Harbour Facilities

Slipway and Tenders Safety Advice

Using the Slipway Safely

  • BEFORE launching and retrieving your boat always check what the tide and weather conditions are.
  • The main slipway in Yarmouth has a VERTICAL DROP at the end of it; this is marked by an ORANGE MARKER BUOY and a BLUE SIGN on the quay wall.  Please be aware of this VERTICAL DROP at all times (especially before launching and retrieving your boat).
  • BEWARE of other people using the slipway before making your way onto it.
  • BEFORE reversing your car and trailer onto the slipway please make sure you have a safety line attached to your trailer.
  • The slipway can be SLIPPERY AT ANY TIME, so please be aware of this.
  • Leave your car IN GEAR when turning your engine off.
  • Make sure that the BUNG is in the back of your boat before launching; NO BUNG WILL RESULT IN SINKING.
  • DON'T FORGET to tie your boat up safely whilst clearing the slipway.
  • DO NOT leave your car and trailer unattended at any time.
  • Remember to leave the slipway as you found it, keeping it safe for other slipway users.
  • Leave the slipway as safely and as quickly as possible.

Using Your Tender Safely

  • Make sure when you are pumping up your tender that you have the right amount of air in it before using it.
  • Please have the name clearly displayed on your tender.
  • Be careful when launching the tender from your boat – make sure that the area is clear of people, boats, and wash.
  • If you are using an outboard engine make sure you take some oars with you in case of engine failure.
  • Check that you have enough fuel to get you where you are going and back again.
  • ALWAYS make sure that everyone in the tender is wearing a lifejacket.
  • ALWAYS take a V.H.F. radio and/or a mobile phone with you at all times.
  • Put a torch, or some form of lighting, in the tender with you in case it gets dark to allow other harbour users to see you.
  • Get in your tender sensibly, DO NOT jump in.
  • BEWARE of other people’s wash when entering your tender.
  • DO NOT overload your tender with people or belongings (it is always better to make two trips and be safe).
  • Make yourself and others aware of the wind and tide conditions.
  • IF CHILDREN ARE ALONE make sure that they are also aware of the weather and tide conditions.
  • OTHER HARBOUR USERS TO BE AWARE OF:  Harbour taxis (especially at night); berthing masters; other yachts and motor boats manoeuvring; sailing dinghies entering and leaving the harbour, and other tenders which may not have a torch to make themselves seen in the dark.
  • When tying up please use a LONG painter; remember it isn’t only you using that area to tie your tender up.
  • ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT IF YOU ARE UNSURE WHETHER YOU ARE GOING TO BE SAFE OR IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS YARMOUTH HARBOUR RUN A WATER TAXI SERVICE (YOU MAY CALL THE TAXI ON V.H.F. Ch. 15).

PLEASE BE SAFE

Energise Island Business

VHF

Please use Channel 68

Monitored by the Harbour Office and Berthing Masters on the water.