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    Default What is going on at Tollesbury Marina

    We had wanted to visit Tollesbury Marina for some time so on our travels this year had made plans to do so. Having spoken to others that had visited they all advised us not to because they had been sitting in mud. Now, I appreciate there are some that are happy to sit in mud but we are not in a position to be able to do so. After a quick call to the office at Tollesbury I was advised that there should be no problems on the hammerheads or further into the marina as there would be at least 1 to 1.5 Mtrs of water under our hull at low water.

    Having been told this we decide to go and were given a choice of the hammerhead at the entrance with lovely views out across the creek or further in the marina with the promise of "plenty of water under the hull". We took the hammerhead and on our first low tide found a distinct lack of water. On checking the depth with my boat hook there was only 20 cm of water between the bottom of my hull and hard solid sand. Any shallower and my propellers would have been sandwiched between 8 tons of boat and hard sand. I checked the other berth we were offered and this had a total of 0.5 Mtrs of water so if we had taken this we would have been in the mud completely.

    The picture shows the first two sets of finger pontoons as you enter the marina on the port side at low water. Tollesbury .jpg

    Has anyone else had any problems at Tollesbury recently because the last time we visited which was probably about 6 years ago I don't recall it being this bad. Last time we visited we were on finger pontoons on the starboard side as you enter. Even this was in mud now. We love Tollesbury and would love to come again but not until the problems with dredging are resolved and certainly not until we can get an accurate answer as to how much water is actually in the marina as this could have been a costly visit.

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    Default Re: What is going on at Tollesbury Marina

    I was there two weeks ago and asked about this. I was told that the marina has recently acquired its own dredger and work will begin 'before too long'. I dare say if someone else were to pick up the phone and call Finn, the HM, there might be more info by now. I was there during neaps and saw nothing like the view in the pic although I guess that's right over on the east side? I didn't go that way..
    Last edited by Cantata; 05-08-19 at 14:51.
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    Default Re: What is going on at Tollesbury Marina

    Tollesbury Marina was supposedly dredged in 2017. There doesn't seem to have been an application for a dredging licence more recently.

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    Default Re: What is going on at Tollesbury Marina

    Some of the resident berth holders I spoke with said no dredging has been done for a good few years and that seems to be evident at the entrance and well into the marina There was a dredger up on the hard so it will be interesting to see when operations will start. It certainly appears from what we saw there will be a lot of spoil to remove before it gets to anywhere near a descent level inside.

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    Default Re: What is going on at Tollesbury Marina

    Quote Originally Posted by alandalus11 View Post
    Some of the resident berth holders I spoke with said no dredging has been done for a good few years and that seems to be evident at the entrance and well into the marina There was a dredger up on the hard so it will be interesting to see when operations will start. It certainly appears from what we saw there will be a lot of spoil to remove before it gets to anywhere near a descent level inside.
    It's possible that they didn't go ahead with the 2017 dredging then. The previous dredging licence was, I think, in 2009, so that's a very long time for the mud to build up. 2017 was a time of some personal turmoil for the then owners, and that maybe explains why the planned dredging perhaps didn't happen.

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    Default Re: What is going on at Tollesbury Marina

    Quote Originally Posted by pvb View Post
    2017 was a time of some personal turmoil for the then owners,
    It's changed hands, then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleSister View Post
    It's changed hands, then?
    Sort of. As I understand it, one of the original joint owners decided to leave and was bought out by the other joint owner. If you have a look at publicly-available records at Companies House, you'll see some of what happened.

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    Default Re: What is going on at Tollesbury Marina

    We were in Tollesbury very recently and saw nothing like that. It was neaps, but I would have that that the marina drains down to the sill at LW neaps anyway? Perhaps I am wrong about that. We were on B pontoon, on the "approach" side so at the more northerly end of the marina.

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    Default Re: What is going on at Tollesbury Marina

    Quote Originally Posted by Leighb View Post
    We were in Tollesbury very recently and saw nothing like that. It was neaps, but I would have that that the marina drains down to the sill at LW neaps anyway? Perhaps I am wrong about that. We were on B pontoon, on the "approach" side so at the more northerly end of the marina.
    Here is a photo taken at 11-52 on 24-7-19. According to Tides planner, LW was at 11-00 so tidal height was about 1.4m at 11-55. The chart shows the sill as drying 1.9m so this view shows that part of marina when fully dried out.



    There would appear to be a big difference in available depth depending which part of the marina you are in?

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    Default Re: What is going on at Tollesbury Marina

    I know a few people who used to berth in Tollesbury Marina, but who have moved out in the last few years after becoming increasingly frustrated by the rather poor management of the marina. Now that the ownership structure has been modified, hopefully the new manager will do a better job. But the marina needs a lot of money spending on it.

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