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COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Statement

Safe Boating With Yacht Havens

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 by clicking on the image below to enlarge it.


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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

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Updated 13th May 2020


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:

Fambridge Yacht Haven 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 2020

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 2020

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

For further information, please contact:

For advice from Yacht Havens, please visit our COVID 19 blog.




Updated 1st May 2020

This new blog has been setup to provide up-to-date, relevent information for Fambridge Yacht Haven. For information from our other locations, or for information prior to 1st May 2020, please visit www.yachthavens.com/covid19.