Craning

Introduction

It is possible as a LFHA member to maintain a vessel on a mooring during the summer and to store it on the hardstanding over winter without owning a trailer to self-launch and retrieve via the slipway.  One can of course arrange a private crane hire, but the Harbour Board does arrange Craning Days, typically in April and October for the transfer of members’ vessels from brook to hardstanding with costs on the day shared by owners.

Owners who wish to transfer vessels themselves can do so at certain times. *See Note below

Detail

Whilst there is scope for the laying of new moorings in the LFHA-owned fundus area, hardstanding space is limited and is sometimes oversubscribed.  The Harbour Board will only consider craning vessels with overall length of up to 28ft and a maximum beam of 9 feet 6 inches.  Other considerations when a vessel is to be craned can come into play, so Members should contact the Harbour Board before acquiring a vessel if they wish to avail themselves of a winter dry berth.  Craning and winter dry-berthing are only available to vessels that have been on LFHA moorings during the summer.

An alternative to craning is to store your vessel in the wet-harbour over winter.   Vessels are not kept on moorings over winter.    Of course, if you have the means of launching and recovering your vessel yourself, all well and good (see * below).

 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 safety briefing and adhere to instructions given.  Under covid restrictions the safety briefing may be conducted vie email. 

*Note

Important to boat owners 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.