Newport Beach, California


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Newport Beach

The Upper Bay of Newport is a canyon, which was carved by steam in the Pleistocene period. The lower bay of Newport was formed much later by sand, brought along by ocean currents, constructed the offshore beach, now recognized as the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach. Before settlers reached the coasts of California, the Newport area and surrounding areas were very prominent Indian lands.

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Newport Beach

Location

Latitude: 33 degrees, 35’3″N, 117 degrees, 52’7″W  |  Chart:  18754

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Service Phone Hours Contact
Harbor Patrol 949.723.1000 24 HOURS VHF-16
Guest Slips 949.723.1000 24 HOURS x

Vistor Berths

There is a Harbor Department Guest Anchorage at the first bend on the north side by the Harbor Patrol and Coast Guard Base.
Also, check with the yacht clubs for reciprocals.
Five slips are available for rent on a first come, first served basis.
Slips and moorings must be rented in person and the vessel to be docked/moored
must be brought to the Harbor Patrol guest dock at the time of rental.
Bring to the office current registration/documentation and a picture I.D.
Guest slips will accommodate vessels up to 40′ overall length.
Rates are $0.60 per foot with a $10.00 minimum nightly fee.
November-April:
During these months guest slip renters are required to sleep on board
their vessels due to possible adverse weather conditions.

Mooring Information

Various sizes throughout the harbor
Rates are $5.00 per night
Slips and moorings must be rented in person and vessel to be docked/moored must be brought to the Harbor Patrol guest dock at the time of rental.
Bring to the office current registration/documentation and a picture I.D.
November-April
During these months renters of the moorings in Carnation Cove are required
to sleep on board their vessels due to possible adverse weather conditions.

 

Marine Facilities

Launch Ramp
The only ramp is located at Newport Dunes in the Back Bay located at 1131 Back Bay Dr. in Newport Beach. For additional information please call (949)729-3863  Vessels are launched in the Upper Newport Bay. Travel time to the breakwater: approximately 40 minutes. Please observe the 5mph/”no wake” speed limit throughout the harbor to the breakwater.
Pump Out Stations
Newport Dunes: only for low profile boats because the PCH bridge is between the harbor and the dunes in the Back Bay
Balboa Bay Club:  between Lido Isle and the mainland, west of the back bay channel
Guest Dock near the Harbormaster Office:  at the first bend inside the jetties
On the Peninsula at 15th St. near the ALYC
North of the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club at the bend
Bayside Marina
Lido Village
Balboa Fun Zone Marina
Fuel Dock
The fuel docks are on either side of the channel by the Balboa Ferry landing just west of the Pavilion.  There are 4 locations.
Balboa Ferry Landings: north and south side
Island Marine Fuel-76 – 949-673-1103
Hills Boat Services, Inc-Standard – 949-675-0741
Newport Landing – 949-729-1100
Bait & Ice
Ice and snacks are available at the sportfishing/bait dock and the stores by the Navy Pier.

Harbor Information

Newport Harbor is located about 17.5 nautical miles south of the Los Alamitos entrance to Long Beach Harbor and 64 nautical miles northwest of Point Loma. It is a dredged lagoon fronted by a 3 mile peninsula with the harbor entrance at the east end. There are two piers seaward of the peninsula, the Newport Pier extends 800 feet and the 950 foot Balboa Pier is 2.8 nautical miles west of the west jetty.  Prominent features include the tall office buildings 1.4 miles north of the harbor entrance, Memorial Hospital from the south of the entrance, .3 miles N of the turning basin (which is at the west end of the harbor) and 4 miles NE of the channel entrance.

The harbor entrance is from the East between two jetties that are 275 yards apart and marked by lights with the fog horn and radio beacon on the west jetty.
#1 Bell Buoy – flashes white . – (dit dah)
#3 West Jetty flashes green every 5 seconds (36 ft)
#4 East Jetty flashes red every 4 seconds (25 ft)

The main channel is 20 feet deep and runs from the entrance to the turning basin. It is made up of the Entrance Channel, the Corona Del Mar Bend, the Balboa Reach, the Harbor Island Reach and the Lido Isle Reach. The Balboa Island North Channel should be a depth of 10 feet.

Fog Horn:      1 blast every 30 seconds  (3-second blast)
Radio Beacon:    285kHz

Bridge:    A road bridge extends from North at Pacific Coast Highway to the Back Bay/Newport Dunes area with a 20 foot clearance at mean high tide over the main channel.  All other bridges are very low and allow the passage of only the smallest boats.

Dangers:  There is a sunken wreck marked by a lighted buoy 75 feet from shore on the north side of the bend between buoys 6 and 8. Sandbars do build up, so stay to midchannel. Newport Harbor could also be known as Anchorage except that Alaska took the name first. Be aware of your surroundings, especially in limited visibility weather as there are hundreds of boats on anchorage and maintain the 5 mph limit.


Useful Links

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Wikipedia | Newport Beach


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