Parkstone Bay is the only marina on the South coast to operate this facility of dry berthing, offering customers the flexibility and convenience to access and use their boats at any time, whilst keeping them safely out of the water. Our staff are trained to launch boats safely but quickly, so you should not need to wait more than a few minutes to be on the water.
Our Berthing contracts include:
Annual Berth on one of our specially designed trailers
Unlimited launching, 7 days a week and longer hours during peak seasons
Early morning launches and late night use of the waiting pontoon
Easy access to your boat at all times without being stored on high racks
Free ‘mid-week fueling’ service
Car parking for 1 Car
Increased security, including CCTV coverage of dry berthing park and night security
Free Wi-Fi access
15% Discount on Harbour Sea School courses
Access to water for wash down
Electricity available, chargeable at cost on a meter
Inclusion in Social Events and Rallies
Note: We are restricted to launching when the water is above 1m, roughly 1 hour either side of low tide.
Other benefits of Dry Berthing at Parkstone Bay includes having access to your boat at all times for maintenance and cleaning and also there is no need to call ahead for boat launches. You will also benefit from lower annual maintenance costs and an improvement in the residual value of your boat. There is no need to anti-foul and you can have peace of mind knowing your boat is out of the water in bad weather.
Dry Berthing | A simple procedure
When you arrive at the marina – park in the car park and make use of one of the marina trolleys outside the café to load your gear straight into your boat.
Prepare your boat for launching – remove any boat covers, check your bung is in and that all lines and fenders are out on the port side. Finally, check that nothing is attached to the trailer and that your outboards/legs are in the down position. Where applicable your trim tabs and boarding ladders should be in the up position.
When your boat is ready to launch – write your trailer number on the whiteboard located on the end of the dry berth racking. Our staff will collect your boat in turn and launch her to the launch pontoon.
Proceed along the pontoon walkways – to the ‘launch pontoon’ and wait for your boat to arrive. As a courtesy to other boat owners, we ask that you are ready and able to take charge of your boat as soon as it is in the water.
Once you have taken charge of your boat – either depart straight away or move along to the ‘waiting pontoon’ where there should be space for you to make any last minute preparations and take passengers on board.
At the end of your day boating – berth on the waiting pontoon with your port side to the pontoon. Make sure your outboards and legs are in the down position and your trim tabs and ladders in the up position. If you would like to be lifted out straight away move your boat to the launch pontoon and our staff will lift the boat out in turn and return her to the boat park. You will then have the opportunity to wash down and replace covers so she is secure until your next visit. If you would prefer to stay in the water please let our staff know your plans (subject to space).
Please note that times are dependent on weather and tidal conditions. Boats are not launched when the water level falls below 1m.
Fuelling your boat on Dry Berthing
If you store your boat on a dry berth we offer a complimentary fuelling service. To take advantage of this, call the marina office on 01202 747857 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Simply let us know how many litres of which fuel you would like and we will move the boat around to the fuel station by land for fuelling.
Waiting Pontoon Etiquette
For your safety and enjoyment we ask that you observe the following:
You should always wear a life jacket and be extra careful on the pontoons, especially when wet or windy. Children must be accompanied at all times.
Port side to the pontoon
Wherever possible your boat should be secured with the port side to the pontoon.
Keeping the pontoon clear
Wherever possible we ask that you leave your possessions on the boat until it is back in its trailer space. If your boat is staying in the water overnight please ensure no valuable items are left on board.
Use of the waiting pontoon
You can stay on the waiting pontoon anytime during the day and overnight if there is room. Your boat is your responsibility whilst on the waiting pontoon and you should ensure she is properly secured with adequate fenders.
We reserve the right to recover any boat from the waiting pontoon if we feel this is necessary to assist our operations.