Can I store my boat for just the summer or just the winter?
We offer both summer visitor and annual packages.
What are launching hours?
Launching and lifting taking place between Easter and September runs from 0800 – 2030 (last launch at 1600).
What is the size limit for Drystack?
Our Drystack is suitable for boats up to 10m LOA. Larger vessels will be moved to the outer yard over the summer and are guaranteed to be inside for winter.
How do I organise for my boat to be launched from The Drystack?
We require three hours notice from Easter to September – please just call us to book in, on 01803 722 654.
Do you have Full Tidal Access?
We currently dry out at low water so need to avoid approximately 1 3/4 hours either side of this depending on vessel size.
Can I do maintenance work on my boat?
In the same manner that you would call us to launch your boat, please call ahead to arrange a lift down so you can work on her (subject to cradle availability and terms of the contract). Please note that for safety policies you may only have access to your boat between the hours of 09:30–17:00. If there’s something more detailed which needs doing, our skilled crew will be happy to discuss this with you and carry out necessary work.
How many launches are included?
The rate includes as many launches with recoveries as required (excluding the winter layup period).
Lay up. Is my boat safe?
Boats are either in a secure building or hardstanding within our monitored site. They are lifted only by specialist trained crew, so you will you have total peace of mind.
Is there parking nearby?
Yes, there is ample free parking close to the pontoon, plus further parking in the top boatyard.
Can I fuel my boat at Blackness?
Please advise the team at the point of booking. Fuel is neither stored or sold on site, however there is a fuel barge in nearby Dartmouth.
What are the boat yard opening times?
The complex is accessible between 07:30–20:45 from March to September and 07:30–17:00 from October to February.
Is my boat safe?
Our yard is a monitored site, with CCTV, and the owners living on site. Furthermore, all vessels are only ever lifted by specialist marine trained operatives.
Can I leave sails and sprayhood on over winter?
No, unfortunately not. We have a ‘no sail’ policy from October to March to minimise noise and risk for all.
Do I need to check on my boat?
We require owners to lay up their boat suitably for winter, they must regularly check their vessel is safe, and covers etc. intact.
What if my access card fails?
We will need to re program this for you in the office so bring to reception and we can sort it for you.
In case of emergency what should I do?
If anything ever happens at the pontoon please report it to staff immediately, if serious contact 999 and request the coastguard who can raise the Dart Lifeboat. Also can be raised VHF ch16.
Can I work on my boat?
Yes. We do need to know the nature of work planned and for security reasons you will only have access to the boat from 0930 – 1630 to do the works so that at least one of the team will be on site. If you have more detailed work to be done our skilled crew will be happy to discuss and quote for this. Engineering, GRP repair, polishing and valeting can all be done at Blackness Marine!
Can I stay onboard my boat whilst ashore?
No, regrettably not. However, there are plenty of lovely nearby places to stay– just have a look at the ‘Recommended Rooms’ section. They are all within 10 minutes of Blackness Marine and the closest is literally just over the road!