Over the recent Bank Holiday weekend, we undertook the first lock movement of the year with 3 vessels locking out on 30th April in front of a large audience (thanks to ‘The Beach Haven’ for the drone picture). This followed the annual sand clearance and dressing of the mooring area by our contractor Teignmouth Marine Services who were heavily involved in restoring the lock to working order in 2021. The decision was made to delay this work by 3 weeks to allow the worst of the winter storms to pass and maximise the benefit of the sand clearance for users. Many of the boats have now returned to their moorings which we hope will continue to be well covered by sand for the season ahead.
With the lock now operational enquiries have been coming in from vessels wishing to visit the harbour during the season and we are hoping to have a 40’ Dutch built 1964 Yawl in for a few months.
We have noticed a significant increase in trailered boat traffic and remind users to make themselves aware of the local conditions, tidal limits etc. Also, to contact the Harbour Master prior to launching who will advise you accordingly. There is also an information sign as you go down the slipway advising any regulations etc.
Trailered vessel users are reminded that once launched, vehicles and trailers should not be left in the spaces by the lock house which are for permit holders only. Vehicles and trailers should be parked along the road (if available) or in the nearby pay and display car parks.
As many of you will already be aware Storm Eunice took its toll on the Breakwater causing a number of granite slabs to drop on the far end between Tommy’s Pit and Barrel Rock. Sadly “Tommy’s Pit” is now leaking and talks with contractors regarding repairs are ongoing. Due to the location of the required work and access restrictions this is likely to be a costly repair and we are seeking external funding to assist with this.