Weymouth & Portland Permit
A permit is needed if you wish to operate a Personal Water Craft (PWC) or any form of powered watercraft towing skiers, wakeboarders, donuts etc within the limits of Weymouth Harbour. This permit will grant you the Harbour Master’s permission (under Byelaw 34.1) to conduct these watersports within the Harbour limits.
Permits are available from:
Harbour Masters Office, 13 Custom House Quay, Weymouth
Telephone: +44 (0) 1305 838423
Beachside Leisure Centre, Bowleaze Cove
Telephone: +44 (0) 1305 833216
*Please note that annual permits can only be issues from the Harbour Master’s Office.
Separate charges and rules apply in Portland Harbour.
Weymouth Bay Zoning Buoys
For the safety of all users of Weymouth Bay, please familiarise yourself with the chartlet and with the safety instructions detailed below.
- All power driven vessels should keep seaward of the white buoys across Weymouth Bay.
- The anchoring of any vessel is not permitted within the white buoys except within the established anchoring area at Overcombe (far NE end of Weymouth beach) which is marked by blue buoys, shown on the map. Propellers and anchors could seriously injure bathers, therefore, common sense and good seamanship dictate that navigation and mooring in bathing areas should always be avoided.
- The water-ski channel marked by red and white buoys is only for water-ski craft to gain access to the beach. Once passengers and water skiers have been collected from the beach all water-ski activities should take place to seaward of the white buoys.
- Harbour byelaws require water-ski boats to have at least two people in the boat whilst engaged in skiing, thus allowing one person to act as look out astern.
- The PWC channel (marked by red buoys) must only be used to gain access to the beach. After launching all PWC activities should take place to seaward of the white buoys.