From Thursday 5th November, England will go back into lockdown to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.  As part of the lockdown, the UK Government requires members of the public to stay at home, which means not leaving or being outside of the home except for specific purposes.

Click here for further details from the UK Government.

Within the new restrictions, SYH is able to continue day-to-day operations and site maintenance seven days a week as usual.  Onsite marine tenants are also able to remain operational. 

Ongoing SYH activity will include boat movements and projects in the workshops, and any lifting or launching of boats will also go ahead as planned; owners will be kept up to date on any developments.

SYH managing director Jonathan Dyke commented, “These are difficult times for us all and we understand berth holders and boat owners will be concerned about the safety of their vessels, especially during the colder months.  Customers can rest assured the SYH team will continue to work diligently to ensure projects remain on track and boats are kept secure.”

As in any year, the annual dredging of the harbour, pontoon repairs and general site maintenance will also continue to ensure SYH is ready for next season.  

Heightened security at SYH will be maintained throughout lockdown; if needed it can be increased and this will remain under review.  As part of the daily running of the harbour, the SYH boat movements team will continue to carry out safety checks, including monitoring berthing lines, covers and fenders.

Jonathan continued, “The workshops are currently busy with refit and repair projects and the team will carry on with these as normal.  Given the events of this year, we know boat owners are keen to make the most of next season, so it’s advisable to speak to the SYH team soon if you are considering any maintenance work.”

The SYH and Classic Marine chandleries will also be closed to the public from Thursday 5th November.  Classic Marine will continue to operate via and the team can take enquiries over the phone (01473 659 394).  By utilising Classic Marine’s existing shipment services, the SYH chandlery is also able to take phone or email orders for delivery.  If you are keen to do any home-based boat repairs or improvements, please contact chandlery manager Richard Gadd (via the details at the end of this article), who will be happy to help.  

Jonathan Dyke added, “SYH is committed to supporting its customers and ensuring the safety of all vessels at the harbour.  The team is available via the contact details below to give advice, answer queries or discuss any concerns.”

Please note, further guidance and legislation is expected to be released in the coming days.  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  

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: