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The Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation is a fantastic place to escape and recharge and there are lots of activities that you can get involved with along the waterway. But a number of the activities do require a licence, such as boating, canoeing and paddleboarding.
Funds raised through the mooring fees, licences and other charges help us to maintain the Navigation for everyone to enjoy, and to make improvements to things like locks, moorings, pontoons and towpaths.
Boats that require a mooring are charged a mooring fee which is inclusive of the licence fee to boat the Navigation. There are separate licences for boats that don’t require moorings or the use of locks, including for canoes and paddleboards.
Long term mooring rates apply to moorings of a minimum of three months. Boats are charged per metre in length per month, depending on the level of facilities available – a points based system:
(Long term moorings are at Heybridge Basin, Paper Mill, Springfield, Hoe Mill & Sandford). Rates updated at 1st January 2023.
Find out more about the moorings available and visitor moorings in Heybridge Basin.
Craft that don’t require moorings or use of locks still need to buy a licence.
Prices quoted are for a maximum length 12 foot for powered craft. Annual licences for non-powered craft used for a business purpose (e.g. canoe and paddleboard schools) cost £49.50.
Non-Powered Craft includes all canoes, dinghies, inflatables and paddleboards, other than tenders to vessels that are already paying for a mooring (maximum one tender per vessel, with name on tender, and moored alongside or kept on board that vessel) .
Fees are collected by the lockkeeper at Heybridge Basin on arrival.
Stays of longer than one month will be charged long term mooring rates up to a maximum of three months. A long term mooring agreement is required for stays over three months. Minimum charge of £40 for vessel using locks and thus requiring training.
All bookings are subject to berth availability and terms and conditions.
Crane Charges for Lifting and Storing Boats at Heybridge
Lift out £20.00 per metre – Launch £20.00 per metre
Maximum crane fee, per lift out or launch, for any boat length: £275 per lift
Vessels on hard standing for more than six months will be charged £10 per week after the first six months for the remaining duration of the time on hard standing.
Lift and hold in slings for survey or scrub off (own labour), includes use of pressure washer:
Up to 10 metres: £100
Between 10.1 and 15 metres: £140
Over 15 metres: £180
Availability of this service is for a maximum of 24 hours and is subject to weather conditions and no other demands on the crane.
For all crane lifts, the above rates plus the visitor mooring rates will apply for any vessels not currently berthed on the Navigation,.
Pressure washing a vessel (by Essex Waterways Ltd staff)
Minimum charge (in addition to crane charges) is £70, which allows for up to 2 hours, which should clean a moderately fouled boat of 10 metres. Over 2 hours will be charged at £35 per hour. For vessels not currently berthed on the Navigation, the above rates plus the visitor mooring rates will apply.
Un-step and Re-step Mast
Vessels up to 10 metres
Un-step and/or re-step mast £47 each way (assuming mast is ready, i.e. electrics disconnected and bottle screws freed up). Hourly rate of £35 per hour applies to staff preparing mast and/or waiting time incurred.
Vessels between 10 metres and 12 metres
Un-step and/or re-step mast £58 each way (assuming mast is ready, i.e. electrics disconnected and bottle screws freed up). Hourly rate of £35 per hour applies to staff preparing mast and/or waiting time incurred.
Vessels between 12 metres and 15 metres
Un-step and/or re-step mast £70 each way (assuming mast is ready, i.e. electrics disconnected and bottle screws freed up). Hourly rate of £35 per hour applies to staff preparing mast and/or waiting time incurred.
For vessels not currently berthed on the Navigation, the above rates plus the visitor mooring rates will apply.
By agreement with the proprietor of the Old Stables Tea Room. Use of the slipway should be booked through the Paper Mill Lock office, telephone 01245 226245.
The hire cost is a minimum of £70 per week (plus £10 per day thereafter) with a pull out and re-launch charge of £45 each way.
Canoeing & Paddleboarding
Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation
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