Shotley marina lies behind a well protected wall is just inside the Harwich Harbour entrance were the River Stour joins the River Orwell. With almost immediate access to the open sea, its one of the most popular marinas for visiting yachtsmen. The marina is pretty much self sufficient with 350 fully serviced pontoon berths, a large pub/restaurant, fuel, a well stocked chandlery and an excellent range of support services and facilities for general repairs, maintenance and servicing.
The marina can accommodate vessels ranging from 7m to 14m LOA, plus there’s a substantial lateral berth for larger vessels and visitors. Although this is the nearest marina to the famous maritime town of Harwich, there is a free short stay pontoon berth at the Harwich Half Penny Pier. You'll also find there's a very useful foot ferry service that plies a triangular route linking Shotley, Felixstowe and Harwich.
Apart from the shopping, Harwich is famed for its narrow streets and historic buildings, notably the Redoubt Fort, a 17th century Tread-wheel Crane, and the oldest purpose built cinema in the country - the Electric Palace Cinema.
All vessels inbound to Harwich must monitor VHF Ch71.
The first significant landmarks locating the marina is the tall white mast of the old HMS Ganges and 40m high white topped water tower. Closer in, and you’ll see the distinctive and award winning glass control building. Two channel marker posts mark the entrance to the narrow 2m dredged channel and at the marker posts a state of the art "Inogon" system will guide you to the lock gates on a bearing 339.5°.
The lock control tower constantly monitors channel 80 & 37(m).