Buckler's Hard Yacht Harbour will be closed temporarily to allow a major redevelopment of the Beaulieu River marina.

From 23 September 2019 to 31 January 2020 the harbour will be closed to visiting yachts with limited availability running until 31 March 2020. The closure is to make way for a £2m upgrade under the guidance of Marina Projects to improve access and facilities.

Navigate with caution

Dredging operations will be taking place from 1 October until the end of the year during which time river users are advised to maintain a listening watch for broadcasts and to navigate with caution.

All vessels involved will display the appropriate lights and shapes as required by the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea.

River users are advised to maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 for navigational broadcasts during these operations, and navigate with caution in the vicinity of the vessels involved, particularly the large spoil and piling barges constrained by their draught, which may also transit the River during the hours of darkness.

Swinging moorings will be available but with only limited landing facilities for tenders to come ashore. Fuel dispensing will be closed from 11 November until 28 February and the hoist dock for lifting will be closed from 11 November until 1 December.

Unique character

The redevelopment will preserve the unique character of the Beaulieu River and Buckler's Hard Yacht Harbour whilst securing its future as a desirable place to moor.

The scheme will reduce overcrowding and create more dedicated tender storage areas, improve access to berths and upgrade electrical and other services including a new pump-out facility.

The plans, which have been approved by the Marine Management Organisation and the New Forest National Park Authority, will increase the number of moorings by 66 to 264.

A special place

Beaulieu Enterprises Managing Director, Russell Bowman, says: “The proposals represent a significant investment in the future of the Beaulieu River and are an important part of ensuring that it remains one of the most desirable places to visit and moor a yacht.

“We recognise that the Beaulieu River is a very special place and are committed to undertaking the project in a sensitive and sustainable way.

“Its unique character remains of paramount importance to us for its future. The reconfiguration will offer the best possible service for our customers, while keeping a similar look and feel to the existing yacht harbour.”

Further information on these works can be obtained from the Harbour Office or www.beaulieuriver.co.uk.