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Pike And Eel Hotel And Marina

The Pike and Eel Marina offers private moorings for upto 180 boats. We offer the following range of facilities and services:

* A range of moorings with/without electric hookup
* Diesel & water available
* Boatyard with overwintering/boat storage (not undercover)
* Slipway and boat removal facilities

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Pike And Eel Hotel And Marina

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Penton Hook Marina

Set in 80 acres and with 575 berths, Penton Hook is Britain’s largest inland marina. It is situated on one of the loveliest reaches of the River Thames, close to the Chertsey and about a mile downstream from Runnymede where King John signed the Magna Carta.
There are numerous other places to visit on the Thames – cruise upstream to Windsor and the charming village of Datchet and follow the river as far as Oxford, taking in the many waterside restaurants on the way. Thorpe Park is also within walking distance, offering hours of fun and amusement for the whole family.

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Our Bray and Windsor marinas are within a few hours cruising; and offer reciprocal berthing facilities for Club Outlook members. Or, in around six hours, you can cruise into the tidal Thames, right into Central London.

The site provides first-class amenities in sheltered waters and boasts four facility buildings, which include showers, toilets and full disabled facilities. Penton Hook Marina also offers purpose-built pontoons for narrowboats and Dutch barges, including a number of moorings for vessels up to 30 metres. There is also a private yacht club which organises a full programme of activities.

Penton Hook Marina

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Packet Boat Marina

Packet Boat Marina is a modern marina in a semi rural location. Situated in a green belt with its own parkland it provides secure moorings in an ideal location.

On one of the longest lengths of lock free canal (23 miles) in the country, Little Venice/Camden and the Thames at Brentford are only six hours cruise away. This tranquil marina situated between Uxbridge and West Drayton is only 4 miles from Heathrow and the M4/25 and 20 minutes from central London by train.

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Packet Boat Marina

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Overwater Marina

OverWater Marina is on the Shropshire Union Canal. It is surrounded by Cheshire farmland, overlooking the River Weaver valley and is a 15 minute walk from the vibrant canal village Audlem.

Update 6th February 2013: “Regarding the info for Overwater Marina, the quoted time to walk from the Marina into the village of Audlem is definitely wrong.We currently moor at Overwater and I regularly do the walk. It takes me 30 minutes to get to the Shroppie Fly!” NB Song of the Waterways

Audlem is a vibrant and well kept canalside village with a range of shops, tea and coffee rooms and pubs including the famous Shroppie Fly. The Audlem Mill Canal Shop runs a range of canal craft activities. A series of local walks are available from the Audlem website.

 

Overwater Marina

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Oundle Marina

The marina offers a secure site for 200 non-residential moorings. We can accomodate vessels upto 63ft inllength and a maximium width of 10ft 6ins.

The marina has shared finger type and bankside moorings, see below for annual charges. Please contact us for current availability.

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We also offer short term moorings, which are dependant on availability.

Oundle Marina

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Oundle Marina Review

Written by Jim Shead: First published in Waterways World June 2005

You may think that today the River Nene is under used and has few facilities but in the early 1960s the situation was even worse and permanent moorings were difficult to find. In 1964 businessman J T Newington decided to buy some land containing a gravel pit that had been dug out to provide materials for local RAF runways. The water filled pit was only separated from the river by 10 or 12 feet of land which was excavated to form a connection and in 1965 Oundle Marina was opened. Although the gravel pit provided a large area of water Jack Newington had built the marina as a mooring for his own boat and for those of some friends. However he was soon being asked for moorings by other boaters and realised the business potential of the marina. By the end of 1968 the number of boats had increased to about 35.

Today they have about 190 moorings and the rest of the site that was just a field is now occupied by Fairline Boats. Fairline Boats and Oundle Marina are run as separate companies but both are owned by Fairline. Mark Nye, the Marina Manager, reports to Fairline’s Managing Director. Mark started off by working for a caravan manufacturer but did not feel happy with the standards of their products so he joined Oundle Marina in 1969, when the business was expanding, and worked on the hire fleet together with his father who had joined the company about three months before. Mark’s mother also worked for the company for many years, retiring a few years ago.

The fleet of seven hire boats started in 1965 and consisted of new Freeman, Elysian and Seamaster boats, which were booked through Hoseasons. Mark was pleased to be able to switch from caravans to boats and after working on the hire fleet for two or three years he went into the Fairline factory and learnt how to build boats. He left the company briefly and did another job for 12 months before returning in 1980, the year his father died, to take over disposal of the hire fleet. It was found that their boats, in the hands of novices on the river Nene, were getting damaged too often to make it a viable concern. They were not getting insurance cover for most of the damage suffered, for example windscreens broken on low bridges. The Nene lock structures were also taking their toll and the work involved in the hire fleet was an impediment to developing other parts of the marina business such as workshop repairs and moorings.

The marina now offers a wide range of services including electrical work, marine engineering, a complete GRP repair service, and weld steel narrowboats but do not tackle replating or major steelwork jobs. There is a covered workshop for repainting GRP craft and narrowboats of 50 foot or less although they haven’t the space to do fitting out. There is a mobile crane and a 25 ton capacity lifting gantry, which is used for the Fairline boats. For smaller craft there is a slipway that can be used for launching trailable boats and which was very busy last summer. Oundle Marina are the only people on the river Nene to have a petrol pump on the waterside, in addition to the usual diesel pump. The chandlery shop is run by Jacqui Craig who has been at the marina for the past four years. It is doing very good business and attracts customers from around a wide area in which there are not many good chandlery shops.

There is still a lot of water space available so the moorings can be expanded by adding pontoons. The marina caters for all types of craft but does not have residential moorings. They have plans to put in moorings for 20 or 30 more boats as well as a new shower block and pumpout facilities. There are water points throughout the marina and the new moorings and some of the existing moorings will have electricity on the pontoons. Because they share the site with a boat manufacturer they have some problems in upgrading their electrical supply as this would involve digging up the busy roadways on site. In December each year Mark Nye organises the London Boat Show exhibits for Fairline, taking the boats there and putting the stand together then dismantling it all at the end of the show. This is a job he has done for many years and one that carries through to the end of January and occupies a period that might otherwise be fairly quiet. Just another aspect of his busy life as Marina Manager.

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Orchard Marina

Privately situated Orchard Marina is set on a beautiful 5 acre site in the heart of the peaceful and tranquil Cheshire country side. Running on the banks of the Trent and Mersey Canal just outside bridge 183, which is ideally situated for cruising the Cheshire ring and accessing the Anderton boat lift.

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Originally built by the previous family in 1989 and originating from an old working farm it was purchased by its current owner in 2006. The marina boasts the original farmhouse, 72 moorings, 2 unique hydraulic dry docks, full engineering and joinery workshop facilities. All of which are under cover and allows for any type of boatbuilding activities to be undertaken from minor repair work to full fit outs. We offer a variety of pre owned boats and a range of new boats for sale from sailaway’s to fully fitted.

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Otherton Boat Haven

Otherton Boat Haven, sitting in beautiful Staffordshire countryside, is situated on one of the most popular cruising routes in the country. The marina nestles between bridges 82 and 83 on the Staffs & Worcester Canal, on the outskirts of Penkridge and is close to village shops and pubs.

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The boat haven can be easily accessed by road and train. There is a train station just over a mile away. The M6 Toll, M54, A5 and A449 are all within easy travelling distance. Cannock Chase, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Shugbrough Estate and Weston Park are a small number of the many local tourist attractions.

Otherton Boat Haven has been established since 1996 and is a family run business with 18 years experience in the narrowboat industry.

We offer a vast range of services and there is always someone on the end of a phone to help with your requirements. Our marina offers peace, assurity and all year round security. The deep water in the marina means you never have to worry about your boat grounding. With plenty of space, all boats are easily manoeuvred around the marina and are easily accessed. Ample parking space is also provided.

Otherton Boat Haven

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Nottingham Castle Marina

Nottingham Marina offers excellent moorings for Class 1 (high usage) and Class 2 (leisure) boaters who require superb facilities in the city centre of Nottingham. The marina has 200 moorings on fixed pontoons.

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* Launderette
* Male and Female Showers
* Toilet Block
* Cassette and Holding Tank Disposal Points
* Storage Sheds
* Chandlery
* Diesel, Gas & Coal sales
* Wi-Fi
* Independent Boat Sales & Brokerage

Nottingham Castle Marina

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Moons Bridge Marina

Moons Bridge Marina offers secure country moorings for over 100 boats within just a few minutes drive of the M6.

Enjoy 42 miles of lock free cruising through pleasant pasturelands, overlooked only by the foothills of the Pennines! The Jackson family have been at Moons Bridge for over 20 years, developing the marina and its facilities from a farmer’s field. The friendly family business, which includes daughter Bev and son in law Phil, a qualified mechanic, offers a full range of professional boatyard services.

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Moons Bridge Marina

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