The use of powered craft on the Milford Haven Waterway is a popular activity with many new users starting out from the various launch sites around the waterway include two marinas.
Powered craft range in size speed and manoeuvrability. Small to medium RIBs, sportboats and fishing boats are in the majority on the water way although larger ‘Gin palaces’ make regular appearances in the summer months.
Zoning and Byelaws
When using the Waterway you must ensure that you are considerate towards all other users. Please abide by the zoning scheme and byelaws as detailed in the Leisure Users Guide. This can also be found in the Port of Milford Haven's printed tide tables. To check tides online please use our searchable tide table or download the printed version. As a user of a powered craft you should be aware of commercial traffic and other recreational users in the haven, and moderate your passage accordingly.
You should take particular care near training and teaching areas, moorings, waterski zones, marina entrances, launch sites and slipways, other craft at anchor, divers, pontoons, beaches where bathing is taking place and in the Dead Slow Minimum Wake areas.
Dead Slow Minimum Wake Zones
These areas contain navigational hazards such as shallow water, sandbars and mud flats. They are also of international importance for wildlife and most fall within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. As such we ask that you keep to a dead slow minimum wake to support the quiet and relaxed enjoyments of these areas.
You are also encouraged to follow the Pembrokeshire Marine Code to minimise any disturbance to wildlife and to enable you to have the best experience possible.
Also consider that both your speed and your wake can create a hazard. Wash created by your vessel travels; the impact might effect users some distance away - and even on the shoreline. We ask for you consideration in travelling at the designated speed and always being mindful of other users.
Personal Water Craft/Jetski
In addition to power boats of various designs, the waterway sees the occasional Personal Water Craft (PWC or Jetski) although the majority venture to the coast for the excitement the beaches have to offer. If you intend to use a PWC in the haven, like all other powered craft you must abide by the activity zoning. Due to the speed, maneuverability and noise of PWCs, users who are unfamiliar with their operation may be concerned by your presence. Please be considerate and stay clear of other users. Generally most PWC users in the Haven are interested in general sightseeing and towing activities, some of you may wish to use your ski for aquabatics. Aquabatics are only permitted in the designated area shown in the Leisure User Guide
We recommend that if you are participating in activates involving powered craft in the haven you should receive appropriate training. If you wish to learn how to use a powerboat safely there are a wide variety of options available in the Haven. From basic Powerboat Level 1 up to Instructor and Commercial qualifications, all abilities and aspirations can be catered for. For further details on training centres near you and around the waterway including the courses they offer are available on the RYA website.
General Safety on the Water
It's easy to get caught out on the water and a pleasant day's sail can quickly deteriorate into a serious situation. Our Safety on the Water pages have some helpful information on keeping safe throughout the season. We would recommend subscribing to the Port's Notice to Mariner's pages which will keep you up to date with key waterway news. It would also be worth following the Port of Milford Haven's Twitter and Facebook accounts for news and updates.
For details of launch sites within the Waterway visit www.boatlaunch.co.uk.