As a user
of the sea, harbours and beaches it is important that you understand
the responsibilities of water craft users.
Power Vessel Regulations for Gwynedd harbours and coast (as of 2009/10) Consult the local harbourmaster for current rules and regulations.
1. Every Powerboat or Personal Watercraft user that uses / crosses Gwynedd Council owned, or managed coastal areas, must register the craft with Gwynedd Council, (craft less than 10hp do not need to register).
1.1 To obtain registration, a fee shall be paid and proof of insurance provided - minimum insurance cover will be Third Party £2 million.
1.2 The appropriate registration permits must be displayed in a visible position on the port and starboard side of the craft above the waterline - other numbers will not be accepted. Craft not displaying the registration permits will not be authorised to launch. Please be aware that Gwynedd Council's annual launching permits are not accepted at Nefyn and Morfa Nefyn beaches.
1.3 Access for Powerboats or Personal Watercraft will not be allowed to any of the Council's harbours or beaches if the owner has not registered with Gwynedd Council or if the registration has been withdrawn.
1.4 Launching fees will be payable at all designated launching areas.
2. Age Requirements:
2.1 Must be at least 18 years of age to operate a Powerboat or Personal Watercraft.
2.2 Be 15 to 17, and possess a R.Y.A. Certificate of Competence for Personal Watercraft, or the RYA Powerboat Level Two Award. The RYA certificate must be available for inspection at all times.
2.3 Be 12 to 14, and possess a R.Y.A. Personal Watercraft Certificate of Competence or the RYA Powerboat Level Two Award and operate under direct adult supervision. The definition of "supervision" is such that the adult, as defined in 2.1 above, is present on board the craft. The RYA certificate must be available for inspection at all times.
2.4 Under 12 yrs - not permitted to operate a Powerboat or a Personal
3.1 A wakeless speed shall be maintained within 50 metres of another
Personal Watercraft, boat, dock,
3.2 Gwynedd Council speed restrictions must be complied with in all designated
areas. Where there is no
3.3 Power craft are not permitted within the Craft Exclusion Zones.
3.4 Power driven vessels are prohibited from entering any beach safety
zone unless using a designated
4. Boating under the influence of alcohol, or drugs is not permitted.
5. It is an offence to disturb wildlife. Vessels navigating coastal waters shall not disturb dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks or other wildlife.
6. Vehicles are brought onto the launching areas at the owner's own risk
and the requirements and directions of
7. Navigation of power driven vessels in a responsible manner and with due regard to good seamanship is a requirement. International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea shall be strictly adhered to at all times.
8 The helmsman of the vessel shall ensure that the approved 'Killcord' is secured to the engine and is secured in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations. No craft should be under way or making way unless the 'Killcord' is properly secured. The information symbol indicating that a 'Killcord' be used correctly at all times shall be permanently displayed on the console, or a prominent part of the craft at all times.
9 Water skiing without an independent observer will not be permitted.
The towing of inflatable equipment is not
Check with the local harbourmaster for current rules and regulations.
Usefull Telephone Numbers
Pwllheli Harbourmaster : 01758 704 081 or 07879 433145