends on your equipment and how far away your boat is from the coast. Find out how to make a distress call with the equipment you have on board and how it will be responded to.
VHF radio is the minimum communication equipment that you should have on your vessel. VHF operates within 30 nautical miles of the nearest point of land.
In an emergency, send a voice Mayday or Pan-Pan message to Guernsey Coastguard on VHF Channel 16 (frequency 156.8MHz).
If your situation is serious, for example someone's life is at risk, send a Mayday voice message. If it's urgent, but not life-threatening, for example your mast snaps, send a Pan-Pan message.
Guernsey Harbours can reserve areas for various events during the year. The Events page provides information for event organisers with a guide to booking an event, and the standard terms and conditions applicable to the use of Guernsey Harbours premises for shows, fêtes and other purposes.
Please email us outlining the nature of the complaint so it can be investigated further.
Port parking permits are available to purchase for tenants of the harbours or for those whose main business is servicing boats at the harbours (Marine Traders).
There are also a very limited number of permits that can be purchased for private use.
Visit the Permit Parking page for more information and fees.
Any boat or vessel of 12ft length overall or over, owned by a resident of Guernsey, Herm or Jethou, is required to be registered with Guernsey Harbours. See the Local Boat Registration page for further information.
All boats capable of 17 knots and over, irrespective of size, must carry third party insurance. This includes jet skis. Any owner allocated a marina berth or mooring in either harbour, is also required to insure his/her vessel, irrespective of speed.
If you wish to apply for a mooring or berth, refer to the Marinas & Moorings section.