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COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Statement

Welcome Back To Boating

Updated 4th June 2020 

After receiving further information from RYA Scotland and the government, we have updated our Safe Boating guidelines to provide more clarification for boaters on the current levels on restrictions.

 The key points from the guidance are:

  • You are not permitted to land your boat on a beach or island
  • You cannot stay overnight at a holiday home or second home, which we are taking will apply to boats also. For now, boating is therefore limited to day trips from the marina.
  • Leisure activities must only take place with members from your immediate household.

Take a closer look at our updated SAFE BOATING guidelines by clicking on the image to enlarge it.

Largs Yacht Haven Safe Boating V2

 

 

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Welcome Back To Boating - Updated 28th May 2020

I would like to sincerely thank you all for adhering to government advice since the start of the lockdown.

Following clarification from the Scottish government that we are moving to Phase 1 of the easing of lockdown restrictions, I am very pleased to confirm that many of you will once again be able to enjoy your boats on the wonderful Firth of Clyde and beyond. All forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing and the use of privately owned motorised craft, are now allowed, however this will apply to local residents only.

There remain many restrictions within the Phase 1 framework. You can read the full guidelines here, but we'd like to draw your attention to these important facts relative to boating and visiting your boat:

  • You are currently advised to stay local to your primary residence to undertake leisure activities.
  • Leisure activities must only take place with members from your immediate household.
  • You cannot stay overnight at a holiday home or second home, which we are taking will apply to boats also. For now, boating is therefore limited to day trips from the marina. 
  • All social distancing measures remain in place.

Our Marina Reception is closed to the public but we are on duty 24 hours a day so please call us on 01475 675333 should you require any assistance. The toilet facilities within the Marina Reception are open for berth holders only.

We 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.

Take a closer look at our new SAFE BOATING guidelines by clicking on the image to enlarge it.

Largs Yacht Haven Safe Boating

 

Furthermore, we have introduced an extensive range of precautionary measures around the marina to protect you, your fellow boaters and our Haven Staff. You can read our comprehensive measures here.

Read our new measures

Our boat lifting operations will resume on Friday 29th May and we are working hard through the backlog of boats that were due to be launched/lifted last month. As normal, our hoist is running 7 days a week with 12 hour shifts Monday to Friday. If you'd like to arrange a lift out or launch off, please call us on 01475 675333 or email largs@yachthavens.com.

Largs Chandlery will be re-opening their hardware section only from Friday 29th May. Visit www.largschandlers.co.uk or call 01475 686026.

Bosun's Table cafe will be offering a takeaway service for coffees, light lunches and cakes from Friday 29th May. For their latest menu and updates, follow them at Facebook.com/BosunsLargs.

Restrictions allow only 2 people into the cafe and chandlery at any one time, so please respect this guideline during your visit.

Despite moving to Phase 1, we must all continue to play within the rules and have thoughts for the frontline workers who continue to battle 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 your Yacht Haven

Carolyn Elder,
Director, Largs Yacht Haven

YHG Safe Boating With Yacht Havens Passing On Pontoons

 

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Updated 11th May 2020

The announcement from Scotland's First Minister yesterday has been very clear and the message for Scotland is still the same; Stay at home.

For now, lock down continues in Scotland and boating in Scotland must wait a bit longer. We must continue to stay off the water to support the effort to contain the spread of the Coronavirus and protect the capacity of the NHS and our frontline emergency services.

The advice remains for you to stay at home, to adhere to social distancing instructions and to avoid all non-essential travel. A small number of adjustments have been made to the regulations including allowing people to exercise more than once a day, but people should stay local. This means any exercise should start and end at home and not involve going a significant distance from home.

In addition to the advice of the Scottish Government, we are following the guidance of RYA Scotland and you can read their latest statement, dated 11th May 2020, here. 

Our Haven Teams and modern security systems remain in place to maintain safety and security and to take care of your boats. Our normal operating hours are continuing and we have taken steps to safeguard our staff by rolling out new operating practices and providing PPE to all employees. We are out on the pontoons every day, checking lines, fenders and sail covers and keeping an eye on everything.

Please continue to stay safe in these times and we very much look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. 

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Updated 30th April 2020

Keeping you and your boat safe

A sincere thank you to all of our berth holders and guests for adhering to government advice by not frequenting our marinas during the period of lockdown, and therefore helping to reduce social interaction and the risk of spreading the virus.

Government guidelines have classified marinas in the same way as holiday parks, caravan parks and mobile home sites. Travelling to these locations, and staying overnight in temporary residences, is not permitted. Please do not self-isolate onboard your boat or stay onboard overnight. You should stay in your primary residence.

As we face an extended lockdown into early-May, we are very aware how much we are all missing boating, even if it is just pottering around on your boats in the marina, checking batteries and dehumidifiers etc.

We want to reassure you, our Haven Teams and modern security systems remain in place to maintain safety and security across all of our sites and to take care of your boats. Our normal operating hours are continuing across all our locations but we have taken steps to safeguard our staff by rolling out new operating practices and providing PPE to all employees. We are out on the pontoons every day, checking lines, fenders and sail covers and keeping an eye on everything.

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.

Our Haven Teams are happy to undertake any checks of your boat and its systems on your behalf. This may include:

  • Checking batteries
  • Checking dehumidifiers
  • Turning appliances on/off
  • If you have left perishable goods onboard, then our Haven Team can remove these items and donate/dispose of them as appropriate.

Please continue to communicate with us remotely, by phone and email. We are here to support you and take care of your boat.

Some of our resident marine businesses have changed their working practices to abide by Government guidelines. As a result, many of these marine services can help prepare your boat so it is ready for post-lockdown. Contact your marina office for their contact information.

We have no doubt that, in time, we will all be enjoying our freedom to go boating again. For the time being, we are setting up new safe practices and social distancing measures to help prepare for a safe return to boating as soon as restrictions are lifted.

Please continue to stay safe in these times and we very much look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

 

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Update: 24th March 2020

Our commitment to you

Following last night’s instruction from the Government, we must all focus on how best to protect and support our families, employees, customers and communities in the face of this unfolding crisis.

We are following the advice from the UK Government and regional Public Health bodies and we kindly urge our customers to do the same. We encourage you to stay at home, to adhere to social distancing instructions and to avoid all non-essential travel.

At Yacht Havens, with immediate effect, we will be battening down the hatches and taking every appropriate measure to help keep our customers, our staff and your boats safe.

Our teams will be on-site to maintain security and to take care of your boats. We will be out on the pontoons, checking lines and boats and keeping an eye on everything, so please rest assured that your boat remains safe in our care.

Until further notice, we will stop operating our hoist, except for emergencies.

Please continue to communicate with us remotely, by phone and email. We are here to support you and take care of your boat during these unprecedented times.

We will continue to keep you updated and we welcome you to get in touch if you have any questions about our approach to COVID-19.

We have no doubt that, in time, we will all be enjoying our boating again.

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

 

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Update: 16th March 2020

At Yacht Havens, we have been operating marinas for nearly 50 years, but the speed and ever-changing situation relating to COVID-19 virus is a new situation for us all. 

For now, our current status is that we are open for business as normal.

It is our top priority to ensure our Yacht Havens are a safe environment for our berth holders, visitors and staff. A place where you can relax, spend quality time onboard, and enjoy the boating life.

We are closely monitoring the daily changing situation and Government guidelines. The latest major update from the government is surrounding what people should do if they develop particular symptoms. The guidance is now for people to stay at home for 14 days if they have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough.

  • If you or anyone in your household are not feeling well, we ask you to please postpone your visit to the marina until you’re feeling better.
  • If you do need to stay at home or you’re feeling unwell, don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you have any queries or you need us to carry out any checks on your boat.
  • We are reviewing our staff rotas to minimise the risk to our Haven Teams, and to ensure that we can continue to operate our business as usual.
  • We are increasing our cleaning rotas to ensure that all surfaces, doors, card payment machines and security keypads on doors and gates are disinfected more frequently.
  • For the foreseeable future, we will not be accepting cash. Card or BACS transfers are the preferred methods of payment.
  • Each of our Yacht Havens will be further assessed on a site-by-side basis

The situation and Government guidelines are changing daily and as a result our response will be dynamic. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Haven Team.

For now, it is business as usual at all our Yacht Havens and, on behalf of the entire team, we wish you an enjoyable season ahead on the water.