Following the initial lockdown announcement from the UK Government, SYH has continued to liaise with marine industry officials to seek clarity on the current legislation for boat owners.  It has now been announced that recreational boating is included within the permitted list of daily exercise activities.

As a reminder, the UK Government is taking the following action across England from 5th November to 2nd December:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Preventing gatherings between people who do not live together, except for specific purposes.
  3. Closing certain businesses and venues.

SYH encourages adherence to the Government’s lockdown restrictions, which can be found here.  Members of the public are asked to be particularly mindful of the limitations on travel and the guidance on staying at home.

Clarification on the restrictions for boats owners has been announced as follows.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has confirmed “recreational boating can form part of an outdoor exercise regime either alone, with one other person, or within your household or bubble.”

Government guidance states all forms of water sports practised on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately owned motorised craft are allowed provided social distancing is observed.

Please note, no overnight stays on boats are permitted, except for residential berth holders (where the boat is a primary residence) or for business purposes. 

As previously announced, the SYH site is open and operating, as are the onsite marine businesses.  If you are concerned about your boat, or if you would like SYH to carry out any work on your behalf, please don’t hesitate to contact the team via the details below.

Please note, SYH buildings are not accessible to members of the public during the lockdown period.  The exceptions to this are the toilet and shower facilities, which remain open for all site users.  Face coverings should be worn when inside the toilet and shower buildings.

For further details, read SYH’s Covid-19 guidance document here.

SYH managing director Jonathan Dyke commented, “We appreciate the evolving situation is challenging and as always, we are here to answer any queries or discuss any concerns.  The team can be contacted between 8am – 5.30pm, seven days a week by calling 01473 659 465.”

Any future announcements will be made via the SYH website, email newsletter (sign up using the form at the bottom of the website homepage) and the SYH Facebook and Instagram pages.


Please contact SYH via 01473 659 465, or VHF Channel 80.

Alternatively, you are welcome to get in touch with one of the team directly:

Jonathan Dyke, managing director:

Joshua Major, boatyard services director:

Chris Nunn, berthing manager:

Richard Gadd, chandlery manager:

Bob Gibbon, operations manager:

Aaron Woolf, boat movements manager: