There are slipways available for mariners to use in all three harbours. Slipways are often busy during the summer season and could be dangerous if you gloss over some simple guidelines.
- Ensure your boat and engine are seaworthy and you have more fuel than you need.
- Ensure you wear a well maintained and properly fitted lifejacket or buoyancy vest, carry in date flares, mobile phone, VHF radio, anchor and suitable clothing.
- Check the tides and weather forecasts.
- Tell someone ashore when you are going, where you are going and what time you will be back.
- Make sure the bung (boat drain plug) is in.
- Check your boat/trailer ball hitch is secure before launching.
- Get training if you are new to boating.
- Avoid alcohol (it is a criminal offence to navigate a vessel whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol).
- Please adhere to any instructions from Harbour staff.
- Be patient and give consideration to other users.
- Ensure you have sufficient help.
- Do not allow anyone to ride on trailers.
- Watch out for pedestrians especially behind your boat.
- Ensure slipway is clear.
- The slipway could be slippery!
- Do not leave vehicles / trailers / boats unattended.
Going to Sea
- Wear your lifejacket; it could save your life.
- Comply with the 5 knot speed limit and watch your wash.
- Keep a careful look out at all times and consider other users.
- Comply with the Regulations for preventing collisions at sea (COLREGS).
- Comply with Tor Bay Harbour Bye Laws.
Remember - if you’re not actively launching or recovering a boat, you shouldn’t be on the slipway. If you just want to watch how it’s done, make sure it’s at a safe distance so you won’t be in anyone’s way.