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.
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
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
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.