Code of Practice


This Code of Practice has been based on the Yacht Harbour Association Code of Practice 1977 re-written 2007.

Batson Car Park will be designated as a boat storage area for the winter months; actual dates will vary annually and will be promulgated with the booking form. The boat storage will be under the management of the Harbour Master.

Boat owners must have 3rd party protection and indemnity cover and hull cover to the value of £3,000,000 for the period vessels are stored ashore.

Charges for winter storage will be set annually by SHDC.


The boat storage areas will be surrounded with fencing and warning signage to restrict public access and enable contractor access to be controlled.

Contractor access will be restricted to those contractors on an approved contractor list. Contractors wishing to be added to this list are to apply to the Harbour Office, confirming acceptance of the Code of Practice and providing insurance details for inspection.

Access roads to the entrance to the fish quay and public slipway are to be kept clear at all times. Particular care is to be taken in the areas where the public have access.

The boat storage area is to be kept clean and tidy at all times.

Lifting and Hoisting

If mobile cranes are hired in for specific tasks, the crane operator will require a temporary licence from SHDC authorising activity on Council land.

All personnel involved in lifting operations are to be trained, certified and wear the personal protective equipment stipulated in the method statement.

Vessels are not to be lifted with any person onboard, the only exception being on launch to allow owner to check sea cocks.

The boat storage area is rated to 10 tonnes weight restrictions.

Maintenance and Operations

All maintenance work is to be carried out by Authorised personnel. Authorised personnel include owners and contractors who have registered with the Council. Owners appointing a contractor must ensure the contractor is registered with the Harbour Authority.

All boats requiring their hull to be power washed must have this done during the lift out, utilising the Council’s scrubbing facility. This will prevent toxic run off polluting the estuary. Power washing is to be done by a registered marine contractor.

Painting and antifouling in the slipway hoist is not permitted.

Removal of masts is to take place only with the express permission of SHDC and must be carried out by an authorised contractor.

Engine Maintenance: The running of engines, whilst ashore, should be carried out only by authorised personnel. Boat engines are not to be run without authorisation as it could cause stability problems to the boat.

Oil and diesel may be disposed of only into the waste oil tank. Stale petrol must not be placed in this tank. The nearest disposal site for petrol is at Torr Quarry.

Any oil spillages must be cleaned up immediately. The Boat Park has a spill kit for land and sea spillages, disposal and replacement of oil spill control equipment will be charged to the polluter.

If outboards are run ashore, due consideration is to be given to noise. If outboards are stored, petrol tanks are to be emptied and outboards inhibited to minimise fire hazard.

Redundant batteries are to be disposed of into the receptacle provided.

Fridges, deep freezers and air conditioning units removed from boats are to be removed from the site and disposed of by the contractor/owner.

Noise and noise nuisance: Due consideration is to be given to local residents and customers when operating machinery during the working day and particularly at weekends.

Gas installation work is to be carried out only by a suitably qualified gas engineer.

Electrical and electronics work is to be carried out only by properly trained, certified and authorised personnel.

All portable electrical equipment is to be in date for PAT.

Electrical leads are not to be trailed in a dangerous or hazardous manner that may cause a trip hazard or be susceptible to damage. An RCB must be used at all times.

Rigging repairs are to be carried out only by qualified personnel.

After launching, an inspection is to be carried out externally and internally once the vessel is returned to its mooring to ensure that it is watertight. This check is to be reported as being complete to the Harbour Authority.

Contractors are to take extreme care when working on customer’s boats and due care and diligence is to be exercised at all times.

The boat repair area is a no smoking zone.