Vessels intending to proceed to or from Bowling Harbour via the River Clyde are required to contact Estuary Control (VHF Ch 12 or 01475 726221).
Clydeport’s Marine Leisure Guide (free from marinas etc) contains comprehensive information. Arriving from seaward: Contact Estuary Control (EC) prior to arrival at No 1 River Buoy off Greenock Container Terminal. Arriving from any other location on the River Clyde east of No 1 buoy (ie between Greenock and Glasgow): Contact EC before leaving your berth or before entering the River Clyde Channel. Departing Bowling Harbour: Contact EC prior to departure.
Keep to the buoyed Clyde navigation channel, and maintain a look-out for shipping.
Monitor VHF Ch12
Charts: Admiralty Chart 2007 and /or Imray Chart C63. Pilots: CCC Firth of Clyde Sailing Directions; Imray Yachtsman’s Pilot - Clyde to Colonsay
Radio: VHF Ch 16/74 “Bowling Basin” during sealock opening hours 2h-HW-h2 only. Otherwise telephone: 01389 877969. Locking should be booked in advance.
The western part of Bowling harbour is hazardous due to a large number of unmarked wrecks. The eastern part has been cleared (see diagram).
Follow lock keepers instructions when entering lock, normally mooring on the port side. Two long warps and 3-4 fenders will be needed. A canvas sheet between the fenders and the hull will help reduce scuffing. SC staff will operate the lock.
SC operated mast crane available at Bowling. Boat crew must carry out all mast work.
Boat safety checks will be carried out at the Sea Lock prior to entry.