Updated 2nd November


At this time Haven Quay remains open and we will continue with all our boatyard operations.

We are seeking further guidance on how the new restrictions will affect our dry stack operations and customers visiting their boats. This is unlikely to become clear until after legislation has been through Parliament this week.

If your boat is due to be lifted ashore into our boatyard over lockdown, we would encourage you to take the opportunity this week to carry out any preparations, such as removing headsails.

We will share further updates as soon as possible. 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.

The Haven Quay Team

Update 1st October

Dear Haven Quay customers,

With autumn upon us, getting out on the water on those calm, cooler days feels even more special. If you are visiting Haven Quay, there are several new laws that have come into effect that you should be aware of.

Firstly, we remain on-site 7 days a week for lifting and launching until 1st November when we move to our winter hours. If you're unable to visit your boat 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 01590 677072.

Track & Trace:

All visitors to the Office must complete a Track & Trace registration. This can be completed in two easy ways:

  1. Download the NHS COVID-19 Contact Tracing App and scan the unique QR code to 'check in' which we are displaying at the Office.
  2. Complete a handwritten form at the Office. Data that we collect will be stored securely for a minimum of 21 days and shared with NHS Track & Trace if requested.

Face coverings:

All visitors must now wear a face mask/covering when using any indoor facility at Haven Quay including the washrooms and when visiting the Office.

Social Distancing:

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

  • We are operating a one-in, one-out policy at the Office to maintain safe distancing
  • 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 Haven Quay. Follow government advice and seek a COVID-19 test.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly, use our hand sanitizer stations on-site and maintain high levels of hygiene at all times.

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.

Kind regards,

The Haven Quay Team

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 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

Welcome Back to Boating - 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.

We're really pleased to be able to inform you that our dry stack service and boat lifting operations have now resumed.

Following further clarification from the government and port authorities, you will be able to once again enjoy your boats on the wonderful Western Solent and beyond. All forms of water sports practices on open waterways, including sailing and the use of privately owned motorized craft are now allowed.

Of course we understand your enthusiasm for being back on the water again, but please give every consideration to our Haven Team, your fellow berth holders and yourselves.

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 enjoy boating responsibly.


  • Please only enter the office if absolutely necessary and respect the social distancing measures when in contact with any member of staff.
  • Please do not gather on/around the pontoon; simply use them for embarking and disembarking. If you need to do any cleaning or 'tinkering' on your boat, please let us know and we'll put it on a rack for you.

Just being back out on the water is going to be a great relief to many of us and a perfect tonic for this period of lockdown, but we must all play within the rules and 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.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Updated 10th May 2020

This new blog has been setup to provide up-to-date, relevent information for Lymington Yacht Haven and Haven Quay dry stack. For information from our other locations, or for information prior to 11th May 2020, please visit www.yachthavens.com/covid19.

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