How our ANPR car park works
Where to park & how to pay
We have two car parks, one for our annual berth holders and a main car park in front of our dry stack, both are controlled by Automatic Number Plate Recognition. Pay and display charges apply after 15 minutes and there are several tiers depending on what brings you to the marina. We are in the process of building a third long-stay car park just off the marina site which we hope will be available by summer 2023.
There's a drop-off zone on the roundabout outside The Boat That Rocks for loading and unloading with a max. stay of 20 minutes. Blue badge holders parking in the public disabled bays on the roundabout should still pay parking fees. You'll need to put your length of stay into the machine when you go to pay.
To see whether you need to pay or how to get your discount voucher, check below.
Our customers who berth with us year round
Our annual berthing licence includes free parking in our dedicated berth holders car park situated on the left as you enter the marina. Berth holders can park up to two cars in this car park at any one time free of charge. Additional cars (up to a maximum of five total can be registered on an account) brought onto the marina site at the same time as the two in the berth holders car park, need to be parked in the main car park and will automatically be given a 50% discount on departure.
Any vehicles not registered to an annual berth holder (and additional cars after the first two have arrived) will receive a Parking Charge Notice if they park in the berth holder car park.
Flexi-berthers, visitors by sea & yard customers
Visiting boat owners and crew who are not annual berth holders, regardless of the length of stay, benefit from free parking in the main car park. This includes customers whose boats are ashore in our yard.
Please pop into the marina or boatcare office to register your number plate. If you are staying with us over just a few days, we may ask you to come in daily to register your vehicle.
Coming to see our marine business partners
Need something from the boatcare chandlery or popping by for an air bottle refill form the Dive Centre? You'll get a 2 hour free voucher from the boatcare office.
If you're coming to see boatpoint, boatcare or Cove Yachts for a longer appointment or training with Quality Time Training, stop by the boatcare office and they'll register your vehicle for free parking for the duration.
Going afloat with our commercial customers
If you're heading out for the day with one of our commercial charter customers or day trip boats, you'll get a 50% discount on your parking fees. Just pop into the marina office before or after your trip to pick up your voucher. Our charter and trip operators are;
Cafe, restaurant & salon customers
Dropping in to Taylor's Mess Deck Cafe or The Boat That Rocks for a bite to eat or a drink? You'll get a 2 hours free voucher from them, if you're staying longer you'll need to pay for the remaining duration.
Likewise, customers of Kalon Hair & Beauty can pop into the marina or boatcare offices to pick up their 2 hour voucher.
Customers visiting from our sister marinas
Visiting boatfolk customers from our sister marinas will need to park in the main car park. If your boat is at Portland, either ashore or afloat, you'll get free parking, just pop into the marina or boatcare offices to register your number plate.
If your boat is snug on her berth at her home marina, but you're popping by for one of the options above, the relevant information for the business you're visiting will apply.
For visitors to the marina who need to pay parking fees there are two payment machines located by the Lynx helicopter and outside the marina office. Vouchers are available from the marina and boatcare offices, cafe or restaurant for those using our on-site businesses.
When you're ready to leave, choose the 'pay with voucher' option at the machine and you'll be prompted to scan the voucher then enter your vehicle registration. Your discount (2 hours free or 50% off) will be applied and any remaining fees ready to be paid. Our machines accept card and contactless payments and are cash free to save you searching for the right change!