Lymington is a great sailing centre that is close to the Western Solent and a great departure point for the English Channel and beyond. It is also convenient for Solent cruising to Cowes (and for Cowes Week), the Hamble and Poole.
The Georgian town, on the edge of the New Forest, is steeped in nautical history and today is an acknowledged centre for yacht refit and repair, with a wealth of local knowledge close at hand, not least our own yard facility with 70 skilled craftsmen on the shop floor.
To give you some pointers on where to eat & drink and where to shop in Lymington, we asked our clients where they think is best and they have kindly commented on their favourite restaurants, pubs and shops in Lymington.
If you have a favourite haunt in Lymington please do let us know so that we can keep this section up to date.
Walk out of the main marina entrance and turn right, within 2 minutes you will be at the town quay, from where it’s a short walk up the cobbles to the High Street.Close Window
The EU Energy Products Directive provides that from 1st November 2008:
The full rate of duty is to be applied to fuel used for ‘the purposes of navigation’ (which has been reflected in UK law as ‘fuel for propelling’ of private pleasure craft. Red diesel at the rebated rate of duty can be applied for domestic purposes aboard a boat such as heating, lighting, electricity generation, refrigeration, air conditioning or hot water. Customers purchasing fuel will be required to make a declaration about their fuel usage.
Accordingly, HMRC have indicated that a 60/40% split (propulsion / domestic use) will apply to most private pleasure craft. However, it is quite clear that some boats, such as a diesel powered RIB, could not opt for this split! Commercial, safety and residential boats can claim exemption, but be aware that most charter boats are used for leisure purposes and as such the duty is chargeable.Close Window
Yes, however unless you operate a boat sales business this is likely to be a small amount and probably adequately covered by the 60/40 split.
The basic rule is tax is payable on fuel used for recreational uses. HMRC accept that most private craft use diesel for heating/generating etc and have suggested a 60/40 split will apply to most owners.
Whilst arguments about who should pay what will continue for a while this 60/40 split is quite generous and we expect most boat owners will accept this figure.
At Berthon we will offer advice where we can but the responsibility for a correct declaration is yours.Close Window
No, you probably already have to calculate VAT reclaimable based on use e.g. private/charter. Red diesel has 5% VAT charged and if you pay the additional 43p/litre this also includes 5% VAT.Close Window
Yes, each time you fill up you can declare the % used for propulsion, remember though you cannot change the declaration once made.Close Window
If the vessel is used exclusively for charter or passenger carrying you can use fuel duty free, but any private use will attract the higher excise duty.
A properly completed ships log can be used to calculate the breakdown between ‘commercial’ and ‘private’ use and in conjunction with fuel receipts used to work out how much to declare.Close Window
HMRC have indicated that a 60/40% split will apply to most private pleasure craft but if you wish to claim a different percentage (commercial, safety and residential boats can claim exemption) you may do so but we recommend that you maintain proper records of use.Close Window
Hoses are available at the Dockmasters’ office.Close Window
WiFi is available for all marina clients. Simply logon and pay by credit card for daily, weekly, monthly or annual access.
Ask the Dockmasters for more details.Close Window
Please use the large grey bins sited in the marina car park for general rubbish.
Sited on the car park between C and D piers.
We have a skip in the yard – please ask the Dockmasters.
A waste oil disposal tank is situated behind the marina building.
Available at a small environmental charge – ask the Dockmasters.
We’re afraid we are no longer able to take flares. These should be disposed of at the local police station or taken to Lee on Solent Coastguard by appointment.
Foreign gas bottles cannot be accepted.Close Window
Showers and washroom facilities are on the first floor of the marina building.
Climb the first set of stairs by the Dockmasters’ Office, turn right along the balcony and they’re on the right.Close Window
The laundrette is on the ground floor behind the Dockmaster’s office.
Ask the Dockmasters for tokens for the washing machine and dryer. You will also find an ironing board.Close Window
October to March (winter)
End March to late May & early September to end October
End May to mid July
Mid July to early September
Contact Lymington Marina on VHF Channel 80, call sign: Berthon Lymington Marina.Close Window
We have a floating refueller sited on the end of C pontoon open daily from 08:15. Closing time varies according to season.Close Window
Lymington Town Sailing Club
Tel: 01590 674514 (Office)
Tel: 01590 689008 (Restaurant)
Last orders in the Restaurant are:
Bank Holiday Opening Hours
The Royal Lymington Yacht Club
Main Office: 01590672677
Restaurant: 01590 671751
Bar: 01590 671753
Bar opening hours
Dining room opening hours:
Sandwiches are available from 1030Close Window
Powder fire extinguishers are located at two points on each pier together with portable safety ladders.
The fire assembly point is in the car park by the ramp to D pier.Close Window
Lymington New Forest Hospital (Minor Injury Unit only)
Wellworthy Road, SO41 8QD
Tel: 01590 663000
Lymington Hospital has a Minor Injury Unit which is open from 8am to 9pm daily. Outside of these hours, Bournemouth or Southampton hospitals have Accident and Emergency facilities.Close Window
Avenue House Dental Care
44 Southampton Rd
Tel: 01590 672 100
Tel: 07734 200 392 (Mobile)
Donald F Mackenzie
Tel: 01590 672 986
18 Avenue Road
Tel: 01590 672212
Chawton House Surgery
St Thomas Street
Tel: 01590 672953
Lymington Tourist Information Office and the St Barbe Museum are situated in the same building in New Street, a one-way road leading East off the High Street between Boots the Chemist and Costa Coffee. Click the link for a map.Close Window
The open top tourist bus makes a circular trip of the New Forest National Park and departs from the High Street opposite the main Post Office, near Lymington Church. The round trip lasts for about 2 hours and you can get on and off at any point along the route.
Why not visit Lyndhurst and the New Forest Museum, or stop at Brockenhurst or Beaulieu for a cup of tea along the way?Close Window
On Saturdays Lymington has a lively and popular outdoor market, which starts at 07:30 and continues until late in the afternoon. This outdoor market stretches all the way up the High Street and sometimes packs up a little early depending on the weather.
It’s easy to stay longer than you planned and if you’re a visitor don’t forget to let us know in the office if you would like an extended stay!Close Window
Go out of the marina and turn left, walk past the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and along the sea wall for some spectacular walks along the marshes.
Feel free to ask the Dockmasters for further information.Close Window
Bath Road (turn left onto the road running past the entrance to Berthon) leads to a large carpark in which you’ll find both yacht clubs, the RNLI building and the public slipway.
Fees for using the slipway are payable to the Harbour Authorities.Close Window