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        Water User Group

        Boat launching facilities, slipways and moorings for sailing boats and other crafts.

        Join the water user group

        For an annual £60 fee, members of our water user group gain access to our designated facilities for safe and problem free launching.

        Thanet boasts a number of beaches and bays where water activities are permitted including: fishing, jet skiing, sailing, speed boats and water skiing. See the information below for launching facilities and contact details. For enquiries, contact: wateruser@thanet.gov.uk

        Please follow the Coastal Codes when visiting our beaches and bays.

        View launch facilities in Thanet

        Sites designated for fishing boats

        Birchington

        • Minnis Bay, Birchington
          Launching permitted for fishing boats and sail craft.

        Westgate

        • West Bay, Westgate (western slipway)
          Launching permitted for fishing boats and sail craft. Max 14ft, Max 20HP. Hand launching only during summer months 1st June to 30th September
        • West Bay, Westgate (eastern slipway – by kiosk and beach huts)
          Launching permitted for fishing boats and sail craft. No launching during summer months 1st June to 30th September.
        • St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate
          Launching permitted for fishing boats and sail craft. No launching permitted between 9am and 6pm during summer months 1st June to 30th September.

        Margate

        • Margate (front) Harbour
          Launching permitted for sail craft and fishing boats. Moorings available – fees apply. Contact the Harbour Office on 01843 572100 or portoframsgate@thanet.gov.uk
        • Margate (rear) Harbour
          Launching permitted for sail craft, fishing boats and speed boats.

        Cliftonville

        • Foreness Bay, Cliftonville
          Launching permitted for fishing boats, speed boats and water skiing.

        Broadstairs

        • Viking Bay, Broadstairs
          Launching permitted for sail craft and fishing boats. Moorings available – fees apply. Contact the Harbour Office on 01843 572100 or portoframsgate@thanet.gov.uk

        Ramsgate

        • Western Undercliff, Ramsgate
          Launching permitted for sail craft and fishing boats.
        • Ramsgate Harbour
          Launching facilities at Ramsgate Harbour are not part of the water user group. Launching and mooring fees apply. Contact the Harbour Office on 01843 572100 or portoframsgate@thanet.gov.uk
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        Sites designated for jet skis

        Birchington

        • Beresford Gap, Birchington
          Launching facilities are not part of the water user group. Launching facilities for speed boats, jet skis and waterskiing are designated for members of the Beresford Water Ski Club only. Please contact Leigh Flockhart at leighflockhart@hotmail.com or 07808 232011.

        Margate

        • Winter Gardens, Margate
          Launching permitted for PWC (jet ski, jet bikes, wet bikes only).

        Cliftonville

        • Palm Bay/Hodge’s Gap, Cliftonville
          Launching facilities are not part of the water user group. Launching for PWC (jet ski, jet bikes, wet bikes only) are operated by Jet Ski World (cafe/showers/toilets). Fees apply, contact Jet Ski World on 01843 231703.

        Ramsgate

        • Eastern Undercliff, Ramsgate
          Launching permitted for PWC (jet ski, jet bikes, wet bikes only).
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        Sites designated for sail craft

         Birchington

        • Minnis Bay, Birchington
          Launching permitted for sail craft.

        Westgate

        • West Bay, Westgate (western slipway)
          Launching permitted for fishing boats and sail craft. Max 14ft, Max 20HP. Hand launching only during summer months 1st June to 30th September
        • West Bay, Westgate (eastern slipway – by kiosk and beach huts)
          Launching permitted for fishing boats and sail craft. No launching during summer months 1st June to 30th September.
        • St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate
          Launching permitted for fishing boats and sail craft. No launching permitted between 9am and 6pm during summer months 1st June to 30th September.

        Margate

        • Margate (front) Harbour
          Launching permitted for sail craft and fishing boats. Moorings available – fees apply. Contact the Harbour Office on 01843 572100 or portoframsgate@thanet.gov.uk
        • Margate (rear) Harbour
          Launching permitted for sail craft, fishing boats and speed boats.

        Broadstairs

        • Viking Bay, Broadstairs
          Launching permitted for sail craft and fishing boats. Moorings available – fees apply. Contact the Harbour Office on 01843 572100 or portoframsgate@thanet.gov.uk

        Ramsgate

        • Western Undercliff, Ramsgate
          Launching permitted for sail craft and fishing boats.
        • Ramsgate Harbour
          Launching facilities at Ramsgate Harbour are not part of the water user group. Launching and mooring fees apply. Contact the Harbour Office on 01843 572100 or portoframsgate@thanet.gov.uk
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        Sites designated for speed boats

        Birchington

        • Beresford Gap, Birchington
          Launching facilities are not part of the water user group. Launching facilities for speed boats, jet skis and waterskiing are designated for members of the Beresford Water Ski Club only. Please contact Leigh Flockhart at leighflockhart@hotmail.com or 07808 232011.

        Westbrook

        • Westbrook/Barnes Car Park
          Launching permitted for speed boats and water skiing.

        Margate

        • Margate (rear) Harbour
          Launching permitted for sail craft, fishing boats and speed boats.

        Cliftonville

        • Foreness Bay, Cliftonville
          Launching permitted for fishing boats, speed boats and water skiing.

        Ramsgate

        • Ramsgate Harbour
          Launching facilities at Ramsgate Harbour are not part of the water user group. Launching and mooring fees apply. Contact the Harbour Office on 01843 572100 or portoframsgate@thanet.gov.uk
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        Sites designated for water skiing

        Birchington

        • Beresford Gap, Birchington
          Launching facilities are not part of the water user group. Launching facilities for speed boats, jet skis and waterskiing are designated for members of the Beresford Water Ski Club only. Please contact Leigh Flockhart at leighflockhart@hotmail.com or 07808 232011.

        Westbrook

        • Westbrook/Barnes Car Park
          Launching permitted for speed boats and water skiing.

        Cliftonville

        • Foreness Bay, Cliftonville
          Launching permitted for fishing boats, speed boats and water skiing.
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