Whether you already have a boat or are looking to buy, you can get in touch with us about moorings on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. The whole Navigation is suitable for inland boats up to 57 foot long, but bigger sea-faring and sailing boats can only moor in Heybridge Basin. Long term moorings for pleasure boats can be found at Paper Mill Lock, Sandford Mill, Springfield Basin, Hoe Mill Lock and Heybridge Basin. We also have a number of residential moorings at Springfield Basin and Heybridge Basin – all fully occupied and with a waiting list. The lowest headroom on the Navigation (river levels dependent) is Paper Mill road bridge, with a headroom of 1.9 metres (6 foot 3 inches).
Long and short term moorings for inland boats can be found along the navigation. Inland cruising on the Navigation is suitable for boats up to 17.40 metres in length, 4.62 metres wide and 0.62 metres draft.
Heybridge Basin moorings
Heybridge Basin, where the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation meets the Blackwater Estuary at Maldon, is a haven for seagoing and inland boats, with long and short term moorings available.
Toilet, sluice disposal facilities, water and electric hookup are available. Springfield Basin and Heybridge Basin also have shower facilities and pump-outs.
There is a point system for each mooring depending on site and access to electricity and facilities.
Desirability – 8 points (Hoe Mill, Paper Mill), 4 points (Springfield Basin, Heybridge Basin and Sandford Mill), 2 points (Freshwater Crescent), 1 point (Lockside Marina)
Facilities – 3 points (connection to electricity), 2 points (availability of showers on site), 2 points (city centre location), 2 points (free parking within 1km of mooring)
Seclusion – 5 points (locked barrier to access), 3 points (non-public area, but no barrier), 0 points (towpath mooring or Marina with no facilities)
Boating the Navigation
Along the route of the waterway is a church, two tearooms, numerous pubs, 14 locks and lots of wildlife.
Find out more about boating the navigation.
Enquire about a mooring
Get in touch to find out more about our moorings, availability, and to apply for a mooring.
Boats up to 7m (up to 22.9 feet) £20.00 per night Boats 7.1m to10m (23 to 32.8 feet) £24.10 per night Boats 10.1m to13m (32.9 to 42.6 feet) £27.20 per night Boats 13.1m to 15m (42.7 to 49.2 feet) £30.30 per night Boats 15.1m to 20m (49.3 to 65.6 feet) £34.40 per night
Price per night for subsequent nights:
Boats up to 7m (up to 22.9 feet) £5.70 Boats 7.1m to10m (23 to 32.8 feet) £6.70 Boats 10.1m to13m (32.9 to 42.6 feet) £7.70 Boats 13.1m to 15m (42.7 to 49.2 feet) £8.80 Boats 15.1m to 20m (49.3 to 65.6 feet) £10.80
Total price for subsequent weeks up a maximum of three months:
Boats up to 7m (up to 22.9 feet) £39.90 Boats 7.1m to10m (23 to 32.8 feet) £46.90 Boats 10.1m to13m (32.9 to 42.6 feet) £53.90 Boats 13.1m to 15m (42.7 to 49.2 feet) £61.60 Boats 15.1m to 20m (49.3 to 65.6 feet) £75.60
Any vessel wishing to stay for longer than three months is required to sign up for a long term mooring agreement.
All bookings are subject to Berth availability and terms and conditions consistent with those applied to long term moorings.
Minimum charge of £40 for vessel using locks and thus requiring training.
Craft that don’t require moorings or use of locks still need to buy a licence.
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