FAQ: I am new to Lympstone. What do I need to know if I wish to own & use a boat here?
Our Association came into being to manage & administer boating facilities on behalf of the landowner. Later, the Association purchased the whole harbour area* & 48 acres of foreshore & moorings (fundus), stretching from Darling Rock to Courtlands Cross, for the benefit of Lympstone boat users.
The Association appoints a Harbour Board as its Executive Committee & it is the Board's duty to operate & maintain the harbour & the fundus according to maritime, civil & environmental legislation for the benefit of its members. The Board promulgates Rules for its members, sets & collects license fees, organises & regulates the harbour & the fundus & maintains the Harbour Walls & Slipway whilst holding stewardship of the Association's finances. The Harbour Board meets on 11 months of the year to conduct its business whilst the Association meets at an Annual General Meeting in order to ratify Rules, elect members of the Board including the senior officers & endorse proposals for fee rates & any other exceptional business in need of common assent.
All boat owners who wish to launch, berth or moor their vessels on LFHA property (below Mean High Water Spring Tides in Lympstone) must be current LFHA members who have paid their license fees. Currently, new membership is restricted to permanent Lympstone residents. Management of the Association is carried out by part-time, unpaid volunteers & is thus rule-based. Members must comply with the Rules - the simplest one is always to ask the Harbour Board first, before making any changes.
LFHA operates a two-season regime. In the summer season (roughly 6 months), cruisers and dayboats must be kept on moorings most of which are in the tidal estuary and which dry-out, although there is some capacity within the similarly tidal drying harbour. Sailing dinghies and tenders to moored vessels occupy the hard-standing (summer dry-berths). During the winter 6 months, dinghies & tenders are removed from LFHA property and the summer moored fleet (subject to size limits) are craned onto that space (winter dry-berths). Again, there is limited space in the wet harbour for some vessels to over-winter there (winter wet-berth).
Twice a year, usually during April and October depending on sufficient spring tide - at least 3.8m, the Harbour Board hires a mobile crane and lifts heavy boats between the brook and the hardstanding.
* The only area at the harbour not owned by the Association is the area of ground upon which the Lympstone Sailing Club Clubhouse stands.
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