The Launch runs based on the Spring and Autumn clock changes. The operational area for the launch is river moorings from the mouth of the river to Mercury Marina. The launch will NOT normally pick up or deliver to marinas or pontoons connected to the shore. During Club events and regattas priority will be given to participants/competitors.
The launch may not be called later than 30 minutes before the launch service ends. The maximum number of persons to be carried by the launch is 10. The Bosun has authority to reduce the maximum if he considers that it is necessary and has the authority to refuse to operate the launch if he believes it is unsafe to do so. Calls to the Club launch are to be made by calling 07900 872461 .
In the timetable you will see the times the launch will be leaving the club, if you arrive after these times you will need to wait until the next departure time. There is no need to book just be at the launch pontoon at the time of departure. The launch will come to collect you when its already on route to drop someone off or when it is due to depart the club at the next timetabled slot. Please call or discuss collection directly with the Bosun on your outbound trip.
During regattas or other on the water events the service will be amended accordingly.
As agreed by the Executive Committee there will be an annual charge of £100.00 or a £2.50 per trip charge. To sign up for the annual charge please log into your account where you can purchase a permit. The permit is for the boat, so it covers anyone visiting that boat.
The crane is for the use of Members and competitors boats only.
The weight limit for the use of the crane is 3 tonnes.
All strops/slings used on the crane must have a valid strop test certificate; on no account may the crane be operated with strops/slings that are not correctly tested and approved.
The Club has sets of strops and slings which have been correctly certified.
The crane may only be operated by the Bosuns or by Members who have attended and passed appropriate training sessions; operation is at their own risk. Other members and competitors can book the facility through the Sailing Office but may not operate the crane.
The Crane key will be held by the duty Bosun, or outside the Bosuns’ hours of duty, by Reception. It will be issued to authorised users upon request, and must be returned immediately after the launch or lift.
Any damage or loss will be the liability of the person to whom the key was issued.
Other than the authorised user all other persons must keep clear whilst the crane is in operation. Non-members are not insured to use the crane.
Boats must not be left unattended underneath the crane, and must leave this pontoon if the crane is in use.