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.

  • 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.
  • Please don’t jet-ski, water-ski or board sail on the river.
  • Swimming is not permitted in the river.
  • Kill cords should be worn where fitted.
  • We encourage all river users to wear lifejackets.
  • 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.
  • Have fun, but please don’t endanger your life or others by operating you vessel whilst intoxicated.
  • Take care on the pontoons when wet, frosty or icy.
  • To ensure their safety, please ensure dogs are kept on leads at all times and don’t secure dogs or children to canoes or kayaks. 
  • Anchoring is only allowed below Needs Ore.
  • Please do not moor onto navigation buoys, beacons or marks.
  • If arriving from outside the UK with animals on board, you must have the correct paperwork from an authorised port of entry before using the river.
  • Underwater diving activities are not allowed without permission from the Harbour Master.
  • 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.


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 laid up ashore during the period 1st
    October to 31st March. 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 Enterprises 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 off in the correct bins
  • 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.
  • 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 £2 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.
    Owners of vessels must provide their own forms of suitable access onto their vessels once
  • 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

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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