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Water User Group

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

Join the water user group

You’ll pay a fee of £72 per watercraft, per year. Membership for this year will run from 1 April 2022 until 31 March 2023.

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

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

  • 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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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.

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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 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

  • 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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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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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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