Winter & Boatyard Safety

Winter Safety Afloat

Berth holders are reminded that the winter poses increased hazards for boat users. In particular could we draw your attention to:

  • Cold sea water temperature
  • Increased frequency of stormy weather
  • Longer hours of darkness
  • Ice or frost in the car park and on the pontoons

At this time of the year there are less people about and with hatches, doors and windows closed, your calls for assistance are less likely to be heard! Therefore, for your safety may we suggest the following:

  • Lifejackets are worn on the pontoons in icy or stormy weather and always after dark.
  • In inclement conditions you are much safer in pairs!
  • If you are staying onboard overnight please let our staff know.
  • If you walking alone to or from your boat at night let our staff know and they can monitor your progress using our CCTV cameras.
  • Buy a waterproof case for your phone (the chandlery has them!) so that you could summon assistance if you fell in and needed help. The marina phone number is 01752 556633 or at night 07840 116853.
  • Remind yourself of the location of rescue ladders on the route to/from your berth.
  • If you have a boarding ladder un-tether it so that you could deploy it if you were in the water.
  • Check out ‘Float to Live’ by the RNLI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OBCFEEZe1U

Pontoon Salting

Please note that in frosty weather we will salt the access bridge and the main walkway pontoon up to the breakwater and the main walkway to the end of H pontoon. We will not salt finger pontoons unless we are specifically asked to do so by berth holders. A bucket of sea water is a quick and clean way to remove light deck frost.

Lastly, if you need assistance please ask – we’re happy to help!

Winter Safety in the Boatyard

Berth holders are reminded that with boats ashore over the winter, unfamiliar hazards are/could be present:

  • Walking on decks high above ground – Please be careful when on the decks of your boat. There are plenty of things to trip over and the consequences of falling off your boat could be very serious.
  • Ladder access – check that your ladder is in good condition and tie off the top so that it doesn’t slip.
  • Power cables draped across the car park – There are a myriad of power cables over the surface of the car park. Please watch your step, particularly at night.
  • Adjusting cradles – Please don’t be tempted to adjust cradle legs when antifouling – ask a member of staff to do it for you.
  • Fire – With so many boats in such close proximity to each other the consequences of a fire in the boatyard could be very serious. Please check that your electrical appliances are in good condition and let us know if you are staying onboard.