Members’ FAQs


What are the differences?

Licenses are issued to Members on a six- or twelve-month basis by the Harbour Board.  License fees are set annually covering the various options available.

Membership  During the year in which Licenses are issued, the holders are automatically LFHA Members.   There is no Membership fee.

 Income from License fees fund the governance and upkeep of the Harbour on a sustainable and non-profit making basis.

annual roll-over of Licenses

Ahead of the start of a new LFHA year in April (usually), Members are invoiced for the year ahead based on their current licenses with the options to repeat or change them.

 As membership and licenses lapse at the AGM, rather than every member having to re-apply   each year, the Harbour Board issues invoices to all lapsed members based on their previous season’s licences.   This is done by email following the AGM.

On payment of license fees, a receipt in the form of a self-adhesive Licence Label is issued.  This Label must be prominently displayed on the vessel whilst it remains or operates from LFHA property.

The issuing of licenses before the start of the sailing season does not guarantee that there will be space for your vessel when it is brought to the Harbour.  Space for dinghies is taken on a first-come first-served basis once the Harbour is declared open to summer licensees.  Refunds will be available if space is not found.

The LFHA Activity year

The Association year starts and ends with the AGM which is usually held in February.  The year is divided into two halves, Summer and Winter.  Following the AGM, previous year’s Members receive an emailed invoice, which by default repeat the previous year’s Licenses.  Members may of course request alterations to the invoice at any time.

Once Licenses are agreed and paid-for, self-adhesive License Labels are issued as a visual receipt which shall be displayed on every craft when on LFHA property.

The date of the start of the Summer season for the berthing of dinghies and tenders on the hardstanding  is announced by the Harbour Board usually in April, once the launching of Winter-berthed vessels by Members in advance of craning, is completed.

The transition to Winter mode occurs in October usually, and repeats in reverse order events in April.  The hardstanding must be cleared of all summer licensed vessels by a published date and member retrieved vessels may only be brought to the hardstanding after craning ashore has completed.

LFHA jargon

Beach mooring – shallow, lighter-duty moorings within a few metres of MHWS for small tenders only,  south of the brook.  

Craning – Typically in April and October (tide dependent) the Harbour Board hires a mobile crane to lift the large summer-moored  vessels between the water and the hardstanding.

Craning in or craning afloat refers to the transfer of vessel into the water (April) as opposed to craning out or craning ashore that refers to the transfer from water to land (October).

Harbour  – relates not just to the area bound by the harbour walls and the Cliff base, but also most of the Brook and the slipway and the area north of the brook to the wall.  The eastern boundary is the line of MHWS.

Hardstanding / Hard / Dry harbour / Dry Berth gravelled area overlooked by LSC balcony, just above MHWS on which dinghies etc are berthed in summer, cruisers stored in winter.  Canoe racks are also situated on the hardstanding

HPC – Homebased Personal Craft
A category of licenses for owners with multiple small craft stored at home and transported to the harbour by hand on a daily basis.  One license can be used with any such craft used singly.

MHWS – mean high water springs – the average HEIGHT of the HIGH WATERS of SPRING TIDES above Chart Datum

Summer / Winter – LF&HA operates a two season year.  During the summer suitable vessels are moored in the estuary. Their tenders and sailing dinghies and  canoes occupy the hardstanding.   During the winter months, most of these vessels are removed from Association property, replaced by the summer-moored vessels.

Storage vs Berthing Whilst most summer-moored vessels are stored over winter on the hardstanding, the storage of sailing dinghies over winter is not permitted. Storage implies taking up space with little regular boating involved.

Racks  Racks are for the exclusive use during summer of canoes, kayaks & paddleboards up to ~3.7m in length.  

Ted’s Folly – hardstanding to north of wet-harbour for tenders only.

Tender – a vessel less than 3.5m length overall (loa) licensed in association with a summer moored vessel, used for ferrying to & from the mooring. Such tenders are confined to the south & west periphery of the hardstanding & Ted’s Folly. Other similar small vessels are deemed to be dinghies & are subject to space availability on the hardstanding.

Wet harbour  / Wet Berth – tidal area bounded by the harbour walls.

Boat size limitations

Craned vessels: there are limits to vessel size imposed by the Harbour Board established over 30 year’s experience:  Maximum overall length 28ft (8.53m)  and beam 9ft 6in (2.9m).  Other factors may also come into play.  As all LFHA moorings dry out, bilge keelers are de rigeur.

Vessels longer than 28ft may be winter berthed in the wet harbour subject to draught constraints of tide height.


Sailing dinghies <5m long.

Tenders : <3.5m

Racked craft: <1.46m


How do i change my licenses?

Just contact the Membership Secretary by email at any time, stating your current licenses and what changes you hope for.

Harbour Board

The Harbour Board is the Executive arm of the LFHA.  With a maximum of 10 elected members, half of whom resign each year but may stand again for election.  Co-options are allowed when required.

All Board members have specific duties; new nominees need to state what roles they are capable of taking-on.

can i buy a mooring at lympstone?

Buy? No.    The fundus is owned by LFHA.

However the Harbour Board issues annual licenses for moorings on its property.  

Members laying a mooring for the first time or taking over a disused mooring pay a non-returnable registration fee, together with an annual license fee related to the length of the specific vessel.  

The fees for such licenses are set & collected annually.

All  hardware & equipment associated with a mooring allocation is the responsibility of the licensee at all times – procurement, laying, regular maintenance & renewal.

Store my outboard at the harbour?

There is often a waiting list for a space, email the membership secretary to enquire.

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