Tamar River, worth the effort
Reviewed Apr 2017
I have spent many years on the Tamar and its a great place.
There are strong tidal flows and you should use these to your advantage. Go with the tide!, Make the tide your friend! Even when approaching the Tamar River from Bass Strait into Low Head use the tide. You will gain up to an extra 4 to 5 knots SOG.
See Lester's post re Georgetown.
There is diesel available at Port Dalrymple Yacht Club (PDYC), the care taker is available 7 days per week but is not always on site. There is a mobile number to ring if you require fuel. This is the ONLY fuel available on the river without the use of Jerry cans etc. Water is also available from PDYC. The yacht club is 500m past the Maritime college, good deep water approach. There is NO marina available at PDYC, just a floating pontoon, where you can stay for 24 hrs with out charge, especially if you are buying fuel. There is a marina at the Tamar Yacht Club (TYC), which located in between the 2 wharf's of Inspection head and the Maritime College. The is NO fuel available from the TYC, but a good sheltered marina. There is also a caretaker available 24/7 via mobile. The local hotel also serve great meals and its not too far to stagger back to the marina.
West Arm provides a great anchorage in most conditions except for a strong SW. Dark Hollow is the main anchorage and is great holding in sticky mud. There are BBQ facilities ashore and a local pontoon. You can proceed further up into the Arm just follow the channel markers. There are some little beaches along the arm. There is a good anchorage at "Soldiers" which is just past Dark Hollow and near the small sand stone cliffs. On approach to West Arm if you draw more than 1.7 go on a rising tide and follow the leads which are located on Redbill point
There is a small IGA located in Charles Street Beauty Point for basics. The better shopping in either in George Town or Beaconsfield. Beaconsfield has several supermarkets, butchers, and bakery's. Along with a Dr Surgery, and pharmacy. Its not easy to get too from Beauty Point as it would be a 5km walk either way from PDYC.
Spring bay, which is further south up the river also provides a great anchorage, which is south of the Batman Bridge on the left side. Anchor just off the "Eagles Nest" which is obvious when you see it in the top of the trees. Good protection except in the S, but you can move across to the south side of the bay for protection.
If you decide to move further up the Tamar towards Launceston, use the tide to your advantage and stay in the channel which is clearly marked all the way to Launceston.
There is a small pontoon at the Rosevears Hotel, which also serves great meals. Approach the pontoon into the tide, which can be quite strong. I have stayed here over night with no issues.
When in Launceston there is a marina at the Seaport with local restaurants, coffee shops, located at the Seaport. There is a mobile number displayed at the Seaport for the caretaker. There is also a smaller amount of berthing space near the local ferry's if you berth here you need to see the staff at the ferry office for rates and payment etc.
There is a K Mart along with a Coles and a great fresh fruit and veg 10 min walking distance from Seaport.
Tamar marine which is arguably the best chandlery on the east coast is located a 20-30 minute walk along a clear defined pathway, which is open 5 1/2 days per week.