River at the heart of the Solent sailing scene
Welcome aboard, River Hamble
The River Hamble in Hampshire is one of the UK’s boating honeypots. The three mile stretch from the mouth to Swanwick bridge is home to over 3,000 boats, famous yacht clubs, yachting pubs plus eight marinas and boatyards.
The River Hamble Harbour Authority is a municipal port under the governance of Hampshire County Council. The harbour team is responsible for safety, environmental protection, safe navigation and moorings management.
The Authority manages over 700 mid-river moorings for the Crown Estate, operates three visitor pontoons, tender berthing, public slipways, scrubbing grids and quayside. The team patrol the river daily, managing speed and safety, collecting mooring fees and providing towing and other marine services.
Being such a popular boating location means that the administration team manages a waiting list of over 500 for the mid-river moorings, with a wait of up to a decade for a mooring.
Marinas and moorings
The Hamble is known for big marinas, with MDL, Premier and Dean & Reddyhoff/boatfolk all having a presence alongside local independent operators. These marinas provide around 2,000 walk-ashore berths in addition to the mid-river moorings managed by the Authority and others.
The Authority collects harbour dues from the marina and mooring operators and from boat owners on directly-managed moorings.
Harbour Master, Jason Scott, said in his annual report: “Helping us manage better both private and commercial accounts this year will be the introduction of a new harbour management system.
“The new cloud-based system safeguards private data to meet General Data Protection Regulations and will allow account holders to access their accounts, self-certify and make payments online”.
More information about the River Hamble.
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