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Harbour Master Update – December 2017

14th Dec 2017
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Another season has passed and here we are again getting ready for Christmas. Christmas trees are going up, boats are getting lifted out and nights are drawing in.

It has been a busy year with many new changes and enhancements to the river. The team are now undertaking maintenance of the moorings and getting the river ready for another season.

Shower Block Refurbishment

We are half way through the rebuild of the shower block. This is something that we have been working towards for quite a while and the improved facilities will bring us firmly into the 21st Century. The new facilities will be more spacious and include a seating area. If you would like to view the plans, they are up on the notice board in the harbour office.

Exciting Events Planned For 2018

We are planning to continue with the pop-up restaurant that was such a success at the end of August. The next pop-up restaurant will be in April and we hope to run a number of these evenings throughout the summer.

We are also looking to hold other events throughout the summer including our own bring and buy boat jumble.


Since the high speed broadband has been tied into the system, we have been working very hard to ensure that the new WiFi system is fit for purpose and providing the signal speed/strength you have been hoping for.

The marina and mid-river pontoon set up are now complete, but do let us know if you are having any issues.

Navigational Upgrades

Over the last month we have installed a total of 5 new lateral marks and 8 new lights on the river. The aim of these is to make it easier to enter the river by day, and especially by night.

The reason that the new buoys seem further into the channel is that they are now marking the channel, and not the mud at the edge of it! There should now be a minimum of 1m at Chart Datum if you are on the correct side of the buoys and you are now able to run from one lit mark to the next without running into the marsh in between.

Working Quay

The working quay has now been re-built and is available for scrub-offs. Please contact the harbour office for any scrubbing grid bookings (01590 616200 or harbour.office@beaulieu.co.uk).

Boatyard Services & Discounts

In a change to the boatyard offers, all berth and mooring holders get 10% off all lifts and launches plus one month’s free storage at any time of the year now. This is already proving popular so please contact us to make a booking, as we are rapidly filling up for the winter. Further details can be found here.

If we could also ask that all headsails are removed from boats stored ashore, and to make sure that mainsails/covers are firmly secured.

Getting Ready For Winter

Last year storm Katie hit us with a vengeance and caused damage throughout the river. These storms seem to becoming more regular and we can only learn lessons from them and be prepared for the next one. Below are a few easy steps, which, if followed, could help lessen the damage:

Berthing lines – all berthing lines should be either braided or multi plait nylon or polyester. The lines should be of a size suitable for your vessel and may need to be considerably larger than those which you use during the sailing season. All berthing lines (i.e. breasts and springs) should be doubled up, preferably with separate lengths of rope in the winter.

Fairleads and cleats – check all your fairleads and cleats to eliminate sharp edges. It is amazing how quickly a rope can be destroyed by a sharp edge on a fairlead.

Fenders – make sure that your fenders are properly inflated and securely attached. Ideally, they should be concentrated at the widest point, with others spaced evenly along the rest of the topsides.

Sails and dodgers – ideally, sails and dodgers should be removed for the winter. If you must leave furled genoas bent on, do not rely solely on the furling line to keep the sail furled – a snapped furling line will result in a shredded genoa.

Spray hoods/cockpit enclosures/covers – if these must remain in place during the winter, make sure that they are properly secured and consider frapping them for the winter (i.e. pass additional ropes over the top of the canvas).

Bow to prevailing conditions – most boats will suffer less risk of damage if they are moored facing the prevailing wind (as far as possible).

Insurance – check your insurance. Are you covered for the winter months on your mooring? Is Third Party sufficient to protect your investment?

Routine checks – check your boat regularly, especially if high winds are forecast. It is unrealistic to leave your boat on its mooring at the end of the summer season and expect that all will be well when you return six months later, unless you check it regularly throughout the winter. A check once a fortnight is recommended.

Mooring Strops – Check you have 2 lines attached and that they are fed through the fairlead and are fit for purpose. If you require a new strop, please contact the dock masters for further information.

Tenders – If you keep a tender or dory on the fuel jetty, please remember to check it regularly especially if we have experienced a lot rain. Although the team regularly check everyone’s boats your assistance is required especially if a storm has been forecasted. If you require further advice, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Lastly we would like to say thank you for all your support over the last year and any comments or suggestions on how we can improve are always welcome.


We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Wendy, Adam and the Beaulieu River Team

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