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COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Statement

Safe Boating With Yacht Havens

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 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.
  3. Use your berth holder fob – all fobs are assigned to an individual boat owner and, if requested, we’ll be able to extract data via this system.

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.

There are various changes to services at The Bridge At Mount Batten 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.

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.

Steve Kitchen,
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 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 our summer nights onboard whether it be safely tied up in the Yacht Haven or at your favourite anchorage in the Sound or beyond. 

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 a night, so we can earn you some money by Sub-Letting your berth to a visitor.

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 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.

YH Safe Boating A3 Poster AWK Plym 24Th June


Following the latest Government announcements, many other businesses based at Plymouth Yacht Haven will be reopening or extended the services they’re able to provide. Many businesses will be operating differently to normal so please be prepared things to look unusual compared to what you’re used to.

Our Fuel Station remains open 24/7 in addition to our boat lifting services which are available 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!

Steve Kitchen
Marina Director




Updated 5th June 2020

It has been great to see so many of you enjoying your boats again. There's a real air of positivity around the marina and we're all in a very fortunate position to be allowed on the water once again.

We'd like to remind you of the current restrictions that remain in place for boaters:

  • For the time-being, boating can only be undertaken with members of your immediate household, or up to 5 people from outside your household as long as they are following social distancing guidelines.
  • You must return to your primary residence each night. The government guidelines still restrict overnight stays at any place other than your primary home. This includes being at anchor away from a marina. To spice up your day sailing, we've thought of five great activities to make the most of your day sailing trips. Read them here
  • Social distancing remains in place throughout the Yacht Haven and should continue when out on the water.
  • Please avoid gathering in groups on the pontoon.

Before visiting your boat, please read our 'Safe Boating' advice to ensure you, your family, your fellow berth holders and our staff all remain safe at the Yacht Haven. Click on the poster below to enlarge it.

Safe Boating

For the time being, our Marina Office remains closed to berth holders. Please use the intercom system on the stairwell if you require assistance, and follow the one-way system through the main building. Our team remain on-site 24/7 and are happy to provide assistance if you require.

We understand everyone wants to use the water, and we’re loath to be killjoys, however we are seeing lots of paddleboarders (SUPs) and kayakers coming in to the marina. This is not allowed, and is potentially dangerous, as big boat movements are continual at the moment. We are taking measures to prevent this, but as berth holders, please set a good example by not using watersports craft in the marina confines.

Finally, thank you to so many of you who have sent messages and tokens of thanks for the continued efforts of my team, including our cleaners, who have kept our doors open and carried out boat checking throughout the pandemic. There are literally too many for me to reply to individually, and we are all very touched by your support.

We can’t wait to see everyone back safely soon - a long summer has been ordered!





Updated 18th May 2020

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.

Download our guidance

YHG Safe Boating With Yacht Havens Passing On Pontoons




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.

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 Sound 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.

Take a look at our new safe boating guidelines to familiarise yourself before heading down to the marina: 

Plymouth 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 01752 404231 or email viki@plymouthyachthaven.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!

Steve Kitchen
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 Sound, and, if we are allowed, what restrictions there might be in place.

We will be reviewing the detailed Government guidance published 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.

Steve Kitchen
Marina Director




Updated 10th May 2020

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