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How is the LFHA boating year organised?

The LFHA ‘year’ starts and ends at the AGM which is usually held in February.  The Harbour and moorings are administered on a roughly 6-month rotation,  winter (Oct - April) & summer.


Proposed License fees ratified by members attending the AGM

Draft invoices sent to all members, using latest fee rates but based on previous year’s licenses.  Opportunity for members to redefine their needs.

Deadlines for 3 options: standard payment, 120% late payment and automatic exclusion through non-communication.

April  (usually)

Depending on suitable tides, the Harbour Board announces the date on which the winter-dry-berthed cruisers are craned into the water, with associated deadlines for owner actions.

Announcements by email, website and Noticeboard: dates by which various boat groups must be moved:

a) owner-launching summer moored vessels

b) dinghies on hardstanding

c) masted vessels on the east edge of the wet-harbour

The Harbour will be closed to the public during craning and restricted for members in general.

There will be a period after craning day during which ‘woods’ are removed and the site cleaned-up.

A time and date will be announced at which the Harbour is Opened to dinghies and other summer-only-licensed vessels

Once Open, there is a relatively short first-come-first served period until the hardstanding is declared Full. No further vessels may be brought to the hardstanding without emailed consent of the Harbour Board. Owners who fail to obtain a berth but have paid for one may be refunded on request.

October End of Sailing Season

Close of Harbour to dinghies etc.  About a week before craning, all dinghies and summer-only licensed rowing boats, canoes & tenders must be removed from the harbour. Tenders to vessels yet to be craned and still on Lympstone moorings may remain on the hardstanding until the day before craning.  Owners whose vessels are not being craned but will be retrieved to the hardstanding themselves are not permitted to bring their vessels ashore before craning is completed.

During the days between the closure of the Harbour and including Craning Day, no vessels or trailers may be brought to the Harbour to keep the area clear for tidying-up and layout marking. Once the tidy-up is completed, trailers to receive craned vessels may be brought to the northern edge of the hardstanding.

Craning Ashore

 Owners of vessels being craned must sign in at the Safety Briefing at the start of proceedings and have paid a craning fee for the day.

After craning there is a period including two weekends to allow owner-retrievers to bring their vessels to the hardstanding after which requests to berth dinghies for over-winter sailing will be considered by the Harbour Board.

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