Lymington FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Lymington Marina

When is the Berthon fuel birth open?

We have a floating refueller sited on the end of C pontoon open daily from 08:15. Closing time varies according to season.

Do you have a place to purchase Tea or Coffee onsite?

From the Easter Holidays through to September The B Bar at Berthon offers freshly made pizza and other delicious meals off their seasonal menu alongside their usual hot drinks, soft drinks, pastries, and bacon rolls. Over the winter period, restricted hours and food apply.

Marina map and safety information

Your safety is our number one priority; our team are here to ensure you can enjoy everything we have to offer, without putting you, or your loved ones at risk. We aim to provide a relaxed environment for your safety and enjoyment. We ask that you please familiarise yourself with our Marina map and safety information.

Marina Safety Information 

Disabled Access

All our facilities are fully accessible; if you require assistance please do get in touch. Our friendly team of Dockmasters are always glad to be of service.

How many berths are there?

Approximately 260 berths in the marina ranging from all boat sizes. We are able to cater for most sized vessels.

How long are the pontoons?

Our pontoons vary in length, and range from 30ft, up to 120ft on our hammerhead pontoons.

How long are the finger berths?

Our finger berths are considerably smaller in length, up to 25ft. However, size can vary depending on the berth and size of your boat.

How long has the marina manager worked here?

Our marina manager, John, has been with us for 8 months.

How long is the waiting list for a berth?

We fit our berths to the size of your boat, so it really depends if there is an available berth for the size of your boat.

*Between 6 – 12 months.

How do I contact the Dockmasters?

01590 647405

Visit the dockmaster’s office behind The B Bar, next to the marina.

What makes a good marina?

A good marina is one that listens to the needs and wants of its berth holders and visitors. Access to modern facilities that make you feel relaxed and like you’re at home, easy access to pontoons and your mooring from the marina, a private and secure location that is not easily accessible..

How do I get to Berthon Lymington Marina?

Berthon Lymington Marina is located along Bath road towards the seawall in Lymington, Hampshire. The site is clearly sign posted, and you will see the entrance to the marina on the left hand side of Bath road, just after Force4Chandlery, and BHG Marine.

The address:

Berthon Boat Co, The Shipyard, Bath Rd, Lymington SO41 3YL

On Maps:

berthon lymington marina on the maps

How long has there been a marina at Berthon?

54 years. Berthon Lymington Marina was officially opened by Admiral of the Fleet The Earl Mountbatten of Burma in 1968.

How do I get a berth at Berthon?

You can book your boat in to berth using our online form, or using a printed version of our application form (the relevant forms can be found using the link below)

How do I visit the marina?

You can visit the marina by getting directions off Google maps, or charting your course to Lymington Marina. You can book your boat in for a visit to the marina using our online form.

What VHF channel can we call the marina on?

Contact Lymington Marina on VHF Channel 80, call sign: Berthon Lymington Marina.

What are the Lymington Marina office opening hours?

October to March (winter)

  • Sun / Thurs 08.00 – 18.00
  • Fri / Sat 08.00 – 20.00

End March to End May  

  • Sun – Thurs 08.00 – 20.00
  • Fri / Sat 08.00 – 21.00

End May to Early September

  • Mon  – Sun 08.00 – 21.00

Early September to Early October

  • Sun  – Thurs 08.00 – 18.00
  • Fri / Sat 08.00 – 21.00
How do we report to Customs?

For reporting your arrival from outside the EU, please call +44(0)2380 820140 or click the small link to download the C1331 form from the HMRC website.

Does Berthon Lymington Marina have a launderette?

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.

Where are the showers?

Showers and washroom facilities are on the first floor of the marina building. To gain entry you will need to obtain the four-digit code which the Dockmasters will provide you with.

Climb the first set of stairs by the Dockmasters’ Office, turn right along the balcony and they’re on the right.

Where do I put rubbish?

Please use the large grey bins sited in the marina car park for general rubbish.

Bottle banks
Sited on the car park between C and D piers.

We have a skip in the yard – please ask the Dockmasters.

Waste Oil
A waste oil disposal tank is situated behind the marina building.

Battery disposal
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.

Do you have WiFi?

Not only do we have Wi-Fi but we can confidently say it is one of the best Wi-Fi connections in a UK marina and beyond. The marina has been upgraded to Wi-Fi 6 which means we can now guarantee super-fast, reliable and secure connectivity for all our boat owners and visitors.

Do you have ice?

Ice is available from the Dockmasters’ office.

Have you got a fresh water hose?

Hoses are available at the Dockmasters’ office.

Berthon Boatyard

How do I improve the performance of my trim tabs?

Keeping your trim tabs working effectively involves minimal maintenance and checks. To find out more click here.

How do I know if my rig needs a service?

There are no set service intervals. It is really more about time scales and usage. If you have sailed for years, or thousands of miles with no rig maintenance, then it is most definitely time!

Many older rigs might look fine, but there may be less obvious signs that signify it is time for a full service.  A routine visual rig inspection should identify any areas which need further attention. Contact our project managers to discuss the services Berthon can provide.

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Should I have my yacht repainted?

There comes a point in a yacht or boat’s life when the original gloss and lustre has disappeared and cannot be reinvigorated without a more major intervention.  Whether the gelcoat is tired and cannot be brought back to life with a cut and polish; or the previously painted surface has degraded, or perhaps the colour of your new yacht doesn’t suit your aspirations, repainting the topsides can be the only viable option.  Although this may be a daunting prospect, Berthon have some great tips on how to ensure a successful outcome.

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How many people work at Berthon?

There are over 150 employees that currently work for Berthon Boat Company. With approximately 100 skilled engineers working in the workshops, and around 50 individuals working in the offices.

Does Berthon valet yachts?

Yes. Berthon has a dedicated team of boat valeters who would be more than happy to look after your boat and make sure it always looks in top condition ready for when you visit. Our valeters can carry out an autumn, spring or both, deck clean to ensure your decks are free of green for the new season. If you would like your bed linen removed, laundered and put back on after a sailing trip our team can also provide this service. Whatever your requirements contact us to find out more.


Where is the emergency equipment?

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.

Click here to view the safety map.

Where is the nearest doctor in Lymington?

Wistaria Surgery
18 Avenue Road
SO41 9GJ
Tel: 01590 672212

Chawton House Surgery
St Thomas Street
SO41 9ND
Tel: 01590 672953

The Urgent Treatment Centre at Lymington Hospital is open between 8am and 9pm, 365 days per year. The Urgent Treatment Centre will look after patients with an urgent minor injury or an urgent minor illness that is not critical or life-threatening. e.g. sprains, broken bones, bites or stings, as well as assessing and treating wounds.

Urgent Treatment Centre
Wellworthy Rd
SO41 8QD
Tel: 01590 663000

Where is the nearest dentist?

Avenue House Dental Care
44 Southampton Rd
Tel: 01590 672 100
Tel: 07734 200 392 (Mobile)

Donald F Mackenzie
Solent House
Cannon Street
SO41 9BR
Tel: 01590 672 986

How do I get to casualty?

For minor injuries, it is possible to visit the Urgent Treatment Cetre at Lymington Hospital.  For more serious health concerns Bournemouth and Southampton Hospital have ED’s. Or call 999 in a medical emergency. This is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk

Lymington FAQ

Where are the supermarkets?

Tesco Metro is a 10-minute stroll away, Marks and Spencers Food Hall is a 20-minute walk and another 5 minutes and you will reach Waitrose Supermarket. Obviously, these times all relate to the speed of your walk and how distracted you are by the lovely shops along the way. If you would prefer to support local there are also butchers and greengrocers which are just off the high street.

It is also possible to arrange supermarket deliveries for the day of your arrival. If you are an annual berth holder you can also request the team at Berthon deliver the shopping to your boat.

Click here to access a map to find the supermarkets on a map.


Where can I get milk or a paper on Sunday?

All of the supermarkets are open on Sunday, as is Nick Cox Chandler which has a small convenience store and off license.

Click to view a map showing all chandlers and supermarkets.

Where is the nearest chandlery?

Force 4
Bath Road, 01590 673 698.
A short walk across the road.

Nick Cox Chandlery
King’s Saltern Road, 01590 673489.
Half a mile from the marina.

Admirals Court, Quay Road, 01590 672 784.
Within 5 mins of the marina.


Is there a public slipway?

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. Click here for further information.

Where are the best walks with my dog?

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.

Which day is market day and what time does the market close?

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!

When does the open top tourist bus run and from where?

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?

How do I get to the Wightlink Ferry terminal?

Wightlink is located directly opposite Berthon Lymington Marina and can’t be reached via a 25minute walk. Or speak to our Dockmasters about hiring a bike so that you can explore more of the Isle of Wight on your visit.

Wightlink can be contacted at 0870 582 7744.


Have you got the number for a local taxi firm?

Lymington Taxis can be contacted at 01590 688888. Click the link for a list of other local taxi firms.

Where is the Lymington Tourist Information Office?

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. Alternatively, ask our friendly team of Dockmasters who all live locally, their knowledge of the area is unrivalled.


Is there a local museum?

St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery are located in New Street, a one-way road leading East off the High Street between Boots the Chemist and Costa Coffee. The museum shows how Lymington and the surrounding towns and villages have developed over time. You will also find a Berthon section of the Museum. There is also a lovely cafe serving delicious coffees, speciality teas, sandwiches, lunches and yummy cake.


How do I get into town?

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.

Food & Drink

Where are the best Lymington restaurants & pubs

Click on the link below to view Berthon’s Essential Guide with some pubs and restaurants in Lymington and the surrounding area, including some of our clients’ favourite haunts.

What are the opening and serving times for the Royal Lymington Yacht Club?

The Royal Lymington Yacht Club is a short walk as you turn left out of the Berthon gates.

Their restaurant, bar and sun terraces provide arguably the most picturesque views of the Lymington River and the Solent shore.

The Royal Lymington Yacht Club
Main Office: 01590672677
Restaurant: 01590 671751
Bar: 01590 671753


What are the opening and serving times for the Lymington Town Sailing Club?

Lymington Town Sailing Club
Tel: 01590 674514 (Office)
Tel: 01590 689008 (Restaurant)

Opening Hours:

Monday            Closed
Tuesday            12pm – 2.30pm | 5.00pm – 9pm
Wednesday      12pm – 2.30pm | 5.00pm – 9pm
Thursday          12pm – 2.30pm | 5.00pm – 9pm
Friday                12pm – 2.30pm | 5.00pm – 9pm
Saturday           12pm – 10pm
Sunday              12pm – 6pm

Last orders in the Restaurant are:

Lunchtime – 1430

Evenings – 20.30

Where’s the nearest pub with a beer garden?

The Mayflower Pub has a large beer garden and is just a short walk from the marina: 01590 672160.

Turn left onto Bath Road when leaving Berthon, and you’ll find the Mayflower on the left after a five minute walk.

Alternatively, turn right and after a short walk to the quay, you will be greeted with a number of pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from. For recommendations speak to our friendly team of Dockmasters.


Why should I consider a Gemini?

For 45 years, Gemini Marine Boats has been building the highest quality, safest and most durable boats for customers around the world. For 35 of those years, they have been proud to partner with NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute).

Since initial orders with NSRI, Gemini has successfully designed, developed and built world class RIBs and supplied them to more rescue organisations on every continent. Gemini RIBs have consistently proven to be the specialised RIB of choice for professional users.

Why are Gemini boat collars (tubes) made out of Hypalon?

Gemini tubes are constructed from Hypalon for superior strength, durability, longevity and a heavier-duty build. The seams are meticulously finished and secured, contributing to increased strength, while the fabric itself is more resilient. Although Hypalon comes at a slightly higher cost, the investment is justified by its unmatched performance. In contrast, PVC is often tailored to meet specific price points, resulting in smaller RIBs. Notably, Zapcat is the only PVC Fabric Tube in the Gemini range. We specifically use 1670 DTEX military-grade Hypalon, surpassing the typically used 1100 DTEX, which offers increased resistance to tears and punctures as well as a prolonged lifespan. The result is a robust and durable RIB, ensuring long-lasting performance.

For more on Hypalon and PVC, see our blog – HYPALON VS PVC Gemini RIBs (

Are inflatable boats safe and stable?

Absolutely, the safety and stability of inflatable boats were fundamental to their invention. The tubes, designed with separate compartments like the Gemini 880’s seven chambers, ensure that a single puncture won’t compromise overall safety. In rough conditions, the tubes on a RIB serve as effective cushioning, acting as stabilisers. This stability and fendering makes them particularly suitable for manoeuvres such as coming alongside another boat.

What size Gemini should I get?

Choosing the size of a Gemini depends on personal preference and intended use. Consider factors such as the number of people you want to accommodate, equipment requirements, storage space, berth size and if whether you are going to trailer the RIB. Typically, starting with a smaller, manageable size RIB is advisable, and you can scale up as your family or specific needs grow. Currently, our most popular size is the 880, offering an adaptable and preferred option.

Is Gemini a good choice for a commercial boat?

Gemini is an excellent choice for a commercial boat. Renowned for its heavy-duty build and a strong heritage in commercial, search and rescue, and defence applications, it is adaptable for various operations. We offer in-house coding at Berthon and they are easily coded for commercial use. The cost-effectiveness of Gemini stands out compared to other commercial brands. For added protection, consider a cabin RIB or T-Top from Gemini.

What to look out for when buying a RIB?

When purchasing a RIB, focus on a reputable brand, like Gemini. Explore feedback from other owners of the same type of RIB. Also, consider its use by commercial operators and check their lists of existing users to gauge its heritage and reputation. Enquire about the boat’s place of construction for insights into quality, reliability and warranty support.

What is the most Seaworthy RIB?

The seaworthiness of a RIB depends on factors like hull design, build quality, and its classification (Category A, B, or C) indicating suitability for inshore or offshore waters. Assessing the target market of the RIB is crucial. Gemini RIBs are trusted and used rigorously by hard-core operators, which is testament to their durability and exceptional seaworthiness.

Where can I buy new RIBs and spare parts?

You can purchase all new Gemini RIBs and spare parts through Berthon and BHG. As Gemini uses universal marine products, you’ll also find many smaller spares at most chandleries.



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