First class marine services for first class yachts in the heart of the Caribbean
English Harbour offers one of the safest and most beautiful natural anchorages anywhere in the Caribbean. Add 200 years of Royal Navy heritage and stunning beaches to make Nelson’s Dockyard an extraordinary and unique destination. With a highly skilled labour force and full range of marine services, Nelson’s Dockyard provides excellent facilities for provisioning, maintenance and repairs.
The Nelson’s Dockyard Marina is probably the prettiest piece of living history in the Caribbean today. Once the base for the Royal Navy in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Dockyard is now a busy destination for Superyachts and Cruisers alike.
Ideally located at the centre of the Leeward and Windward Islands, Antigua is a perfect pick-up and drop off point for guests.
Entering English Harbour during daylight is straightforward. Watch for a reef off Charlotte Point on the south side of the entrance. The water remains quite deep just off of Fort Berkely on the port side.
Leading Light – 025 degrees true
Front light – quick flashing red
Rear light – ISO Phase red 2 seconds
A clear navigation channel must be maintained in English Harbour from Fort Berkeley to the inner harbour. Yachtsmen are requested not to obstruct this passage. All yachts at anchor in English Harbour must pay local harbour fees, the rates of which are available from the Paymaster’s Office.
There is a 4 knot speed limit for all craft in the harbour.
There is a trough in English Harbour and holding can be poor, especially in bad weather. Depth from the Galley Bar to the west end of the quay is 14 feet shoaling to 8 feet. Vessels, especially large power craft, are requested not to use their engines in the vicinity of the quay as the wash from propellers could damage the restored historic wall. Please use your anchors to pull the vessel well away from the quayside.
There are four hurricane chains in English Harbour which were laid by the British navy during the development of the dockyard in the 18th Century. Their purpose was to give incoming vessels a fixed mooring to catch and stop the boat.
There are two chains between Antigua Slipway and shore point. One runs from the Slipway west for approximately 160 yards to an anchor on the beach. The other goes from the Slipway mangroves north for 80 yards to a small clearing in the mangroves.
A third, in Tank Bay, runs from Clarence House jetty, which now houses the new Coast Guard station, to the Powder Magazine’s Dock. It also has large boat mooring identifying its location. The fourth is in Freeman’s Bay, running from the large anchor on Galleon Beach to Fort Berkeley Point.
Feel free to address any queries you may have regarding the chains or any matter of concern to the Harbour Master in the Dockyard. He will be pleased to assist you with any problems or difficulties you may have.