Update 6th November

RULES FOR NOVEMBER LOCKDOWN

Thank you for your patience while we awaited guidance from the Government and marine trade associations to try and understand what restrictions are in place for this November lockdown and how they effect us all.

The Government guidance to us all is clear:

  • We must stay at home as much as possible, except for specific essential circumstances
  • We must avoid meeting people we do not live with
  • We must follow these rules to protect our families, employees, communities, customers and the NHS.
  • Read the full guidance

Our Haven Team will remain on-site 7 days a week
The Yacht Haven will remain open and our Haven Team are here to provide any additional checks on your boat that you might need during this lockdown. Our team are on-site 7 days a week and we’re happy to follow up any checks with an email or photos for complete peace of mind.

Boatyard Operations
Our boatyard operations can continue and this includes boat lifting/launching, mast steps and other jobs. If your boat is due to be lifted this month, please advise us if you are ready for lifting with headsails removed. Rest assured, our team is here to help if you're unable to visit your boat in person. 

Going boating for exercise
Sport England have confirmed that boaters in England can continue to exercise on the open waterways (which includes coastal waters) so long as you are doing so:

  • on your own
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble
  • Or on your own and with one person from another household.

We strongly urge you to read these rules closely and decide whether it is appropriate for you to take to the water. Should you decide to head on the water, please ensure you and your vessel are prepared for winter boating.

The Fambridge Winter Series is postponed until further notice.

Staying Onboard Overnight
You are not permitted to stay onboard your boat or away from your home residence. Furthermore, please do not use the marina as a place to self-isolate as this puts our staff and others at risk. Please stay at home and follow the guidance accordingly.

Marine Businesses On-Site
On-site businesses at Fambridge Yacht Haven are also continuing their operations under strict regulations. If you have work booked in with any marine trade company, or you need work undertaking this month, we encourage you to contact them directly to understand their limitations and restrictions.

As mentioned, our Haven Team are here on-site 7 days a week to help support you in any way we can. We will be maintaining security and taking care of your boats, as well as being on the pontoons, checking lines and keeping an eye on everything. Rest assured, your boat remains safe in our care.

We are happy for you to have parcels delivered to the Marina Office, but to minimise exposure we will not sign for any deliveries and you must collect any parcels on the date delivered. Parcels will be left to the rear of reception.

Please continue to communicate with us remotely wherever possible by calling us on 01621 740370 or by email to fambridge@yachthavens.com. If you need to visit the office or use the facilities, please remember to where a face mask.

In the meantime, keep safe and we will see you soon.

Danyal Adams,
Marina Director

 

Update 2nd November

NEW LOCKDOWN RULES FROM 5TH NOVEMBER

Dear Berth Holders,

As you will no doubt be aware, new restrictions will come into effect from 00:01 on Thursday 5th November.

As always, safety is paramount and our top priority is to ensure our Yacht Haven is a safe environment for you, your boat, our visitors and our staff.

At this time, we remain open and we will continue with all our boatyard operations. However, we are seeking further guidance on how the new restrictions will affect the Yacht Haven and you, in terms of visiting your boat.

Please be assured that the team will remain on-site 7 days a week to keep a watchful eye on your boat. We are closely monitoring Government guidance and liaising with British Marine, TYHA, RYA and Crouch Harbour Authority. We will update you by email as soon as possible.

If your boat is due to be lifted out between now and Christmas, we encourage you to take the opportunity this week to ensure she is ready to be lifted with headsails off. If you're unable to visit your boat, rest assured we are here to help.

As soon as we have more information we will be in touch. But of course, in the meantime, if there’s anything you need us to check on your behalf, don’t hesitate to ask us. We're happy to follow up with a call and, if requested, photos.

In the meantime, keep safe and we will see you soon.

Danyal Adams,
Director, Fambridge Yacht Haven

Update 16th October

Essex moves to Tier 2

From Saturday 17th October, increased restrictions will come into force in Essex after the county was placed into Tier 2 by the Government, also referred to as a High Level Local Alert.

Under Tier 2, there are a number of new measures which berth holders need to be aware of:

  • Sailing and motorboating can continue to take place. Furthermore, under the RYA guidance, organised club sailing (including the Fambridge Winter Series) can continue while adhering to the 'rule of 6' and with social distancing in place.
  • You can no longer meet with anybody outside your household in any indoor setting, including at home, onboard your boat or at a restaurant/eatery. 
  • The 'rule of 6' continues to apply to all outdoor settings.
  • You can continue to travel to/from Fambridge Yacht Haven, providing you do not live in a Tier 3 area. At the time of writing, only Liverpool is part of Tier 3.

More information on Tier 2 restrictions can be read on the gov.uk website or by clicking on the image to view the Government poster.

Please remember, if you have a new cough, feel unwell or have lost your sense of taste or smell, please do not visit the Yacht Haven. Follow government advice and seek a COVID-19 test.

Furthermore, please continue to wash your hands thoroughly, use our hand sanitizer stations on-site and maintain high levels of hygiene. 

Previous measures put in place at the Yacht Haven on 24th September remain valid. You can re-read these measures below on this blog.

As always, our Haven Team are here to help look after your boat. If you're unable to visit and you'd like us to check something specific on your behalf, we'd be happy to do so. We can even follow up with a phone call or photos if you would like. Just call our Office on 01621 740370.

Update 24th September

With Autumn upon us, getting on the water when the weather allows gains greater importance for our social, mental and physical well-being. If you are therefore visiting the Yacht Haven in the near future, there are several new laws that have come into effect that you need to be aware of.

Effective immediately, all visitors to the Marina Office and the site must complete a Track & Trace registration. This can be completed in three easy ways:

  1. Download the NHS COVID-10 Contact Tracing App and scan the unique QR code to ‘check in’ which we display at the Marina Office and around our site.
  2. Complete a handwritten form found at the Marina Office. Data that we collect will be stored securely for a minimum of 21 days and shared with NHS Track & Trace if requested.

If you are visiting as part of a group, we only require one person to complete the Track & Trace process.

In addition to these new tracing laws, all visitors must now wear a face covering when using any indoor facility at the Yacht Haven including the washrooms, laundry and when visiting the Marina Office. For the protection of our staff and customers, this law also applies to all Yacht Haven staff.

We must all continue to comply with social distancing restrictions as well as measures specific to boating:

  • Maintaining a 2m distance with others at all times
  • Only go boating with a maximum of 6 persons, unless in exceptions as explained in this RYA guidance published on 10th September.
  • If you have a new cough, feel unwell or have lost your sense of taste or smell, please do not visit the Yacht Haven. Follow government advice to quarantine and seek a Covid-19 test.
  • Please wash your hands thoroughly, use our hand santizer stations on-site, and maintain high levels of hygiene at all times.

Please remember, if you would like us to check anything on your boat then do not hesitate to ask us, we can follow up all checks with a phone call and photos, if requested.

We remain hopeful of a long Indian Summer and plenty more days on the water, and we wish you and your loved ones good health in the weeks to come.

Danyal Adams,
Marina Director

Update 14th September

In light of the Prime Minister’s announcement on 9th September, there are new rules regarding social interactions that impact boating and berth holders visiting their boats.

Social gatherings of more than six people are not allowed in law. The new rule applies to indoor and outdoor settings. One exception to this ‘rule of 6’ is if your household contains more than 6 people.

Organised team sports are exempt from this ‘rule of 6’. The RYA’s guidance, published on 10th September, states that club on-water activities constitute as an organized team sport and, thus, the ‘rule of 6’ does not apply.

We are seeking guidance on how this ‘rule of 6’ applies to general leisure boating.

If you have a new cough, feel unwell or have lost your sense of taste or smell, please do not visit the Yacht Haven. Follow government advice to quarantine and seek a Covid-19 test.

We must all take responsibility to help stop the spread of Covid-19 by following these rules. Please wash your hands thoroughly, use our hand santizer stations on-site, uphold social distancing with others and maintain high levels of hygiene at all times.

Boating still remains firmly on the agenda and, following the shortened season, we share your desire to make the most of boating while the weather is mild, while hoping for a long Indian Summer.

 

Updated 25th June 2020 

It's the news we have been waiting for...

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister detailing further easing of restrictions, we are delighted to inform you that staying onboard overnight will be permitted from Saturday 4th July.

We share your excitement at the prospect of spending summer nights onboard whether it be safely tied up in the Yacht Haven or at your favourite anchorage on the River Crouch or beyond.

Also from the 4th July, you’ll be able to meet and go boating with multiple households up to a maximum of six people, or two households regardless of size. However, social distancing must remain in place at all times with a recommended guidance of a minimum of 1m.

Safe Boating - UPDATED

With the prospect of more berth holders visiting the Yacht Haven in the coming weeks, please ensure you follow our simple suggestions to improve your safety, the safety of others and help everyone enjoy boating responsibly.

We all need to take responsibility to help stop the spread of Covid-19. If you have Covid-19 symptoms, please stay at home and do not visit the Yacht Haven. If you do come to the Yacht Haven, please use our hand sanitizer stations on-site, uphold distancing and maintain high levels of hygiene at all times.

Take a closer look at our UPDATED Safe Boating guidelines:

Safe Boating

Following the latest Government announcements, many other businesses based at Fambridge Yacht Haven will be reopening or extending the services they’re able to provide.

NFYC Lauch Service (MB Devon Lass)

**Please remember to wear your lifejacket while onboard the river mooring launch boat.**

The river mooring launch service is now fully operational, 7 days per week. The Launch is operational from 1000-1500 weekdays, and 0900-1600 weekends and Bank Holidays

Our Fuel Station and slipway Park & Launch service remains open 7 days a week, and our boat lifting services are available as usual, Monday to Friday.

The prospect of getting out on the water and spending a night afloat with our friends and family is of huge relief following months of patience. We must all continue to play within the rules, but we hope boating will bring you plenty of joy and relief as we enter the summer.

We look forward to seeing you back on the water!

Danyal Adams
Marina Director

Updated 15th May 2020

In addition to our 'Safe Boating with Yacht Havens' advice published on 13th May (which you read below on this blog), we're pleased to provide further guidance to berth holders to help you visit the Yacht Haven and go boating with confidence.

Download our guidance

Updated 13th May 2020

WELCOME BACK TO BOATING

I would like to sincerely thank you all for adhering to government advice since the start of the lockdown, being patient, and only visiting your boats for essential safety and security purposes.

Following further clarification from the government, I am very pleased to confirm that from today you will be able to once again enjoy your boats on the wonderful River Crouch and beyond. All forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing and the use of privately owned motorised craft, are now allowed.

There are no restrictions on how far you can travel to get to the marina. However, you cannot stay overnight at a holiday home or second home which we are taking will apply to boats also. This means that for now boating is limited to day trips where you can return to the marina and then home afterwards.

We all appreciate how important it is for us all to stop the spread of Covid-19 and following a few simple suggestions will improve your safety and the safety of others and help everyone to enjoy boating responsibly.

Take a closer look at our new safe boating guidelines by clicking on the image below to enlarge it:

Safe Boating

Our boat lifting operations have resumed and we are working through the backlog of boats that were due to be launched and lifted last month. If you’d like to discuss being lifted out or being launched off, please call us on 01621 740370.

Just being back out on the water is going to be a great relief to many of us and a perfect antidote for this period of lockdown, but we must work within the rules and always have thoughts for the frontline workers who are still battling this virus.

Please continue to stay alert and follow all the advice from the government and from our Haven Team on-site.


Looking forward to welcoming you back to the Yacht Haven!

Danyal Adams,
Director, Fambridge Yacht Haven

 

Updated 11th May

We welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement last night during which he stated that from this Wednesday, 13th May 2020, unlimited outdoor activity will be permitted in England. We understand that this will include a return to water sports.

Many measures that the Government have previously announced are still in force and this includes staying at home as much as possible, maintaining social distancing, and continuing to adhere to high levels of hygiene. The major change that is of particular interest to us all is the change in restrictions to outdoor activity allowing the potential for boating to resume.

From Wednesday, we will be very happy to welcome you back to the marina to visit your boat and undertake maintenance. Over the past few weeks we have been working hard to prepare our Yacht Haven for a controlled reopening. However, we are not yet clear on whether the government and statutory harbour authorities will allow you to head out onto the River Crouch, and, if we are allowed, what restrictions there might be in place.

If you're visiting your boat for maintenance and security, we'd be grateful if you could attend your boat alone in order to reduce the number of people on-site. Once restrictions on leisure boating on the River Crouch are eased, we look forward to welcoming members from your immediate household back to the Yacht Haven. 

Together with the British Ports Association, the RYA and British Marine, we will review the detailed Government guidance due to be published later today (11th May) together with the further guidance to keep employees safe in the workplace, which we understand will be published tomorrow (12th May). The guidance is expected to contain a level of detail that will enable us to validate our planned procedures and consider whether any additional safeguards are needed.

Please bear with us during this transitional period as it is important that we do make sure that we are doing everything we can to keep our customers and staff safe.

In the meantime, our previous measures in the marina remain in place. This includes:

  • Avoid visiting the marina office if possible. Please contact us remotely via telephone or email
  • We are not accepting cash or cheques. Card or BACS payments are our preferred methods
  • Please maintain a 2m distance between staff, fellow berth holders and other marine operatives at all times
  • We are currently not accepting deliveries or post to the marina office on your behalf.

Danyal Adams
Director, Fambridge Yacht Haven

 

 

Updated 1st May

The Crouch Harbour Authority (CHA) and Essex Marine Police have jointly issued a letter of advice to leisure boat owners on the River Crouch and River Roach. Letter is dated 30th April 2020. 

Read the letter

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