VHF Channel 68

'Beaulieu River Radio'
01590 616200
Beaulieu River > Safety and Regulations

Staying safe on the Beaulieu River

The Beaulieu River team work hard to ensure all visitors and vessels remain safe when using the river. Please help us to achieve this by observing the following safety rules.


  • wear lifejackets
  • keep your speed below the maximum of 5 knots and ensure minimum wash for the entire length of the river.
  • keep to the starboard side of Fairway.
  • wear kill cords where fitted.
  • ensure dogs are kept on leads at all times

Not permitted

  • swimming, jet-skiing, water-skiing or board sailing.
  • securing dogs or children to canoes or kayaks.
  • mooring onto navigation buoys, beacons or marks.
  • underwater diving activities without permission from the Harbour Master.
  • operating your vehicle while intoxicated.
  • the flying of drones.

When arriving

  • from outside the UK you must call the National Yachtline (0300 123 20212) on arrival in the UK. If you have animals on board, you must have the correct paperwork from an authorised port of entry before using the river.
  • all commercial vessels, vessels over 20m, and vessels not under command, restricted in ability to manoeuvre, or towing another vessel or structure are requested to give notice of their movements by calling Beaulieu River Radio on VHF channel 68.

Man overboard

  • in a man overboard situation, call for help and then try to assist but without putting yourself in danger. There are emergency ladders on all marina and river pontoons. Call channel 68.


  • take care on the pontoons when wet, frosty or icy.

Covid-19 safety measures

Please also refer to our coronavirus update section for safety guidance.


Please also refer to our notices section for active notices.

Boatyard safety

If you are using the boatyard, please follow our boatyard safety guidelines.

  • Vessels with mast (s) in place are more at risk in severe weather conditions. All Sails on head stays and dodgers must be removed from vessels prior to being lifted out. On lift out, if sails etc. are still fitted, a removal charge will be made and may delay the lift out.
  • It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure the vessel is watertight prior to launch.
  • Beaulieu Enterprise Ltd will not be held responsible for any damage caused to logs & skin fittings when lifting. Blanks should be fitted as best practice. Boats should be marked along the deck edge for location of lift strops, or owners to be on hand to advise.
  • Whilst boats are ashore, no person is allowed to climb the mast or be hoisted aloft.
  • Engines must not be started whilst the boats are ashore unless agreed in advance with the harbour office, and only for essential works.
  • All rubbish, including discarded paint and solvent tins must be disposed of in the correct bins provided. The area around your boat must be kept clean.
  • Do not contaminate the general waste or recycling bins with hazardous items. This will result in extra charges.
  • Do not pour waste liquids down the drains or into the river.
  • Be considerate to neighbours when using machinery especially in later hours of the day. Noise should be kept to a minimum.
  • No welding, work with naked flames, grit/sand/water blasting or spray painting may take place in the boatyard without prior agreement.
  • No smoking in the buildings.
  • Boat shores are NOT to be moved by anyone other than Harbour Staff.
  • No use of sea toilets, sinks, showers or other through hull exits.
  • No living / sleeping onboard boats ashore
  • Noise levels to be kept to minimum after 20.00 hours
  • Contractors must be adequately insured and report to the Harbour Office on arrival and departure. Contractors are to provide Beaulieu Harbour staff with a copy of their third party liability insurance policy for a minimum of £3 million cover. Contractors should follow the supplied Guidelines for working on site that covers HSE rules compliance.
  • It is assumed that your vessel is in a launchable condition, however if you have had any skin fittings changed please let us know in writing prior to launch and we will check these at the time of launching or an engineer can be booked at owners request and cost.
  • LOA is length overall of the boat including davits, bowsprits, boarding ladders, sterndrives, tenders, outboards, rudders, anchors, pulpits, pushpits and any other extensions fore and aft of the boat.
  • The customer and any other person entering any part of our premises and/or facilities for whatever purpose and whether by invitation or otherwise do so at their own risk.
  • No unaccompanied or unsupervised children are allowed within the Yacht Harbour site and dogs must be kept on leads at all times.
  • Owners of vessels must provide their own forms of suitable access onto their vessels once ashore.
  • Ladders or Staging that are not of a suitable nature will be removed on Health & Safety grounds. The equipment must be of an accepted industry standard.
  • All vessels must be kept in a satisfactory condition while being stored ashore
  • Any vessels that are to be tented must have prior approval from the hoist operations manager or Harbour Master. Owners are advised that Beaulieu Enterprises Ltd reserves the right, in extreme circumstances, to request the tent to be removed at the owner’s cost in order that the vessel can be re-sited within the yard.

Slipway safety

Before launching

  • Pre-book your launch here
  • Check your car is in good working condition, particularly the handbrake.
  • If you are going to leave your car attached to the trailer whilst launching, switch off the engine, leave in gear, and make sure the handbrake is fully applied.
  • Check weather & tidal conditions. We advise against launching and recovering in the hours of darkness unless you are familiar with the slipway.
  • Do not block access; rig your boat away from the slipway.
  • Assess the area for risks such as slips, trips and falls.
  • Be aware of pedestrians and other users of the slipway.
  • Attach a safety line to your trailer.
  • Check any bungs are in place.
  • Never stand behind a boat whilst it is being launched or recovered.
  • When parking a boat and trailer in the dinghy park, check that both are secure.


  • Please wear a lifejacket.
  • The slipway should not be used 2 hours either side of low water due to steep drop off.
  • Be aware of people around you, including people launching boats by hand.
  • Tie up your boat securely.
  • Remove your car, trailer or hand trailer correctly.

Port Marine Safety Code

We are committed to the safety of all users and comply with the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code.

Any concerns?

The marina is manned from 08:00 – 20:30 in the summer and 08:00 – 16:30 in winter, with security outside these hours.

Please report any incidents or concerns to the Harbour Master’s Office via VHF channel 68 Beaulieu River Radio or by calling 01590 616200. Out of hours please call 999.

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