The Marina

Popular with berth holders and visitors all year round, East Cowes is a quiet neighbour to the busy marinas in Cowes.

Portland Berth holder benefits

  • Over 300 annual and visitor berths
  • Metered electricity
  • Quality washrooms
  • Laundry room
  • Free car park
  • Free WiFi
  • CCTV and access code gates
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dog friendly
  • On-site pub
  • Water taxi to Cowes
  • Unrestricted access

East Cowes Marina

You can catch sight of a kingfisher or an oystercatcher and still be a short walk from shops and restaurants. Even better, enjoy a sundowner overlooking the marina at the Lifeboat pub.

We're proud of the quality of our marina, and of the happy community of boat owners who help to make it a great place to visit.

Our berths

Our marina is totally accessible by land and sea 24/7, so you can come and go as you please. We're also sheltered from the wind and swell that affects Cowes harbour.

With the exception of a few berths, the marina is dredged to 2m. We've happily moored Clipper round-the-world yachts, Swan 60s and even a Volvo 70. Very deep draught yachts should check clearance at the chain ferry.


The marina office, washrooms and laundry are located in the Octagon building, near L and M pontoons and the main access ramp.

The office is open 8am to 5pm in the winter, and 8am to 7pm in the summer, extending to 8pm or later during July and August.

We have a wide range of tourist and travel information, and can advise on days out and places to eat and more.

The Lifeboat pub

The Lifeboat pub is located next to the marina office, overlooking the marina. Open from 10am to 11pm daily, with food served from noon to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm, plus breakfasts during Cowes Week.

A wide-angle shot of the River Medina shows the Lifeboat pub overlooking East Cowes Marina and the boats moored there
A sports motor cruiser at East Cowes Marina with the Lifeboat pub in the background

Boat Requirements

  • Fuel - diesel and petrol available from Cowes Harbour Fuels on the west bank of the river Medina.
  • Gas - bottle exchange from the marina office
  • Pump-out - black water holding tank pump-out at Shepard's Wharf
  • Chandlery - Jolliffe's, Pascal Atkey and Fynn Marine are all a walk-away in Cowes. Richardson's by car or boat
  • Marine services - there are loads of good local trades who will visit the marina. Ask us for our suggestions
The River Medina as seen from a pontoon at East Cowes Marina: calm waters reflect the blue sky and powdery clouds


At the heart of the Solent on the sunny, sheltered river Medina, 500m from Cowes.

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Aboard their boat, tied up at East Cowes, the Jackaroo sailing team raise their beers

Annual Berthing

Locals and mainlanders love our friendly marina as a race base or holiday home-from-home.

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A man and his daughter hold hands as they walk along the Marina beside a pink-flowered hedge, looking out over the River Medina

Visiting Us

Walk to historic Osborne House, watch red squirrels, cycle to Newport or stock-up in Waitrose.

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