Boat Licenses


Boat Licenses are conditionally available to registered Association members who shall be permanent residents of Lympstone Parish, subject to availability of space.

All vessels using LFHA property shall be licensed by the Harbour Board and display a current license label at all times.

The number of vessels per type (moored/tidal harbour berthed, associated tenders, dinghies & racked craft) are limited to one  per household.


Canoes, kayaks & rigid surfboards can be accommodated if there is available space on the horizontal & vertical racks.

Tenders, less than 3.5m overall, to licensed moored vessels, are permitted with trolleys on the hardstanding over summer.  Most are expected to be removed from the Harbour over winter.  They may also be stored in the tidal harbour or on a beach- or swing-moorings.

Dinghies with launching trolleys are permitted on the hardstanding during the summer season limited by available space.

Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboards (ISUPs) may not be stored at the Harbour and users are encouraged to launch from the Beach  especially when other boating activity takes place from the slipway.  Such craft are classified as Homebased Portable Craft (HPC). These too are licensed.

To enquire more, browse Members’ FAQs then email the Membership Secretary 


Summer:  LFHA owns the fundus within its property and we currently have no restriction on licensing moorings.  Moorings are tidal & drying so bilge keelers are better suited.

Winter: most cruisers are stored on the hardstanding over winter, but we currently operate near the limit of capacity.  There are also limits to the size and type of vessel that can be craned, whilst owners with trailers can launch & retrieve their vessels either for storage on the hardstanding, subject to available space, or for removal from the Harbour.  Trailerd vessels must be launched before April craning and retrieved after October craning subject to space after craning.  No trailers may be stored empty at the Harbour.

Some vessels can also be berthed in the tidal harbour (wet harbour) over winter. 
Year-round mooring of such vessels over is possible, but not recommended.

Transfer between land and water: there are two ways that cruisers can transition between land and water: 

1   Crane – hired by LFHA twice a year on specific dates, costs shared.
2   DIY launching & recovery from the slipway using a road trailer.  If the vessel is licensed for storage on the hardstanding, launching must occur before the Spring craning, and recovery must occur after the Autumn craning, subject to available space.

Multihull owners  should discuss their needs with the Harbour Board as further restrictions may apply.


Large ribs are not elegible to be stored on the hardstanding at any time, and are not craned.    A limited number can be berthed in the tidal harbour (wet harbour), space permitting, otherwise they may be moored.

Lympstone moorings are not suitable for most vessels over winter.