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Stainforth Marina – New Development

Stainforth Marina

Stainforth Marina

The location of an old coal tip on land between the Stainforth and Keadby Canal and Stainforth settlement, together with the need for the tip to be re-engineered has enabled Waystone to consider the re-development of a total area of eighty acres.

In compliance with BWB policy for the development of off-line marinas, Waystone is planning a mixed-use development with a large new marina at its heart. Following initial community consultations, Waystone is now preparing detailed plans for submission to the local planning authority.

Find out more from the developers

Read an article from BBC News South Yorkshire

Read an article from the Sheffield Star

Massive Marina For Stainforth Narrowboat World 22nd October 2010

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Goole Boathouse

GOOLE BOATHOUSE is located in a basin beside the Aire & Calder Canal which was formerly used for storage of timber. The water is kept at a constant level so that boats remain floating at all times.

Mooring is to modern floating pontoons which can be approached by a security gate, making Goole Boathouse one of the safest places to keep a boat in the Yorkshire area.

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There are 140 moorings of various lengths giving suitable berths for yachts, cruisers, fishing vessels and canal boats. Electricity and water are available at the berths.

Other facilities include dry storage on land and under cover, a dry dock and a slipway, car parking and a well stocked chandlery. Narrowboats of up to 18 tons can be pulled out on our purpose-made trailer.

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Bugbrooke Marina

Bugbrooke Marina is a small friendly marina situated in the Northamptonshire countryside not far from Weedon and on a 15-mile lock-free pound stretching from Whilton Locks to Stoke Bruerne.

Facilities on site include water and electricity points, toilet facilities, portapotti disposal, rubbish disposal and a resident security warden. There is a village shop within easy walking distance and a pub which also serves food almost next door. There are no boatbuilding facilities or hire fleet on site so the peaceful atmosphere of the marina is maintained.

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Pump out facilities, diesel, coal and gas are available at nearby boatyards and at Tarry’s coal yard at Nether Heyford.

Bugbrooke Marina

Bugbrooke Marina

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Bath Marina And Caravan Park

Up to 88 caravan pitches available and 50 boat moorings. All pitches are hard standing and have electrical hookup, heated toilet and shower blocks available 24 hrs. On site laundry facility and childrens play area, site security and easy access to River Avon / Bristol and Kennet and Avon Canal to Reading.

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Bath Marina And Caravan Park

Bath Marina And Caravan Park

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Yelvertoft Marina

The Yelvertoft Marina project encompasses the establishment of an inland Marina, initially catering for 150 boats.

It is situated on land within the boundaries of Flint Hill Farm, Yelvertoft, in the heart of the picturesque Northamptonshire countryside. The marina is a new development alongside the existing Grand Union Canal. This historically and environmentally important canal is fairly unique due to its dimensions and has been officially identified as having potential to be a significant visitor attraction in the area. The Local Authority approved design of the intended marina is very environmentally sympathetic.

 

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Whixall Marina

Is Whixall home to Britain’s most rural canal marina? Journey down the Prees Branch off the Llangollen Canal, surrounded by fields and farms, framed by mighty oaks close by important nature reserves, and hear the dawn chorus and laughing water fowl greet another day. Here you will find Whixall Marina – a tranquil haven for painted boats.

The historic town of Whitchurch is but a few cruising hours away, and the meres at Ellesmere are also close by. Voyage further on into Wales and bestride the Dee Valley on Telford’s majestic World Heritage Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and let the delightful International Music of the Eisteddfod town of Llangollen reward you with its welcome.

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At Whixall Marina the boater is well looked after. You will find modern berths with water and electric hook-up, a shop and chandlery, diesel sales, pump-out, elsan disposal, Wi-Fi, a slipway, drydock, launderette, toilets, showers and secure parking for your car. Most importantly you will find relaxing peace and quiet.

Whixall Marina

Whixall Marina

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White Bear Marina

Linked to over 2000 miles of inland waterways the marina attracts many visitors from all walks of life including Cyclists, Anglers, Walkers, and Boat Owners. Located just a few miles from both the M6 (J27) and M61 (J6).

The Marina boasts a choice of facilities including new and used boat sales, over 100 moorings, a large chandlery shop and the superb marina cafe. Whether it’s fun and excitement, industrial heritage or spectacular scenery you’re looking for the marina will provide a gateway to them all.

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We also have 10 fully services touring caravan pitches. The idea stopping off point if heading north the the Lake District or Scotland. Whether you’re a boat owner or just keen to find out more, you’ll enjoy a warm and friendly welcome, White Bear Marina provides the perfect choice of facilities and convenience.

The Leeds & Liverpool Canal’s unique charm reflects the beautiful countryside, towns and villages along its bank and makes it an attractive route for narrowboats, walkers, cyclists and anglers.

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Whilton Marina

Whilton Marina has mooring facilities for approximately 200 boats, each berth has 240 volt hook-up with all piers having water taps. Our aim is to try and offer mooring on a temporary basis to everyone who buys a boat from us. Longer term moorings are dependant upon availability and are at the discretion of the marina owners – just ask at the time of purchase for more information.

Whilton Marina

Whilton Marina

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Whilton Marina Review

By Jim Shead: First published in Waterways World April 2004

Whilton Marina is located beside Whilton Bottom Lock at the foot of the Buckby flight. It was built in 1971 by David Steele who had a background in construction and civil engineering but no previous connection with the canals. At that time there were no services here and the site was just an empty field between the canal and the railway. Seeing the business potential of a site so well placed on the waterways network, and having the skills to manage the digging out of the large marina, David Steele acquired the land and established the marina.

The water space is still the same size as when the marina first opened although buildings and facilities have been added over the years.The marina is still owned by Steele family and is now in the hands of David Steele’s two sons, Nigel and Richard. I spoke to Richard Scowen, the Sales Manager at Whilton Marina, who explained the history and present day operations of the company. It started off as general moorings and then, very soon after the marina was built, boat sales were started. There was a period in the 1970s when they constructed fibre-glass river cruisers. This only lasted for about 3 or 4 years as it came at a time when canal boaters were turning from plastic to steel.

They have 200 moorings to let for private use plus 50 moorings dedicated to boat sales. Moorers at the marina can join the Whilton Marina Cruising Club. Boat brokerage and sales is the main part of the business employing six people. The marina office is dominated by displays of boats for sale and the water space immediately outside is packed with boats for sale. No wonder that they sell over 200 boats every year ranging from relatively cheap to top of the range new boats. They advertise in the major waterways magazines and have a website which they manage and keep up to date from their office on site.

In addition to the boating side of the business they have storage for 450 caravans at Whilton and also own Cosgrove Park – a 180 acre caravan and leisure park next to Cosgrove Lock.

The facilities at the marina are impressive and include two slipways, two wet docks and access to all the usual engineering facilities as they have an electrical engineer, gas engineer as well as general diesel engineers. There are eight people employed on the engineering work. Over plating, boat stretching and major repairs are done by contractors on site. They now have three boat fitters on site – Evolution Narrowboats, Ebony Narrowboats and Geoff Corbett who was about to retire and in September 2003 and was finishing his last narrowboat. The Sales Office also represents two other manufacturers of new boats – New Boat Company and George Morris Narrowboats.

The whole of this busy marina employs around 20 people in the various businesses. The excellent Whilton Chandlery on the site is run as a separate business by Richard Saillet and is well stocked to serve the boater, the tourist and the passing walker. A stop at the marina can provide all the usual services, such as pumpout, diesel, water and overnight moorings as well as the opportunity to buy a wide range of products and services, from a newspaper to new boat.

Update 23rd March 2013

I received an email today, reproduced in its entirety below, which voiced concerns about the way that Whilton marina operates. Coincidentally, I was given the same information yesterday by a boat builder. I have no proof that the claims are true. I have included the information here so that you can make up your own mind.

“It is all very well promoting Whilton as a broker but if you are seeking to provide good impartial advice to others you should be aware of some things they don’t advertise.
 
They aren’t actually brokering many of the boats, they own them. They do not reveal this fact in their advertising (including their website) which is against the law. I quote, “The Business Advertisement Disclosure Order 1977 requires all advertisements by people who seek to sell goods in the course of business to make the fact clear. This requirement applies whether the advertiser is acting on his own behalf or for some other person in the course of whose business goods are to be sold. Consumers should be able to tell whether an advertisement relates to a sale by a Trader or a Private seller. It is the responsibility of the Advertiser to comply with the order. It is an offence for which you may be prosecuted not to advertise the fact that you are a Trader.”
 
They don’t reveal it to a buyer either. Not until the money has changed hands and the buyer receives a Bill of Sale showing the vendor to be Whilton Marina Ltd does this become apparent. It also means that as a trade seller they are bound to offer a warranty. As far as I know they do not. Some former customers of theirs tell me that they even go through a routine of pretending to contact the owner when negotiating an offer.  
 
I recall that somewhere recently you stated that there is no VAT on the sale of a second hand boat. In fact, when a second hand boat is sold in the course of business this is not true and there will be VAT payable on the margin. Not such an issue for most, unless they want to take the boat to another EU country. As there are a number of narrowboats now bobbing around the waterways of France, Belgium and the Netherlands this should be highlighted. The member state may well insist on evidence of VAT paid status, both when purchased new and subsequently if a Bill of Sale shows the owner to be a business. This would apply to many of the boats sold at Whilton.
 
A professional broker will belong to either the Boat Retailers and Brokers Association division of the British Marine Federation or to the Association of Boat and Yacht Agents. Both have a similar Code of Conduct including the need for a Client Trust Account for customer funds. The broker has to prove that they operate such a protected account. Whilton are not a member of any recognised brokerage body. 
 
I hope you do not mind me raising these issues, because I think what you do is generally very good. To openly ally yourself to a business which does not operate in accordance with legal requirements or subscribe to a recognised body and the attendant code of conduct is possibly not such a good idea. It may harm your reputation and devalue your advice by association. I am by no means the only person who knows of these practises.”
After I published this email in the newsletter on 24th March 2013, I received the following information from Allan Cazaly…

“Richard Saillet’s Lease for the premises at Whilton Marina, was terminated last year by Whilton Marina Management – No reason was ever given

The Chandlery Shop, (I am lead to believe) is now run by the owners of Whilton Marine. Richard Sailliate has moved his business to Rugby and still trades under the name “The Canal Shop” in his new premises.  He has NO CONNECTION whatsoever with the Whilton Marina operation.

 Richard gives an outstanding service; he has built up an excellent reputation, so I would strongly advise and make sure that you check this site out, or visit him, before purchasing goods from the Whilton Chandlery Shop.”

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Westview Marina

Westview Marina is on the River Great Ouse in the village of Earith in Cambridgeshire. The marina is located with good access to major trunk roads and lies 6 miles from the riverside town of St Ives and 10 miles from Cambridge. It is a family owned marina set away from busy roads and enjoying an extensive river frontage.

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Westview Marina is centrally placed on the Great Ouse. Traveling upstream through the locks you can reach St Ives and Huntingdon within a few hours and Bedford in a day or two. You can travel downstream through Hermitage Lock and reach Ely in approx 4 hours or head for the Cam and arrive in Cambridge. There is the option of going down the new Bedford River to King’s Lynn for those wishing to cruise on the coast.

Facilities at Westview include a crane with a capacity of 30 ton, a laying up area, diesel, gas and a chandlery. There is an Environment Agency waste pump out on the visitor’s jetty. There is electric and water on mooring pontoons around the marina

The marina accommodates a small caravan park for touring caravans.

The common seal is a frequent visitor at Westview Marina and the young seals enjoy putting on displays in the summer for anyone who cares to watch.

The seals enjoy the warmer weather when they sunbathe on the pontoons and they frequently follow the boats cruising along.

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