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Lympstone Harbour operates a two ‘season’ year. From April to October, the summer season, sailing dinghies occupy the majority of the hard-standing, along with tenders and canoes. At the start of winter, dinghies etc are removed from the Harbour by their owners and the larger vessels which have been moored in the Estuary are lifted from the brook to the hard-standing by mobile crane.  The Harbour Board organises this craning of members' vessels.  Owners who wish to transfer vessels themselves can do so at certain times. *See Note below



There is usually a waiting list of members wanting a winter dry-berth for their summer-moored vessels.  If a vacancy becomes available towards the end of a sailing season, with your vessel at the top of the List, you would be contacted by the Harbour Board to confirm that you wished to take up a berth and share the cost of crane hire, before craning day.  The fee has been £50 recently but is dependent on the number lifts taken and the hire charge.  In April, the fee is included in the new season/year invoice. That however only covers the April lift.

About a week before craning day, all members having their vessels craned must sign a Craning Indemnity Notice that will be posted on the LSC lobby Noticeboard.  Details of craning day itself will be sent to owners.  Owners must attend the start of the safety briefing and adhere to instructions given.

Craning and winter dry-berthing are only available to vessels that have been on LFHA moorings during the summer.

*Note:  Important to boatowners who move their vessels to or from licensed winter dry-berths independently of craning…..

In order to allow maximum flexibility to craning operations, boat owners who move their vessels to or from licensed winter dry-berths independently of craning must only do so BEFORE craning afloat (in April) and AFTER craning ashore (in October).

No vessel with a raised mast is allowed on the southern half of the east wall of the wet harbour on craning day.  Contact the Chairman.