Calshot Activities Centre marine rules

Marine rules for all users

  1. These marine rules are in addition to Calshot Activities Centre site rules, which must also be observed.
  2. Launching is not permitted overnight from 11pm to 7am as associated vehicle movements may cause disturbance to residential customers.
  3. Kitesurfing members must heed advice given by 24/7 Boardsports regarding risk to themselves and others whilst on the water. Members considered to be endangering themselves or others will be asked to leave the site.
  4. No obstruction or hindrance is to be caused to any shipping using the main channel adjacent to the Centre. Failure to comply is likely to result in prosecution by the Southampton Harbour Master and/or exclusion from site.
  5. The sailing area west of the Sopwith Hangar is reserved for Calshot Activities Centre teaching purposes, so must not be entered. When students under instruction are encountered elsewhere, please give way to them.
  6. Power craft are to observe a speed limit of 4 knots within 100 metres of the slipways, jetty and shoreline.
  7. Slipways and slipway access are to be kept clear for use, by parking cars in the main car park and by rigging up boats away from the slip. The RNLI lane on the main slip must always be clear.
  8. All instructions given by Centre staff, security or site attendant are to be followed.
  9. To enable us to contact owners promptly in case of damage or theft, Centre staff will affix Calshot identification boat stickers to members’ boat trailers and windsurf board store identification stickers to the racks. We reserve the right to move craft or boards at owners risk, if improperly parked or unidentifiable.
  10. Craft must be adequately restrained against the high winds which are a feature of the site. A member may seek permission from the Director to install holding down points or heavy blocks.  These must be installed within the designated bay, be clearly marked and not cause a trip hazard.
  11. If at any time fees payable to the Centre by any member or former member are more than 2 weeks in arrears, or the former member has abandoned his/her property, or unidentifiable boats, trailers, boards are found:
    1. The Director shall be entitled, upon giving one month’s notice in writing to the member or former member at his last known address, and / or posting notices upon the item for one month, to sell the property and deduct any monies due to the Centre from the net proceeds of the sale.
    2. The Director shall be entitled to move the boat/windsurfer or trailer to any part of the premises without being liable for any loss or damage to it however caused.
    3. The Centre shall, at all times, have a lien over members’ or former members’ or other persons’ boats, trailers or windsurfers stored on the Centre’s premises, in respect of the monies due to the Centre.
  12. The main (North) slipway (by the Jetty), can be very busy, the RNLI and the Centre have priority. Beware launching one hour either side of extreme low water springs when there may be insufficient water. Trailers are to be returned to your boat park space or the public trailer park. Small cats should be launched from the East slip which is unsuitable for vehicles and is mostly used by the Calshot Cats Club. Shallow draft boats will find the west slip into the creek, by the pontoons, a more sheltered option but it is only usable HW –1½ to +3½ and will vary depending upon size of craft.
  13. Boats and PW craft are not to be left unattended when on the slipways or tied up by the jetty stairs, these are needed for Centre use. The moorings west of the main slipway are private/light duty, however boat park/launch members may use the Calshot Activities Centre orange buoy closest north of the slipway, at their own risk. The seasonal buoy at the foot of the slip is for hauling off. Boats can be left for up to 15 minutes on the creek pontoons.
  14. Craft and trailers must be stored in a safe manner and spaces kept clean and tidy. Storage of road trailers which occupy a space additional to that allocated to the boat is not permitted, due to shortage of space.
  15. Failure to pay annual boat park/storage renewal fees by the due date of 1 March or other publicised deadline will result in cancellation of the allocated space, which will be offered to persons on the waiting list. Boats/trailers/boards occupying spaces for which payment has been either not been made or not accepted, will be treated as abandoned, see Marine Rule 11 above.
  16. Electricity is available via RCD protected outlets at the centre, eastern and western ends of the low wooden fence at the rear of the quay and also by the Schneider Hangar entrance. Persons using these supplies are responsible for ensuring that any appliances and leads connected are safe to use. If power is lost, either a new token (available to purchase from reception), needs to be inserted in the meter, or the RCD switch in the local supply box needs to be reset, once the defective appliance has been disconnected. If power is still lost, members should contact reception.
  17. All waste including hazardous waste, waste oil, batteries and paint must be removed from site.
  18. The use of boats as living accommodation ashore is not permitted.

Marine advice

All water users should be able to swim 50 metres and should wear life jackets or buoyancy aids when afloat in small craft, including windsurfers/kitesurfers.

All boats, including wind/kite surfers, should comply with MCA Codes of Practice for operation and safety equipment and operate within the areas specified by the Centre, see Visitor Information map.

Information on current and recent wind speeds and direction is available on the internet at or Tide tables may be available to purchase from reception.

Calshot Activities Centre provides boat storage facilities for members. Police advise that in the interests of security, trailers should be secured with high quality wheel clamps and ball hitch locks, covered with taped up plastic bags. Police also recommend that owners of adjacent boats exchange phone numbers, to advise each other of suspicious behaviour or when the boat is taken off site. Attractive easily removed items such as fishing gear, radios or outboards should be taken away or heavily secured. All thefts are to be reported immediately to Hythe Police 0845 0454545 and to the Duty Receptionist or Duty Manager. Surveillance cameras are in operation, prompt reporting enables the recording to be copied for Police use. There is also night security on duty throughout the year and the site gate is locked overnight.

About these rules

Revised February 2016