Deben Estuary Pilot

Deben Estuary Pilot


Orford River Entrance Buoy Positions (recorded April 2021)

For guidance only. Shingle banks liable to change.


Orford Haven Buoy S.W.M.         52º 02'.000N  01º 28'.200E

Oxley Buoy Port Hand                52º 02'.024N  01º 27'.964E

Weir Buoy Starboard Hand         52º 02'.260N  01º 27'.560E

(Buoys in place April to October only)


Warning: Entrance very narrow - Do not stray from channel.




Local information and useful links for visitors to the River Deben.


Visitors Moorings at Felixstowe Ferry.

Available from the Harbour Master John White.

See the Contact Us page for details.


Felixstowe Ferry Boat Yard.

Boat building and repairs, park and launch facilities, fuel and much more.

Moorings available by the week or by the year. Call 01394 282173 for details.


Deben Ferry and River Taxi Service.

Available from 10:00hrs to 18:00hrs throughout the Summer months.

Call VHF Channel 08 or ring 07709 411511.


Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club

Welcoming sailing club at the mouth of the River Deben that embraces dinghy sailing, yachting and an RYA approved teaching centre.


Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service (FVCPRS)

Delivering lifesaving inshore support to the Felixstowe coastline and rivers.


Waldringfield Boatyard.

Boat repairs, park and launch facilities at Waldringfield.


Waldringfield Harbour Master.

Call on 07925 081062 or 01473 736291.


The Tidemill Yacht Harbour at Woodbridge.

For Woodbridge pilotage advice, mooring facilities and more.


Woodbridge Cruising Club.

With regular events, talks and flotilla cruises.


Ramsholt Harbour Master.

Call George Collins on 07930 304061


Marine Surveys (East and South Ltd).

Yacht surveyors, specialising in pre-purchase and insurance surveys on wooden, GRP, steel and Ferro-cement yachts, motorboats and small ships.


SM Read Marine Services Ltd.

Tugs and workboats available to charter for a variety of marine roles.


Harwich Foot Ferry.

Call 07919 911440 for more information.


The Boathouse Cafe at Bawdsey Quay.

The best cakes on the Bawdsey peninsula, with friendly service to match.


Helen's Shed.

Art, craft and hand-made gifts for sale in the rustic surroundings of the Boatyard.


Harbour Master contact: Call ‘Odd Times’ on VHF CH8, or phone John White on 07803 476621