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Hartlepool Marina Berth Holders Association

Using The Lock

Prepare To " Lock Out " To Sea

Check your vessel Is sea worthy,

Check lock timetable and prepare for leaving your berth.
Remove Springs. If single handed, This would be an ideal time To hang Fenders on side of vessel and make ready Warps.
Good idea To have Fenders on both sides for protection from others.
Radio Marina On VHF Channel 37 Or 80 io request "Lock Out" to sea, before leaving your berth.

Prepare To "Lock In" From The Sea

Hang Fenders to Port (Recommend Fenders Are Hung On Starboard As Well) and make ready Mooring Lines.
Radio the Marina on VHF Channel 37 or 80 (If No Radio Use Mobile Phone, Do Not Just enter The Marina Unannounced) and await conformation.

Entering The Lock

If there are other vessels awaiting to enter the Lock, you will probably be requested by the Lock Keeper to let the larger vessels enter first. (If You Are Not Asked, It Would Be Good Practice To Do This Anyway)
The Leading Light when White will keep you in the channel, especially when nearing Low Water. If light dhows Green or Red alter vourse accordingly.

In The Lock

Be considerate of others, go slow, move as far foward in the Lock as possible and have your Stern And Aft Mooring Lines at the ready.
If another vessel needs to moor up against you be ready to take his lines.

Leaving The Lock

Be patient wait your turn, allow vessels ahead of you to leave first.
Before Casting Off, check no one is behind you has been impatient.
Do not release your Lines until the Lockgates are fully open and keep to the 4 Knot speed limit. (It Is There For A Reason)

Going To Your Berth

Please keep to the 4 Knot limit. Your wash could cause damage to other vessels.

Entering The Lock

Wait for Green Light before entering Lock. It would not be wise To loiter around the Lock entrance as other vessels may need to exit the lock.
If there are other vessels awaiting to enter the lock, you will probably be requested by the Lock Keeper to let the larger vessels enter first. (If you are not asked it would be good practice to do this anyway)

In The Lock

Be considerate of others, go slow, move as far forward in the lock as possible and have your stern and aft Mooring Lines at the ready.
Be aware your fenders may need adjusting, depending on if you are moored up against yhe Pontoon or another vessel.
If another vessel needs to moor up against you, be ready to take his Lines.

Visitors

Visitors should ensure all outstanding charges are paid up before exiting Lock to sea.
Please do not forget to return your key. (There Is A Box On The Lock Pontoon)
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