Berth Holder Associations

Information for Clubs and Classes that are setting up berth holder associations.

The RYA provides information on setting up Berth Holder Associations at marinas in the UK, explaining how to get started and providing template documentation.

Berth Holder Associations, whereby individuals to come together to represent the interest of marina based boat owners, can play an integral role in improving facilities and services at marinas. 

Berth Holder Associations have been formed at many marinas around the UK. In addition to the important social side of their activities, many of these groups have been successful in providing marina operators with suggestions and ideas for improving facilities and services.

Some examples of activities reported by Associations include:-

  • Arranging better use of marina facilities, such as; more flexible lock opening times to accommodate rallies and events, arranging group boat-hoist events to minimise costs
  • Improving marina security
  • Finding solutions to “restrictive” trading issues
  • Obtaining local supplier discounts for Association members
  • Representing members views to local Harbour advisory groups
  • Organising cruising, social events, lectures and demonstrations