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Latest Coronavirus Update

March 5, 2021

Berthon Covid-19 Protocol (May 2021)

Berthon COVID-19 Protocol Update 15 18.05.2021

NB All italics (brown & purple) are quoted Govt Guidance; purple & brown denotes latest updates throughout the document.

Information for boat owners, Berthon staff & contractors using our marina and boatyard based upon Government guidelines and our own Risk Assessments: 

Social contact

Gathering limits have been eased. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).

New guidance on meeting friends and family emphasises personal responsibility rather than government rules. Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Remember that the risks of close contact may be greater for some people than others and in some settings and circumstances there will be specific guidance that you will need to follow even when you are with friends and family.

To help protect yourself and your friends, family, and community please continue to follow all of our guidance even if you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.

UK Government’s summary COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 Roadmap out of lockdown.
Coronavirus advice and information for recreational boaters from the RYA.
British Marine Coronavirus information hub.

  • Keep 2 metres distance
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Please wear a face mask during working hours on Berthon’s site
  • Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms and arrange to have a PCR test.

Berthon & Lymington Marina

Berthon (including all its subsidiaries) has continued to be fully operational, working within the government guidelines in a Covid safe environment: This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting sectors and employers’ businesses providing manufacturing [&] repair services, storage and distribution facilities.

The sun has brought out more servicing demand, but as predicted spare parts are much more difficult to procure with ease or speed.

As previously, we request that you consider your visits and use of boats in the context of the latest lockdown regulations and guidanceas a whole:

  • please first ensure with our project managers that no-one is working on board
  • consider the safety of skilled staff who maybe working on board or nearby NB by going on board, we are then UNABLE to work on board for 72 hours.
  • you continue to inform dockmasters and your relevant project manager(s) by email in advance of your arrival and be certain that you have had written clearance before you arrive on site from both
  • Wear masks on site during working hours.

We will carry on performing bespoke virtual security checks on boats at owners’ requests so please contact our Dockmasters if you would like to make use of this service.

Leisure Boat Movements

Berthon Lymington Marina is providing a full service for overnight visitors, short stays (up to 4 hours), long term casual visitors (over 5 nights) and annual berths starting throughout the year. Please call the Dockmasters on 01590 647405 or VHF Channel 80 to arrange your stay with us.

Overnight on Board

Overnight on Board is now sanctioned subject to certain rules and Govt Guidelines (see Useful links below, at end of document)

You can travel to the marina irrespective of distance, providing you are not quarantined owing to the area of your residence or having travelled from an overseas amber or red zone.

2m Distancing – it is still 2m wherever possible

We ask individuals to distance themselves 2m from our staff and other owners at all times. All piers are more than 8’ (>2m) wide; individual finger pontoons are between 2’and 5’ (<2m) wide. Accordingly, please be alert and move into a finger when someone is coming in the other direction.

Coronavirus Hangs Around

This is for the safety for all parties and we specifically request owners, buyers and contractors not to make impromptu visits if jobs are outstanding in case a contractor or we are working aboard.

Quarantine – Boats & Yachts in transit from Overseas

We will welcome any yachts returning from overseas and will assist in their 14-day mandatory quarantine (if not from a country with a travel corridor to the UK) quarantine or the balance of 14 days if you have been outside the common travel area and have isolated at sea by providing a berth, fuel, water, power and a provisioning service where needed to allow diligent quarantining for the mandated time period. Please check herefor the latest country guidance. Yachting has always been a community sport and now more than ever is the time to look after one another. Please contact the Dockmasters for more information.

Arrivals from overseas via Eurotunnel, ferries and airports

If you have been in a country or territory on the:

  • green list – you must take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before day 2
  • amber list – you must quarantine in the place you’re staying and take 2 COVID-19 tests
  • red list – you must quarantine in a hotel and take 2 COVID-19 tests

You cannot currently enter the UK if you’ve been in or through a country on the red list unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK.

If you’re a resident or visitor travelling to the UK from any country, you must provide your journeyand contact details.

You’ll also need to self-isolate in the place you’re staying after you arrive. It is not permissible to visit your boat during this period or undertake any activity away from that address. Further information under Useful Links, below or call the dockmasters and we can do a specific Risk Assessment for you.

Site Security

The Dockmasters regularly patrol the piers and gantries to ensure the overall safety of our property and in the process may notice and correct issues that may cause damage. If this involves a berth holder’s boat, an email is sent as an aide memoire. We offer bespoke security checks on boats (often with FaceTime) at owners’ requests; contact the Dockmasters if you wish to take advantage of  this.

WC’s & Washrooms

The marina washrooms have had a rigorous cleaning routine since early summer 2020 and until further notice the marina washrooms will be unavailable between 1500-1700hrs seven days a week whilst being decontaminated (fogging); additionally, we are cleaning washrooms regularly throughout each day whilst open.

We politely request that after you have used the lavatory you close the lid before flushing. This prevents airborne particles (possibly containing bacteria and/or viruses) being released into the air. Wipes will be provided for cleaning loo seats, door handles etc, including those at the exit; bins for the wipes are inside and outside the washrooms.

However, we cannot guarantee washrooms will be Covid-19 free at any given time. Where possible and for your own safety purposes, owners are asked to use their boat’s showers & toilets please.

Whilst the dockmasters and cleaners will continue to monitor the washrooms, please do report any situation that merits immediate attention at the Dockmasters’ office.


Please return trollies to the trolley pound having first cleaned the handle with wipes provided; we stillrecommend NO touching other parts of the trolley, that are not easy to clean. Please convey this to children.

Covid-19 Protocol Centres

BHG’s boat show trailer carries on as a centre for brief discussion with managers; 2m distancing is mandatory and we request only one-on-one meetings where possible.

Security Gatehouse

The security gatehouse at the marina entrance demonstrates that we are private property and general access is not permitted to the public; it will be manned at weekends. Please inform dockmasters if you have a guest arriving in another vehicle from March 29; they can mention your name or boat name to verify access.

Dockmasters Office  

  • currently staffed 0800–2000hrs Sunday-Thursday & Friday-Saturday 0800-2100hrs by Dockmasters
  • from May 31 0800–2100hrs all week by Dockmasters
  • Securityis present out of office hours except when doing rounds.

The office continues to hand out sanitised keys using the protocol we adopted prior to lockdown. This includes sterilising keys on return.

Annual Berth Holder Reviews

We thank those who filled in the annual review form. We scored between 8.2 and 9.5 /10 over the nine questions and this year we still plan more changes to ensure we continue to improve where we can. If you have time, please add a comment to Trust Pilotor Google. We appreciate your support.

Yacht Maintenance and Repair (YMR)

Boatyard Work 

Our staff continue to take regular tests along with sub contractors and crew that we are working closely with.All of our management team and skilled employees are at work along with all 23 of our apprentices.. Our collective challenge is still to monitor when you, contractors, and we are aboard boats on site if we are to be working on them or showing them for sale (virtually at present) – see link for viewing boats. With Covid-19 surviving airborne and on surfaces we have been quarantining boats with a 72-hour moratorium between individuals going aboard. The amount of work and demand for separate skills has necessitated a change in protocol.

The reception on the 2nd floor remains closed to owners. If you would like to discuss works with a member of the YMR team please call the project manager and he will meet you downstairs.

Yacht Maintenance and Repair (YMR) phone numbers:

  • Tom Wright (Boat Moving & YMR Manager) 01590 647413,
  • Matt Hart, (Brokerage boats01590 647440,
  • Nick Legg, 01590 647442
  • James Hollingsworth, 01590 647407

Berthon Offices and sheds remain closed for owners; meetings can occur by Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Sea Trials

We are all aware boats have a habit of hiding problems until the last minute. With necessary parts taking longer to arrive, and labour needing to be allocated carefully in advance, why not be certain that your boat is running well, and include windlasses, electronics and other moving parts within your service instructions and ask us to perform a sea trial. This will avoid any angst after a long drive when overnight staying on board is eventually permitted.

Boatyard Work Protocol

Thank you to all owners and contractors who have diligently checked in and out at the Dockmasters office, as part of our collective challenge to work on as many boats as possible. We will continue to monitor when owners, contractors, and our staff are on board, to comply with 2m social distancing and either with a 72-hour quarantine period or subject to availability, decontamination.

  • Owners check-in & out at Dockmasters;
  • Contractors must wear PPE and check in upstairs at reception or at Dockmasters after normal work hours;
  • With Covid-19 surviving airborne and on surfaces our Risk Assessment still suggests a 72-hour moratorium between different individuals going aboard unless we decontaminate with an appropriate antibacterial and antivirus disinfectant that kills 99.9 per cent, dries within an hour and is not alcohol based and therefore safe for engine rooms.
  • When it becomes necessary, Berthon will endeavour to decontaminateboats if they are to be used by owners who give at least 48 hours advanced notice to the YMR Team and with a deadline of the previous Wednesday lunchtime for weekend use/arrivals, in writing.

The above renders the boat safer for all parties.

Berthon Sheds

The boatyard-gated entrance at Bath Road will remain closed and access to sheds is for Berthon staff only; owners and contractors are simply not permitted unless accompanied by a project manager. The stores are operating with a closed counter and all items and materials ordered via your project manager for delivery to our Berthon staff. Project Managers can place orders for owners.

Boat Lifting & Launching Movements

We continue to ask that owners do NOT come to watch the launch/lift of their boat during these hazardous times.

Dry sailing

Please email  to specifically request a boat movement.

Berthon International

New Yachts Sales & Brokerage Viewings

Berthon International have a specific protocolfor viewing boats for sale. Please call direct on 01590 679222 to make an appointment.

Useful Links:

Thank You

We thank you all for your continued patience and determination to see off the virus. We, collectively, now need to ready ourselves for a different way of boating that is mindful of the safety of all boat owners, your household members, and the wider Berthon and contractor workforce, as well as maintaining sensible behaviour afloat to prevent poor press that might jeopardise the gift that has been returned to us, IE going to sea.

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