Living in Newport Beach: Newport Harbor moorings

Newport Harbor moorings

Newport Harbor moorings

Boats of all sizes are moored in the Newport Harbor. As the homeport of more than 10,000 recreational vessels, Newport Harbor is among the largest yacht harbors in the United States.

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If you’re visiting Newport Beach by boat, you’ll be able to moor your vessel (pending mooring availability) and visit the surrounding area. Moorings are administered by the Harbor Patrol and are offered on a first come, first served basis. Moorings may not be reserved in advance, but as you approach the harbor call the Harbormaster’s office to check availability. Stop at the Harbormaster’s visitors dock just beyond the end of the entrance channel to make those arrangements.


A current update on Newport Harbor moorings:

The City of Newport Beach is considering replacing Newport Harbor’s moorings with floating docks, but are surveying city residents for input before they commit to spending $248,000 on six of them in Newport Harbor.

The floating docks could potentially replace many of Newport Beach’s 800 offshore moorings. Currently, the offshore moorings that boaters use to anchor their boats offshore are “composed of an anchor, heavy chain, a rope and a buoy” (“Newport asking residents if floating docks are worth money“, OC Register) to keep vessels in place — whereas the floating docks hold two boats, one on each side. The floating docks could cut Newport Harbor’s mooring space nearly in half, thus opening up more of the water area for harbor users and to give boaters easier access to their vessels.

“The survey is expected to be sent out by the end of the summer, and if the city moves forward with the floating dock pilot plan, the goal would be to have them installed and ready for summer 2015” (“Newport asking residents if floating docks are worth money”, OC Register).

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