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Ch M, 37, 80

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HW ±2

Berthing Rates

short stay:
£3 (max 4 hrs)

up to 12m: £21

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YHA Rating



240V, 16/30A

20 ton



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well stocked

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About the Marina

The area around Tollesbury provides one of the richest and unspoiled natural habitats in the country. The Fellowship Afloat bought the surrounding land in 1980 to preserve the saltings and formed Tollesbury Saltings Ltd to manage the boatyard and moorings, and the old lightship 'Trinity'- a distinctive landmark - is the centre of the organisation's activities here. The winding inlets -once haunts of smugglers - are home to a variety of craft, each in its own mud berth, with individual pools connected by a maze of board walks. One of Tollesbury's striking features is its architecture of mostly old wooden sail lofts built in the early 1900s are now restored for modern usage. The marina has over 250 pontoon berths and can accommodate up to 30 visiting yachts including multihulls. The village of Tollesbury is a 15 min walk away where you'll find a selection of shops, a general store, a butcher, a bakery and a newsagents. Alternatively there's the friendly and informal Tollesbury Cruising Club which has a licensed bar and an a la carte restaurant. Tokens for the laundry facilities are available from the club house bar. The fuel berth is open 9am to 4pm Mon-Fri, 10am to 4pm Sat, and 10am to 1pm Sun.

Marina Approaches

Access to the marina channel is via The Leavings - a well marked and lit channel of the River Blackwater. The marina channel, or more correctly ‘Woodrolfe Creek’, dries and is marked initially by two pairs of port and starboard hand buoys. There’s also on or two orange waiting buoys marked ‘Marina’ at the mouth of the Creek and there’s a tide gauge showing the depth of water over the marina sill. When there’s sufficient water, pass down the centre of the creek, clearing the two wrecks on either side of the channel. The depth gauge at the sill and the marina entrance should now become obvious.

Boats with a 5ft draft should enter the marina around ±2hrs HW on springs and ±1hrs HW at neaps. Max draft in the marina is 7ft.

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