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    Default Harwich Halfpenny Pier

    Any East Coast Forumites used the place? Any comments? (thinking of an overnight stop next weekend)

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    Default Re: Harwich Halfpenny Pier

    It's very handy if you want to catch a tide for other rivers north or south.
    A bit noisy with commercial traffic (mostly ferries) passing close by for Harwich.
    I believe the overnight price now includes access to showers & toilets.
    The harbour master comes round & collects the overnight fee. (it's free during daylight hours)
    You might have to raft up.
    When we stayed 3 years ago the pontoon was fairly new and the fenders got covered in tar. I'd take a fender board or hang a bit of canvas on the pontoon next time. Plenty of pubs to choose from in town. The Pier Hotel serves good food if a bit on the expensive side.
    All in all a handy overnight stop with plenty to watch and do.

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    We stayed there two years ago. Very interesting for a change of venue.
    It can be very lumpy due to wash from ferries, pilot launches etc. but bearable if you can get on the inside.
    We had to wait until just after 4pm because the man came to collect the money then and lots of boats cleared off. I assume that still applies.
    The harbourmaster gave us the code for the showers after we had paid but you have to remember to ask.
    Worth the visit just for a meal at the Pier Hotel.
    Don't expect a silent night though.

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    Default Re: Harwich Halfpenny Pier

    We seem to agree, a bit unusual for the forum.
    The Pier Hotel has a posh & expensive restaurant upstairs but a reasonably price family bistro one downstairs.
    Menu more limited but fish & chips are excellent. I think they may close earlier than main restaurant though.

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    Default Re: Harwich Halfpenny Pier

    Thanks for the info.

    Was thinking about it as a location to catch the tide up to Mistley on Sunday morning - may have to reconsider, as a good nights sleep will be important after a few beers! (Lads weekend as SWMBO is away - [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] )
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    I have only moored during the day but the would not moor overnight as there is too much swell/boat wash etc. I am not over impressed by the pubs in Harwich. I would go into Shotley. It may cost 16/20 ish but the facilities are excellent. The Bristol Arms is about 1/2 mile walk and I like the excercise after a good few beers. The on site bar (is it called The Shipwreck?) is better than OK.
    On a lads weekend I would favour some decent facilities as a few beers often ends up being (almost) a few too many, and the last thing you then want is a sleepless night banging about and having to get up to adjust warps and fenders. Have you been to Mistley before? Last time for me was 6 years ago and finding an overnight mooring was not easy. Where do you intend to moor?

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    Default Re: Harwich Halfpenny Pier

    Thanks Paul,

    I'm rapidly going off the HHP idea! It was just a thought to try something different. It sounds like Shotley or Levington will be a better bet.

    I wasn't intending to overnight at Mistley, just a lunch stop, then back down the Stour & up the Orwell. I need to re-read East Coast Pilot", but I'd got the impression that the town quay is OK for an hour or so either side of high tide.
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    Default Re: Harwich Halfpenny Pier

    only stopped there briefly as there was a lot of wash from passing traffic + the survey vessel has no regard for private vessels when it comes alongside.
    would not recomend it
    I may be wrong but not always

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    Default Re: Harwich Halfpenny Pier

    I live and boat in the area and would tend to agree with above comments. My summary would be that it is a quite a nice place to stop off during the day but maybe more of a basic stop at night.

    Anyway, if you do decide to stay, here's a suggested itinerary:
    1. Quick Drink at The New Bell Inn which I think is a nice pub.

    2.Visit to the Electric Palace Cinema. Pay your membership fee and see new release The Matador with Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan. (Funny)

    3. Dinner at The Pier, Bistro is best value.

    4. After dinner walk round to the house of Christopher Jones to pay homage to the Captain of The Mayflower.

    5. On the way back, gawp through railings of the Trinity House repair yard and be amazed at the size of navigation buoys when they are out of the water.

    Evertyhing above within 5 minutes or so from the pontoon.
    Well Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of Krug Clos du Mesnil '90

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    Default Re: Harwich Halfpenny Pier

    It's not a question of 'overnight' at Mistly, it's a question of going there for one or more tides. Last time I went I berthed at Mistley marine, cost a fiver, no facilities but the mud was soft enough for my 5 ft draft. There's a gastropub/restaurant thingy in Mistley or the best curry house in Essex (some recommendation) in Manningtree. Course, if you can sit on the mud you could go all the way to Manningtree!

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