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Ch 80

Call Sign


HW ±3

Berthing Rates

short stay:
not offered

£2 per mtr

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YHA Rating

not rated



240V, 16/30A

Colne YC

£3 wash £2 dry

Colne YC

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About the Marina

The Brightlingsea Waterside Marina is a recent waterside property development situated in Brightlingsea Creek close to the mouth of the Colne Estuary where it meets the Blackwater and Thames Estuaries. The marina offers an alternative to the recently installed mid river visitors pontoons along the South Channel. Despite being primarily a private residential marina it does offer its berths to visitors at very good rates which are inclusive of VAT, local harbour dues and shore power! Out of the 50 berths in the marina, 8 are set aside for visitors, plus more if residential berth-holders are away at the time. Showers are available for all visitors of Waterside Marina at the Colne Yacht Club at any time of the day or night. Diesel is available direct to vessels from the Brightlingsea Harbours Fuel Barge located adjacent to the Pioneer Sailing Trust at Harkers Yard. Contact Brightlingsea Harbour Office to make arrangements to purchase fuel and to check current prices. Laundry facilities are available in the Wreck House - a listed building which is part of the Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners Office. At a cost of £3 for a wash and £2 for a dry, keys to the facility can be obtained from Brightlingsea Harbour Office during normal opening hours. Triscini’s Wine & Coffee Bar is located on the Waterside Marina development, being the place to relax and unwind whilst taking in the beautiful views of the Marina.

The Blue flag beaches, colourful beach huts, annual carnival, flower festival and the national and international yachting competitions all add to the vibrancy of this picturesque town which is very proud of its traditional and historic links with the sea and is the only Essex town to be awarded Cinque Port status.

Much of the town is a designated conservation area with many fine buildings of architectural importance which add to the town’s character. Many of the surrounding wetlands and tidal creeks are protected as natural wildlife habitats with SSSI status. Brightlingsea provides all the day-to-day shops, restaurants and facilities you would expect together with a fantastic stretch of water to sail on. Visitor berths are usually available and so please do call or email if you would like to stay with us.

ATM’s are located at all banks (Lloyds TSB, Natwest, Barclays and Nationwide) and also at Tesco Extra in the Town Centre and Fiveways Supermarket. The closest ATM to the Marina is located at A&J Newsagents and convenience store on the Waterside Marina development. A&J's sells groceries, sandwiches, confectionery, drinks, newspapers, greeting cards as well as incorporating an off-licence, the shop is open from 6.30am – 5.30pm Monday – Saturday & 7.30am – 4.30pm on Sunday. There are also several supermarket and convenience stores in the town including Co-op, Spar and Tesco Express. Slightly further out of the town centre is another larger Co-op supermarket adjacent to a petrol filling station. There is also a butcher, baker, a chemist and newsagents in the Town Centre which is a short walk from the Marina. Usual opening times in the town are 9am – 5.30pm with some shops closing at 1pm on Thursday afternoons.

Marina Approaches

The channel into the marina requires rounding the Waterside PHB and leaving it to port. A withy with a red can on top marks the short channel towards the marina entrance. There is a sill at the entrance to the Waterside Marina that is 1m above chart datum. A tide gauge at the entrance shows the level of water over the sill.

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