Vessels alongside quay/clubroom 24        
Vessels alongside Sand Quay 18        
Transit visitor moorings 18        
Loading/landing from quay   35      
Canoe, kayak, SUP, on racks – can launch from main slip if Visitor sticker on craft     35 110 35
Running mooring   20 100 200  
Rubber bubble in Lifeboat shed     35 110 35
Quay space up to 16ft *, per foot   14 50 100 8
Quay space 16ft and over *, per foot   16 55 120 8
Winter storage on quay, sand quay or foreshore car park (plus lift charges)         8
Centre Harbour mooring, includes one of:  running, bubble or kayak   32 135 650  


Single launch/recovery Trinity Quay


Sand Quay


Boat/bubble/RIB launch (incl. recovery) ** 7
Kayak/canoe/SUP launch ** 2.50
Kayak/canoe/SUP recovery ** 2.50
Divers air bottles each ** 4

These charges help us to maintain and improve the quays and Solva harbour for all to enjoy.

* BOAT SPACES ON QUAY – rigged sailing dinghies only – to be located on Trinity Quay lower level. No spaces on the upper level.   Subject to availability, short term use only.

** not permitted – for use by members only.

Pembrokeshire Marine Code

Protecting Marine Wildlife

The Pembrokeshire Marine Code protects marine wildlife around the coast of Pembrokeshire, through codes of conduct and agreed seasonal access restrictions that have been drawn up by conservation experts and coastal users. The codes have been agreed to preserve and protect the marine environment that makes the Pembrokeshire coastline so special.


Reduce disturbance to wildlife by…

  • Planning Ahead: Avoid sensitive areas, large concentrations of birds/seals and seasonal breeding areas. Check the agreed access restrictions maps for specific areas before you go out onto the water.
  • Knowing How to View Wildlife; By knowing recommended wildlife viewing distances, behaviour that indicates potential disturbance and suggested boat speeds, will reduce the impact on marine wildlife.
  • Keep Your Distance; Getting too close can cause stress to wildlife, egg or pup abandonment, exhaustion, or injury.
  • Reducing Speed and Sound; Reducing speed and holding a steady course will reduce disturbance, especially in regards to cetaceans; loud noises can disrupt seals and seabirds especially at pupping/moulting and nesting times


View Marine Code Guidance…

View Pembrokeshire Marine Code

View Pembrokeshire Marine Code Maps

If you have ever used the Pembrokeshire Marine Code App, we have got news for you!

We are delighted to tell you that we have been working on something exciting.

Launched in April, the free Wales Coast Explorer | Crwydro Arfordir Cymru App replaces the Pembrokeshire Marine Code App.

We have kept the same great features in the new app, while building in some new ones, and rolling them out across all of Wales!

From our land, through our estuaries, to our seas, take the coastline in your pocket with the app’s handy features:

  • Explore: Discover ancient sites and learn how to enjoy Welsh coasts.
  • Identify: Plants and animals, birds and bugs, invasive species and other wildlife too
  • Record: Become a citizen scientist by sharing your sightings – from wildlife spots to old shipwrecks.

Further details and link to download the App here

Now, through to the end of July we need to be particularly aware of nesting seabirds. Most auk species have just one egg each breeding season, so it’s very important to reduce disturbance.

For more information visit: www.pembrokeshiremarinecode.org.uk

or contact: alec.denny@pembrokeshirecoastalforum.org.uk

Solva Harbour Society Newsletter Summer 2023



We are now halfway through the season; winds have been fair, and we have had an exceptionally sunny and dry period. The sunny weather has resulted in the Harbour being very busy at weekends with large numbers of visitors and lots of paddleboards and kayakers in the Harbour. Solva has featured in ‘best places’ to live and holiday in national newspapers this year increasing our tourist profile. The summer will be very busy, and we have decided to put in place a Harbour Steward Rota to help maintain safety and manage the facilities for the benefit of members and visitors, to keep the Trinity slip clear and to limit launching to members vessels and to ensure that the fishermen can operate safely. We need 45 volunteers each season to work for five hours with the Harbourmaster to operate safely, control parking and launching and to collect fees for launching and recovery on Sand Quay. Please sign up to help for five hours each year. The rota is on the website. 250 hrs of cover are needed each year. If we cannot find volunteers, we would need to ‘hire in’ cover for this duty in 2024. This would cost each member between £15 – £20 on their membership in 2024.
We will be carrying out our annual budget review in October and with ever rising costs we anticipate a rise in fees across the board in 2024.The Committee have contained costs for 2022 and 2023 even with 10% inflation. Maintaining our facilities is very costly, with labour costs and materials, utilities and insurance rising all the time.
The depression in the tarmac Trinity Quay has been explored and ‘made good’ at a cost of £4,000.The Café on the Quay has been greatly improved. Underpinning works on the Quays have yet to be carried out and further maintenance is needed on the roof of the Clubhouse. New mooring buoys and channel markers have been put in place.
Our budget remains in balance at present, and we anticipate a small loss in 2023 covered by our reserves.
Purple Productions, working for the BBC have filmed an episode of ‘Villages by the Sea’ which will be broadcast in the Autumn.
‘Lift Out’ is provisionally planned on 2nd October 2023.
A successful Social Event, attended by 50 people was organised in the Ship Inn, Solva, after the lift in. We are planning a further similar event on Saturday 30th September on the weekend before the lift. Watch the website for further information.
St Davids Lifeboat will be visiting on 3rd August. The Solva Edge Festival will be organising various activities on the Quay for the Edge Festival, further details to follow.
There may be a Raft Race in 2023, we are awaiting notification from the organisers at Solva Community Council
Our GM was held on 29th April commencing at 1000hrs in The Ship Inn, Solva. Unfortunately, this meeting was not quorate, less than the required 25 members were present. This caused a great deal of work and expense and we have had to run a postal vote which closed on 14th June.
Keith Missen and Paul Renfro were elected to the Committee and Jim Schoenenberger was appointed as one of our three FCA Directors. Congratulations to all.
The Committee endorsed and authorised the role of the weekly management meetings to conduct day to day business.
Members are reminded of the need to display current 2023 boat and parking stickers. For kayaks on the rack the sticker must be displayed on the end of the kayak which sticks out of the rack! All member’s vehicles must have a sticker to park on the Quay.
As the harbour gets busier, please remember to keep to the speed limit of 4 knots at all times until Black Rock and to watch out for swimmers and paddleboards at all times.
Finally, we all have a collective duty as Shareholders to support the Society and uphold the Rules and Byelaws. We all need to work together to maintain and support the Society and to look after our members and the tourist visitors.
As Chair, I would like to thank the President. Vice Chair, Treasurer, Clerk and Harbour Master for their ongoing commitment.
Enjoy the season, good sailing and fishing!
Best Wishes,
David Phillips, Chairman and Company Secretary, Solva Harbour Society.
15th June 2023.

Solva Harbour Society News Letters

Solva Harbour Society Shareholder Update January 2022

Dear Shareholder,

2021 was another difficult and challenging year due to Covid 19. We did manage to launch and recover the boats, have some enjoyable times and maintain services to members and the Community, meeting all our obligations as a Community Benefit Society. Sadly, Regattas and the Raft Race did not take place due to Covid 19 regulations, we hope they will run in 2022.

Throughout 2021 the Management Team met on Wednesdays and kept services running. By the end of July 2021 things improved briefly and we were able to hold the first General Meeting of SHS Ltd on the 31st July in the Memorial Hall, electing a full Committee. This Committee will serve until the 2023 General Meeting, when a third of members will come up for re-Election.  The 2022 General Meeting of the Society will take place, restrictions permitting, on Saturday 9th April 2022.

2021 also saw several severe storms causing damage to vessels in the harbour and to the infrastructure of the Quay. The maintenance programme has continued, and works are ongoing repairing the Quay walls and the running moorings. A new kayak rack with 78 rack spaces has been completed and kayaks will be allocated a numbered space, which is noted on your bill.  Kayaks must be moved to the allocated space on the new rack by 1st March 2022, please remember to add your sticker. New running moorings have been laid, tagged and allocated.

The Solva RIB will be kept afloat on a mooring from Lift In until Lift out and then stored ashore, freeing up six new spaces for bubbles in the Trinity Shed and generating income. There are some locker and bubble spaces available, please contact the Clerk for further information.

Membership fees are being raised in 2022 to reflect the increasing costs of operating SHS Ltd and maintaining services. Footage remains unchanged for this year. Costs for Kayaks and Paddle Boards are increasing to cover the cost of the new rack and to reflect a fairer share of charges. Members will only be permitted to have two kayaks / SUPs and only members will be permitted to launch from Trinity Quay. Visitors will not be permitted to launch SUPs from Trinity Quay and must launch and recover from Sand Quay.

The Committee propose that Associate members become Retired Members, paying a Membership fee but no voting rights or shareholding. This resolution will be on the agenda for the General Meeting. Visiting Boats, Annual Visitor moorings charges, launching and recovery charges are being increased to reflect the cost of providing services. The Café on the Quay lease has been reviewed and re-let for the next five years and will include toilet cleaning.

Budget planning continues and is essential for the future, there is a focus on income generation. Monthly full Committee meetings are planned, and the management team will continue to meet on Wednesday mornings.

Nicola Evans, our Clerk, has been an excellent new team member and is an asset to SHS Ltd, she works Wednesday mornings only, when she will be based in the Office at Trinity Quay.

Discussions are ongoing to introduce a ‘duty member’ rota to support the Harbour Master and to assist in Quay control, parking management and visitor advice and the collection of launching fees at busy periods.

In view of the increasing number of holidaymakers, casual visitors will only be permitted to launch from Sand Quay and no visitor or tourist vehicles will be allowed to park on the Quay. All members are requested to help in managing the Quay safely. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times. Drones are not permitted on SHS Ltd property.  The Quay is a working Quay, not a promenade and tourists will be discouraged from obstructing the Quay area with deck chairs and loungers!

Please ensure that your moorings are checked and serviceable and your vessels are hung with fenders when on the moorings and on the running moorings and that sails are furled securely. Please ensure that your fees are paid on time and that all vessels and cars carry a 2022 sticker.  Please note your mooring and Kayak storage allocations are on the last page along with your Annual Fees notifications.

Lift In date for 2022 is Saturday 2nd April, with a proposed Lift Out date of Thursday 29th September.

The President, Chair and Vice Chair would like to thank the Committee and the members who have helped with so many tasks throughout the last two problematic seasons.

We hope all members have an enjoyable and safe season in 2022.

BANK TRANSFER DETAILS                                                                                                                                   

Lloyds Bank. Account Name: Solva Harbour Society Ltd, Sort Code: 30-96-26, Account  No:74926960                                                                         

(Please e-mail confirmation of payment to sboa@btinternet.com)


News  From Solva Harbour Society

Covid 19 remains a real threat .

The Trinity Quay Slipway can only be used by members for launching boats and Visitors must keep the slipway clear for members. All dogs must be on leads and poop bagged and put in a bin.

Paddleboards and kayaks used by Visitors may not be launched or recovered from Trinity Quay, they may be launched from Sand Quay and a fee paid in the honesty box or from the Public Slipway in the Harbour Inn car park, they may not park vehicles on the Sand Quay. This is necessary to prevent congestion and accidents on the slipway.

The Public cannot park on the Trinity or Sand Quays at any time. Only Members displaying their car stickers may park on the Quay.

Limited toilet facilities are available behind Kelvin’s Shed, the Café Toilets are for customers and SHS Members only. Rubbish must be placed in the bins provided.

CCTV is in place and is reviewed regularly. All members have a duty to keep the Quay safe and to report any problems.

Visitors to Solva are requested to respect the resident local population and the Environment and to remember that the Quay is a Private Quay and not public property.

The Committee wish all members and visitors a safe and enjoyable visit to the Quay.

PLEASE NOTE that Trinity Quay and the Sand Quay are private property and parking is restricted to badge holders only. Only Members are allowed to launch from Trinity Quay slip. The HM will allow quick dropping off and picking up. Members must ensure that their car stickers are displayed in a prominent position in their cars. During the summer period members have been requested to assist the HM as stewards, all members are requested to assist in this policy. As we have previously stated we should not rely on the HM or committee to police our property it is the responsibility of all members and that includes reminding people that all dogs must be on leads. We also remind people verbal and abusive behaviour is not acceptable   





  • Water to the Foreshore Boat Park will be available after lift Out.


    No further boats to be stored on foreshore without approval of SHS committee

  • Only Members and visitors with SHS stickers are allowed to launch and recover from the slip on Trinity Quay

  • Toilets on trinity are open .


Quay signs

The policy of the Society is that all dogs must be kept on leads whilst on the Societies property and are not allowed in any part of the clubhouse. Dogs are allowed on the balcony under supervision.


To save any embarrassment we urge you to keep your dogs on leads whilst on SHS Ltd property.

Your cooperation in these matters will be appreciated by all