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Craning - General Information

Lympstone boating 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 hardstanding by mobile crane.  


The Harbour Board organises this craning of members' vessels.


There is usually a waiting list of members wanting a winter dry-berth.  If a vacancy becomes available towards the end of a sailing season, with your vessel at the top of the Winter Dry-berth Waiting List, you would be contacted by the Harbour Board to confirm that you wished to take up a berth and then pay the fee before craning day.  In April 2018, craning fees were £50 per lift – craning is a cost-covering activity with crane hiring charges divided by the number of vessels lifted.  In October, there is a similar fee to pay separately whereas to be craned afloat in April, the fee will be included on your new season/year invoice.


All members wishing to have their vessels craned must inform the Harbour Board of their wishes in writing in good time, have paid the fee & be present at the Safety Briefing just before craning starts & be immediately available when their vessel is craned. Failure to attend the briefing will put in jeopardy current & any future requests to be craned.


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


Important to dayboat owners who bring their vessels ashore independently of craning


A small group of trailered vessel skippers have become accustomed to bringing their boats out of the water & into the dry standing before craning.  

This custom was accommodated because the number of vessels was limited. The number of trailered boats is increasing,  but the new owners cannot adopt this custom without prejudicing craning operations. The consequence is that the custom - actually never formally approved by the Board or embraced in the Association Rules  - must, in the interests of fairness to all,  now cease.  The general rule that all boats must be removed from the dry standing before craning will apply from Craning Ashore in October 2017.  Any owner bringing a trailered vessel into the dry standing before craning will have his or her membership withdrawn. The only exception will be the tenders of vessels still on moorings but these, too,  must be removed by the craning date.                           Harbour Board  February 2017