Update 6th November


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.

Going boating for exercise
Sport England have confirmed that boaters in England can continue to exercise on the open waterways (which includes coastal waters), for example, canoeing, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing and the use of privately owned motorised craft so long as you’re 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.

There’s no limit on the amount of time spent exercising outdoors, or the amount of times per day you exercise outdoors.

Organised races through the local yacht clubs are not permitted to go ahead.

Our Haven Team will remain on-site 24/7
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 teams are on-site 24/7 and we are 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. Our wide range of on site businesses are continuing their operations and can provide additional support if you’re unable to attend your boat in person, or help prepare your boat for lifting.

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 Lymington Yacht Haven are also continuing their operations and 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 if they have any limitations or restrictions. Nick Cox Chandlery is open from 9am until 1pm for convenience items and Click & Collect is available for boating items.

The Haven Bar & Restaurant
The Haven Bar & Restaurant closed yesterday with the hope of reopening in early December once permitted.


As mentioned, our Haven Team are here on-site 24/7 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.

Please continue to communicate with us remotely wherever possible by calling us on 01590 677071 or by email to lymington@yachthavens.com.

All the best,

Rupert Wagstaff,
Marina Director

Updated 3rd November


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 can remain open and we will continue with all our boatyard operations. The Haven Bar will sadly once again have to close its doors with the final sitting being on Wednesday evening.

We are seeking further guidance on how the new restrictions will affect the Yacht Haven and you, in terms of visiting your boat. This is unlikely to become clear until after legislation has been through Parliament this week. However, it is clear that no overnight stays will be allowed on boats from Thursday. If your boat is due to be lifted ashore over lockdown I would encourage you to take the opportunity this week to carry out any preparations, such as removing headsails. If you are unable to visit your boat, rest assured the team will be here to help.

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 Lymington Harbour Commissioners. We will update you by email as soon as possible.

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.

Rupert Wagstaff,
Director, Lymington Yacht Haven

Update 24th September

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

All visitors to the Marina Office must complete a Track & Trace registration. This can be completed in two 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 should wear a face covering when using any indoor facility at the Yacht Haven including the washrooms, laundry and when visiting the Marina Office.

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.

There are various changes to services at The Haven Bar & Restaurant including a new 10pm closing time. You can read more about their new opening hours and safety measures here.

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.

All the very best.

Rupert Wagstaff,
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 24th June 2020 

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

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

We share your excitement at the prospect of spending nights afloat whether it be safely tied up in the Yacht Haven or at your favourite anchorage in the Solent.

We will also once again be welcoming visiting boats to the marina so don't forget to tell us if you are going away, even if just for one night, so we can earn you some money by sub-letting your berth to visitors.

Also applicable 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 allow everyone to 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.

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

  • The Haven Bar & Restaurant will reopen on Saturday 4th July with a takeaway service available from 1st July. Demand for tables will be high so please book a table at HavenRestaurant.co.uk
  • Nick Cox Chandlery will reopen their full retail service in addition to their chandlery and convenience store. Their Click & Collect service is still available at NickCoxChandlery.co.uk
  • Boat sales and boat viewings are available with AncastaDiscovery Yachts and Offshore Powerboats.
  • Boat servicing, engineering and repairs are available from JEremy Rogers, Ropewalk Marine, Greenham Regis, Ocean Rigging and Haven Covers.

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!

Rupert Wagstaff
Marina Director


Updated 18th June 2020

As the UK is slowly easing its way out of lockdown, we’re hopeful that soon there will be a further easing of restrictions on overnight stays. For now, we're doing as much as we can to navigate the new guidelines and operate a safe environment for you to enjoy your boating.

In anticipation of the proposed re-opening of hospitality venues, we’re excited to share plans for The Haven Bar & Restaurant to re-open its doors from Saturday 4th July, subject to Government confirmation.

To get things off to a safe start, they’ll be limiting their capacity and are therefore anticipating a high demand, so pre-booking will be essential. While the team is busy preparing and adapting everything for a safe re-opening, they've opened up bookings from Saturday 4th July onwards.

For more information or to book a table, visit The Haven website

In addition to the proposed reopening, The Haven are launching a new HAVEN TO-GO service from 1st July 2020, with fresh favourites from The Haven served up in environmentally-friendly, compostable boxes sealed in a recyclable paper bag for you to collect and enjoy on the go, onboard or at home.

Keep an eye on their social feeds and website, where they’ll be announcing a new takeaway menu and everything you need to know to order a HAVEN TO-GO very soon!

Marina Services

Our Fuel Station is open as normal, simply call us on 01590 677071 or VHF CH 80 on your approach and a member of the Team will come and serve you, from a safe distance.

All boatyard services are now up and running with availability for lifting, launching, and our special Summer Scrubs, from just £14 per metre.

Safe Boating

Before visiting your boat, please remind yourself and your fellow crew of our 'Safe Boating' advice to help ensure everyone remains safe and respects social distancing at the Yacht Haven.


Updated 14th May

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


Lymington Life Ring Safety

Welcome Back to Boating - Updated 13th May 2020

Dear Berth Holders,

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 Western Solent and beyond. All forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing and the use of privately owned motorized craft are now permitted provided they are undertaken within social distancing measures and only with members of the same household.

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 enjoy boating responsibly.

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 01590 677071 or email sarah@lymingtonyachthaven.com

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 on-site.

Looking forward to welcoming you back to your Yacht Heaven!

Rupert Wagstaff 
Marina Director

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. 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 Solent, and, if we are allowed, what restrictions there might be in place.

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. Further updates will follow in the next few days.

Rupert Wagstaff
Marina Director

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