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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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Heyford Fields Marina

A new 100 berth non-residential marina situated on the Grand Union Canal between the picturesque Northamptonshire villages of Bugbrooke and Nether Heyford. Even though the site is non residential, boat owners are able to stay on board in the marina and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Heyford Fields Marina is in a peaceful, rural location, set within a Special Landscape Area, and offers 14 miles of lock free cruising between Stoke Bruerne and Buckby Locks in the heart of the canal network. Shops and pubs are within easy walking distance.

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Heford Fields Marina

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Harefield Marina

250 secure, rural moorings for cruisers and narrowboats in secluded countryside setting. 5 minutes from M25 / M40. Only one day’s cruising from the River Thames.

The above sentence is the only information available. If you are the owner or manager of Harefield Marina, please contact me to update your listing.

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Grove Lock Marina

Set in spacious, landscaped grounds adjacent to both the lock and the pub that shares its name, Grove Lock marina offers all the facilities canal boat owners rightfully expect.

We provide individual, fully equipped private shower and toilet rooms to each of four boats moored on Gold Service berths. This coupled with reserved parking, a wider pontoon and more water space makes the additional annual Gold Service charge real value for money. We believe the thought of a powerful shower with constant hot water whenever it is needed will be immensely attractive to many boaters, their families and visiting friends.

We have also installed as a service to all our moorers a free wi-fi connection that will operate throughout the site enabling quick and easy internet access to all.

We believe that with an excellent pub next door and a wide choice of shops and restaurants a short way away, Grove Lock Marina has everything for the discerning leisure boat owner.

 

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Crick Marina

Crick Marina is owned and operated by Tim Langer, who began business on the inland waterways in 1992 when he founded Canal Craft Narrowboat Brokerage. Canal Craft started at North Kilworth, but moved to larger premises at Bugbrooke in 1994, and was sold in 1997.

The frequent difficulty of finding moorings for narrow-boat purchasers prompted Tim to seek a suitable site to develop his own marina, and an ideal site was found at Crick.

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The intitial 110-berth basin opened on time in April 1996 and was very soon fully occupied. Three years later an extension of 76 berths was built at the southern end of the basin, which enabled the Crick Boat Show to be held for the first time in 2000.

A further 87-berth extension opened in December 2007, bringing total capacity to over 270 boats.

Day-to-day operation of the marina is in the capable hands of Harbour Masters Gary & Sue Hall.

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Crick Marina Review

Written by Jim Shead: First published in Waterways World February 2006.

Crick is a quiet private marina that is normally closed to everyone except moorers and those with business at the marina so it is paradoxical that it is best known as the host for thousands of people during the Crick Boat Show in May each year. Situated on the beautiful twenty mile summit of the Grand Union Canal Leicester Section it provides boaters based there with excellent local cruising and access to a number of routes within a day’s cruising time.

The marina is run by Tim Langer, whose first involvement with the waterways was with Canal Craft narrowboat brokerage, which he founded in 1991. Initially this was at North Kilworth, also on the Leicester Section, then the business temporarily moved to Crick Wharf and finally to Budbrooke Marina on the Grand Union Main Line. In 1997 he sold Canal Craft to its present owner, David Dawson. In 1995 he started work on Crick Marina and it was opened on 1st April 1996, with 120 berths in what is now the north end of the marina. Unfortunately the spoil from digging out this first phase of the marina was deposited on the south end of the site so that three years later when an extension was built there all the soil had to be moved again. When they had some cruisers and shorter craft the marina held up to 195 boats but now with mostly longer boats, including some 70-footers, it holds about 185 boats.

The Crick Boat Show has been a big factor in putting the marina on the map with a wider audience, although the moorings have been over subscribed from virtually day one. The marina on its own does not have the ground area to accommodate the whole show so it is fortunate that the landowner of the site also owns a lot of surrounding land, including the adjoining large flat fields, which provide the site for show exhibitors, car parks and camp sites. This combination of the marina and adjoining land makes the staging of the show possible.

The show moved from Braunston to Crick at short notice in 2000 when it was held there as a one year only event. After that it was extended for the years 2001 – 2005 under a 5 year arrangement. The contract for Crick Marina to provide facilities to British Waterways for the next five years (2006 – 2011) to run the boat show is currently under discussion. British Waterways have plans to expand the content and raise the profile of the show. BW run the whole of the Crick Boat Show except for the clearing of 44 berths for the exhibitors, which is done by Gary and Sue Hall the marina harbourmasters. Boats are moved to temporarily spare jetties and to the spaces between the long jetties that are normally used for access.

At the time the idea for the marina started Tim was running his brokerage business at Crick Wharf and was put in touch with the farmer who owns the site. No significant problems were encountered when he approached the local planning authority about the first phase of the project although there were some problems concerning the spoil disposal regulations for stage two. Now he is looking at the possibility of a further extension to the moorings next year, partly as an extension to the mooring business and partly to provide more space for exhibits at the Crick Boat Show.

The marina has the basic waterside services. The moorings have automatic lighting, mains power and water. There is a building with laundry, toilet, lending library and notice board to serve the boaters based in the marina but no chandlery or shop is provided as it is designed to be a private marina. There is no heavy work done on the site although there is a covered dry dock which is operated by a third party and is available for surveying, hull blacking and minor works. Tim has continued his interest in the boat brokerage business in the marina, with a separate website www.canalboatsales.com, which is run by John and Jane Pugh

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Crick is a quiet private marina that is normally closed to everyone except moorers and those with business at the marina so it is paradoxical that it is best known as the host for thousands of people during the Crick Boat Show in May each year. Situated on the beautiful twenty mile summit of the Grand Union Canal Leicester Section it provides boaters based there with excellent local cruising and access to a number of routes within a day’s cruising time.

The marina is run by Tim Langer, whose first involvement with the waterways was with Canal Craft narrowboat brokerage, which he founded in 1991. Initially this was at North Kilworth, also on the Leicester Section, then the business temporarily moved to Crick Wharf and finally to Budbrooke Marina on the Grand Union Main Line. In 1997 he sold Canal Craft to its present owner, David Dawson. In 1995 he started work on Crick Marina and it was opened on 1st April 1996, with 120 berths in what is now the north end of the marina. Unfortunately the spoil from digging out this first phase of the marina was deposited on the south end of the site so that three years later when an extension was built there all the soil had to be moved again. When they had some cruisers and shorter craft the marina held up to 195 boats but now with mostly longer boats, including some 70-footers, it holds about 185 boats.

A view of the marina

The Crick Boat Show has been a big factor in putting the marina on the map with a wider audience, although the moorings have been over subscribed from virtually day one. The marina on its own does not have the ground area to accommodate the whole show so it is fortunate that the landowner of the site also owns a lot of surrounding land, including the adjoining large flat fields, which provide the site for show exhibitors, car parks and camp sites. This combination of the marina and adjoining land makes the staging of the show possible.

The show moved from Braunston to Crick at short notice in 2000 when it was held there as a one year only event. After that it was extended for the years 2001 – 2005 under a 5 year arrangement. The contract for Crick Marina to provide facilities to British Waterways for the next five years (2006 – 2011) to run the boat show is currently under discussion. British Waterways have plans to expand the content and raise the profile of the show. BW run the whole of the Crick Boat Show except for the clearing of 44 berths for the exhibitors, which is done by Gary and Sue Hall the marina harbourmasters. Boats are moved to temporarily spare jetties and to the spaces between the long jetties that are normally used for access.

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Crick Marina,
West Haddon Road
Crick
Northamptonshire
NN6 7SQ
Telephone 01788 824034
Email info@crickmarina.com
www.crickmarina.com

At the time the idea for the marina started Tim was running his brokerage business at Crick Wharf and was put in touch with the farmer who owns the site. No significant problems were encountered when he approached the local planning authority about the first phase of the project although there were some problems concerning the spoil disposal regulations for stage two. Now he is looking at the possibility of a further extension to the moorings next year, partly as an extension to the mooring business and partly to provide more space for exhibits at the Crick Boat Show.

The marina has the basic waterside services. The moorings have automatic lighting, mains power and water. There is a building with laundry, toilet, lending library and notice board to serve the boaters based in the marina but no chandlery or shop is provided as it is designed to be a private marina. There is no heavy work done on the site although there is a covered dry dock which is operated by a third party and is available for surveying, hull blacking and minor works. Tim has continued his interest in the boat brokerage business in the marina, with a separate website www.canalboatsales.com, which is run by John and Jane Pugh

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Cowroast Marina

Nestled in the Chilterns, adjacent to the Ashridge estate, on the Tring summit of the Grand Union Canal, you will find Cowroast marina, a family run business, offering secure moorings for around 100 boats, with the benefit of parking your car next to your mooring.

Located at the southern end of the Tring summit adjacent to Cowroast lock, Cowroast Marina is ideally placed for mooring in the South East. Just a few days cruising from London and the Thames to the south and the South Midlands to the north.

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Of Course we offer all of the usual services you would expect, engineering, slipway, narrowboat brokerage, a well stocked chandlery, and, gas, diesel, pump-out and elsan disposal. We also have Wi-Fi internet connection available via BT Openzone.

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Braunston Marina

Braunston Marina is ideally located for the canal enthusiast. It lies at the crossroads of the Grand Union and Oxford canals, and indeed of the whole waterways. The opportunities for exploration are near limitless.

The Marina itself is easily located by road lying beside the A45 between Daventry and Rugby. It is only 20 minutes from junction 16 on the M1, under an hour from Birmingham, and two hours from London.

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Braunston Marina is steeped in history. It was originally developed at the turn of the 19th century as the waterways depot at the northern end of what was then called the Grand Junction Canal where it joined up with the Oxford Canal. Several original buildings from the Georgian and early Victorian periods are still in their intended use. The Marina’s entrance is dominated by the very fine Horsley Iron Works cast iron bridge dating from 1834, erected by Thomas Telford.

Today Braunston Marina is a major centre for leisure craft and narrowboats , with modern mooring facilities for 250 boats. a large, busy brokerage selling all types of new and used steel narrowboats. We have dry and wet docks, craneage pad and a service area capable of most repairs.

A number of other boat businesses operate within the marina. We even have a small touring caravan site.

Our event highlight is our annual Historic Boat Rally, held at the end of June, with upwards of 80 old working boats joining the grand parade, many of which are on the national Historic Boat Register. Other attractions include side shows, live music, Morris dancing, trade exhibitors and craft displays, beer tent and even tunnel legging. A great week-end or day out for the whole family.

We at Braunston Marina are committed to providing the finest boating facilities and services available on the waterways to ensure Braunston is THE place for people to enjoy their boating activities.

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Blisworth Marina

We are snugly nestled at Gayton Junction on the Grand Union Canal, offering a wealth of cruising options in every direction, making this a popular choice for moorers. We are situated between Northampton and the charming market town of Towcester, adjacent to the A43 and easily accessible from the M1.

We offer water and electric facilities to each berth, modern showers, toilets and laundry. Our helpful residential staff are available seven days a week to help you re-fuel, pump out, give advice on good cruising and assist with any problems. We have plenty of free parking.

Local amenities are close to hand in abundance, from large retail parks to the local village shop, a short walk away.

We have a vibrant and friendly community at our Marina, with regular events taking place.

Our unique Narrowboat Nanny service takes all the hassle and worry out of regular maintenance and preparation, enabling you to spend more time out on the canal enjoying your family, friends and your boat. Visit our Narrowboat Nanny pages to see how we will care for your boat while you are away and have it ready for you when you arrive.

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Ventnor Farm Marina

Situated in the heart of the peaceful Warwickshire countryside, Ventnor Farm Marina easily lives up to its reputation as one of the country’s leading marinas. {{{0}}}

Offering permanent moorings with excellent service and maintaining a high level of security at all times. Landscaped promontories divide the marina into little bays, each containing around a dozen berths. This promotes privacy and allows a neighbourly relationship with the owners of the adjacent boats.

Situated in the heart of the peaceful Warwickshire countryside, Ventnor Farm Marina easily lives up to its reputation as one of the country’s leading marinas.Offering permanent moorings with excellent service and maintaining a high level of security at all times.Landscaped promontories divide the marina into little bays, each containing around a dozen berths. This promotes privacy and allows a neighbourly relationship with the owners of the adjacent boats.

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Wigrams Turn Marina

Wigrams Turn Marina, at the junction of the Grand Union and Oxford Canals, was built and completed three years ago and can accomodate 220 narrowboats.Wigrams Turn is probably the best mooring site in the country. At a canal junction choices abound going North, South, East or West. The marina is within 20 minutes drive of the M40, M42, M1 and M6.

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