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Lympstone Fishery & Harbour Association  -   January 2019

Please find time to absorb the detail in the Newsletter below as it informs you of changes to the way we intend to deal with the licensing of dinghies, kayaks/canoes/paddleboards and dayboats, amongst other things.

Following the AGM, I’ll be sending you a draft invoice based on historic information for you to update for your 2019 licenses.  License Labels for each vessel will be available from the LSC foyer windowsill from 30th March.

Please do ask if you have any questions after reading the following.

If you don’t need any LFHA licenses this year, please let me know to avoid an invoice.

Richard Crisp

Lympstone Fishery & Harbour Association membership secretary


Lympstone Fishery & Harbour Association
New Year Newsletter, 2019

Many thanks to the members who help and support the Harbour Board in thought word or deed.  The use of email is a boon, the membership secretary alone sent as dealt over 830 emails last year, not including mailshots.  Thus, clear & prompt responses to emails is appreciated.  

Your Harbour Board works tirelessly to maintain the Association’s property as a community amenity & to provide a valued but limited resource for members.  Board members prefer to make decisions in committee.  Meetings are usually held on the first (sometimes second) Tuesday of the month with no meeting in December.  Please send communications in time for them to be shared and considered at meetings.

Summer hardstanding

Evidence of little-used vessels on the hardstanding & racks last summer has been reported and observed & is a cause of concern to the Board.  Members are reminded that summer berthing licenses are issued for actively-used, & seaworthy vessels, not for storage.  In highlighting the difference between berthing & storage, storage does not just equate to zero use but includes minimal usage of less than one outing per month.  

To minimise congestion & waiting lists, the Harbour Board will after one warning use its two primary sanctions; firstly, of withdrawing licenses to owners whose vessels are not regularly used or maintained, & secondly, by denying licenses to members in subsequent years.  So, owners of vessels part-full of green rainwater, dinghies on trolleys with flat tyres or canoes engulfed in brambles can expect a single warning then a withdrawal of the license.  If you are unlikely to meet this berthing criterion this year, please apply for a launching-only license or use the Sailing Club dinghies.   

We expect to provide some new experimental racking, to be located over dinghies.  This will provide a few more places for lasers or kayaks.  Otherwise, kayaks/canoes/paddleboards will be limited by rack capacity, there is no intention to allow these craft to take up dinghy rowing boat or tender space.  As unlabelled canoes’ owners are not identifiable, it is essential that License Labels are visible.

Changes to winter dry-berth licensing of vessels on the hardstanding & racking for 2019

1. Sailing Dinghies & Dayboat owners

No dinghies, apart from Club dinghies, will be stored on the hardstanding over winter from October.   Dinghy owners wishing to regularly sail over winter may apply for licenses from 1st September but spaces for these will be very limited.  A small number of licenses may be issued on a first-come-first served basis when we know how much space is left after craning, but these dinghies would have to be removed from the harbour before craning as usual.  Dayboat owners with winter dry-berth licenses, whose vessels are obliged to remain on their moorings until after craning, shall recover them to the hardstanding within the first week after craning, or their spaces will be licensed to winter dinghy sailors.

2. Kayaks/canoes/paddleboards (craft)  AMENDED No licenses for such craft for winter dry-berths will be considered or issued before 1st September.  Owners wishing to regularly use their craft over winter may apply for rack licenses from that date.  Licenses will be issued on a first-come-first served basis until berths are filled.  If empty rack positions remain, the racking may be filled by craft for storage. Whilst there is available space, winter racking licenses will be included in invoicing during February 2019.  Such craft are only to be accommodated on racking.

3. Tenders & small rowing boats (<4.8m)

Priority is given to tenders to summer LFHA-moored vessels at the Harbour.  Over winter, these are confined to Ted’s Folly & specified positions against the cliff-face or within the plan-view of the mother vessel on the hardstanding.   Apart from the latter, owners of such vessels must remove them from the harbour over winter.

Berthing in the wet harbour

Mooring rings on the wet-harbour walls & the buoys are now all labelled.  Every vessel berthed in the wet harbour will be allocated four attachment points & owners are instructed to use them.  This will hopefully eliminate unwanted comings-together.

AWOL Boats

Each year, one or two vessels break away from moorings usually causing problems for others.  Please check and consider upgrading your berthing lines or mooring tackle.

Our Website

This has been refreshed recently.  Do you use it as a source of LFHA information?    The answers to many members’ questions are found there, so please consult it first.  

License Labels

Visible License Labelling of canoes & kayaks when racked has continued to be inconsistent during 2018, unlike the dinghies.   Once again, we stress that License Labels on kayaks/canoes/paddleboards in particular should be positioned such that they are clearly visible to an observer when berthed.  If you rack your canoe with stern into the cliff, then please place the Label on the bow.

Padlocked &/or Unlabelled craft

 The Harbour Board reserves the right to remove unidentifiable (unlabelled) vessels from its property.  Unlabelled craft may have any securing wire cut in order to carry this out, without recompense.  If we cannot identify the owner, we cannot give due warning apart from a Notice affixed to the vessel.  If that Notice is not responded to within a fortnight, the Harbour Board may remove the vessel from the Harbour.

Harbour Board, January 2019