Weymouth is an archetypal English seaside town, seemingly untouched by the twentieth century (no bad thing!) and restored very successfully in the last few years. Facilities for yachts are limited, and the harbour office would like you to call them on Channel 12 as you enter. They will suggest a place to moor.
The entrance is very straightforward. The FastCat ferry service to Jersey has been withdrawn, so the only real traffic is other yachts and fishing boats [there are a lot of small boats taking anglers out]. Past the old ferry terminal, the harbour opens up to the main berths, with the bridge at the end. There is a waiting pontoon for those who would like to go through to the inner marina.
The town centre is only a short walk away, and the town has a very welcoming atmosphere. Well worth visiting!
The marina, like Torquay itself, is hidden away in the far corner of Torbay, but is easy enough to find and to enter. Call the marina beforehand for a berth, and you will find you will have to turn to port immediately on entry and follow the breakwater wall to find your pontoon.
There are no fancy marinas in Salcombe, just mooring buoys (where you will probably end up rafted) or, if you can find a clear spot (unlikely), anchoring.
There is a bar at the entrance, and you may have to wait until the tide is high enough. The bar is dangerous on the ebb with an onshore wind or swell, and the channel is rather restricted. There are good leading marks, however, as you can see in the picture below (the red house is a good reference point!).
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