Answers to Boating Facilities FAQs

Tell me about the Moorings?

We have moorings for 67 boats at Totnes, split into 3 areas: Mainstream (from the clubhouse to the bridge); above the bridge; and the Milltail. The charge for a Milltail mooring is slightly lower than the other two areas, because access is limited to a shorter period of the tide. All our moorings are “trots” requiring access by dinghy. Some of the moorings dry out at low tide.

What are the size limits?

We accept boats up to 8m in length. If your boat is longer, it may be possible to accommodate it, but that is not guaranteed – please speak to the Chief Ships’ Husband (CSH). For practical reasons, we do not accept catamarans or fin keels.

What period of time am I liable to have to wait and are you guaranteed a mooring once you have joined?

We try hard to accommodate every request for a mooring, providing the boat meets our criteria. In recent years we have not had to turn anyone away, but we cannot guarantee a mooring will be available for you until we see, at the start of each summer season, how many applications we have and how many moorings are free.  The smaller your boat is, the better your chances. Moorings for larger boats are always in demand and are allocated on the basis of length of membership.

What Winter moorings are there?

Winter moorings are available in the Milltail. Because of the risk of damage to boats and moorings, we do not allow boats to remain on moorings in the mainstream or above the bridge during the winter. Members not wanting a winter mooring in the Milltail must take their boat away or store it in our boat park over the winter.

Explain trot mooring and the warps?

A  “trot” mooring is one where the boat is secured by warps (ropes with shackles) to buoys fore and aft. The buoys are secured by chains to the river bed. You will need to access your mooring by dinghy.

Where can I store my boat?

We have storage facilities for about 60 boats in our boat park on the opposite side of Steamer Quay Road from the clubhouse.  There is electricity and water available, at no extra charge.

What is Boat Park security?

The boat park is fronted by high secure fencing, but it becomes less secure when the gates are unlocked. We have had instances of theft and vandalism and cannot guarantee security. Outboard engines are particularly vulnerable and you are strongly advised not to leave them on your boat over the winter.

What facilities are there in the boat-park?

We have electricity and water available in the boat park, at no extra charge. There is also much free advice offered by other members, some of which you may find useful!

What about boats on trailers?

If you have a TBA mooring you may leave your trailer in the boat park during the summer, without charge, with the permission of the CSH. Boats on trailers cannot be stored in the boat park by members after craning-in, as storage is at a


Tender storage is available on the clubhouse site for inflatable’s only, and in the boat park for hard dinghies and inflatable’s. The storage charge in the boat park is 50% of that on the clubhouse site.

What insurance is compulsory?

It is a condition of using TBA moorings or boat storage that you have public liability insurance on your boat to a minimum of £3 million. This is standard cover within marine insurance policies. You will be asked to supply a copy of your insurance certificate with your mooring or storage application.

What other outside facilities?

In addition the boat park facilities mentioned above, we have water supply available on the clubsite for refilling of boat tanks, and a crane for lifting heavy items in or out of boats. The use of the crane is only allowed under qualified supervision. We have a slipway for dinghy access to the river, and this can also be used to launch smaller boats on trailers.

How do I use the club dinghy?

There are two club dinghies available for short term use by members to transport items to and from moorings, and for use by Ships Husbands when carrying out maintenance to moorings. Dinghies should not be removed from the slipway for more than a few minutes at a time, so that they are available for use by others. When tying up the club dinghies after use it is important to leave a long line so that the dinghy remains afloat in all tide conditions. The slipway should not be blocked.

What do I get when I pay for a mooring?

You get the right to moor your boat during the summer (and winter, for the Milltail) on the mooring allocated to you by the Ships Husbands.

You are guaranteed that the club will reserve a mooring for you as long as you remain a Full member, although this will not necessarily be the same mooring you start with.

All Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority mooring fees and harbour dues are covered, so you will have nothing extra to pay to DHNA. We will issue you with DHNA stickers for both your boat and tender - these must be prominently displayed.  (If you use visitors’ buoys or visitors moorings down the river, DHNA charge much more for boats not displaying stickers.)

What is the process to obtain a mooring?

As soon as you know you would like a mooring you should advise the Chief Ships Husband by phone or in writing, giving an indication of the type and size of boat. Your request will be noted and kept on a waiting list. In February each year, Mooring Application Forms are sent out to members by email, and are available behind the clubhouse bar. The completed form, insurance certificate and payment need to be sent to the Treasurer. In April we will publish a moorings chart, showing which moorings have been allocated to which boats. In the unlikely event that your request cannot be accommodated, your money will be refunded in full.

How can I get my boat in and out of the river?

If you have a trailer you can use our slipway or the public slipway next to the Dart/Totnes Rowing club about half a mile downstream or you can use our cranage facilities. Each spring and autumn we hire the services of a cranage company to lift the boats in/out of the water and onto trailers or into our boat park. This process normally takes two days. Members do much of the hard work involved to keep the charges down, so you are strongly encouraged to turn up and help. If you require cranage, you should fill in the appropriate section of the Summer Mooring or Winter Storage application form.


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