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Takings up at Lymington marina
This summer’s heatwave proved a buoyant boost for one of Hampshire’s most popular marinas.
Takings from overnight moorings at Lymington Har-bour rose by nearly a third (33.5 per cent) this year compared to last summer’s washout – making it the most successful year for three years.
Berthing fees at the Bath Road marina hit £58,672 from June to August compared to £43,937 for the same period in 2012.
Overall 4,002 boats moored up overnight this summer, 566 more than last year signifying a 16.5% rise.
At the height of the heatwave takings rose by 45% in July with £21,891 collected from 1,502 vessels compared to £15,092 from 1,186 boats there last year.
August proved the most lucrative month with £22,885 collected from 1,645 vessels compared to £17,391 from 1,358 in 2012.
The slightly wetter June meant only 855 boats moored up – 37 less than last year – but the harbour raised £2,442 more in takings.
Bosses put this down to more larger boats arriving and sailors opting for walk on shore pontoons rather than choosing cheaper buoyed moorings in deeper water requiring people to reach the shore in dinghies.
Speaking at the latest harbour commissioners’ meeting harbour master Ryan Willegers said: “The summer has been exceptional and it really shows that weather is the key. After two months of sunshine the numbers are up massively. We are also seeing a higher growth in the higher yield moorings and seeing bigger boats.”
The group discussed strat-egies to encourage day trippers and short-term visitors to extend their stays.
Harbour commissioner Richard Jenner said: “There’s an opportunity for local deals to offer an incentive for people to stay for the night.”
But Mr Willegers said: “We need to be careful we don’t start diluting revenue without getting any gain.”
Commissioner Brian May said local councillors should do more to promote the harbour’s place in the town.
Mr Willegers said he is working with the Lymington Town Council to highlight the harbour’s facilities.
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