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Find a Mooring

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 stretch above Hall Bridge is suitable for smaller inland boats, but bigger sea-faring and sailing boats can moor in Heybridge Basin.  Long term moorings can be found at Paper Mill Lock, Sandford Mill, Springfield Basin, Hoe Mill Lock and Heybridge Basin for recreation boats. We also have a number of residential moorings at Springfield Basin. 

Chelmer & Blackwater Mooring Sites

Inland moorings

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. 

Mooring Facilities

Toilet, sluice disposal facilities, water and electric hookup are available.  Springfield Basin and Heybridge Basin also have shower facilities and pump-outs.

Basic, standard & premium moorings

Moorings are classified as basic, standard and premium. Premium moorings include access to electric hookup and water. Standard moorings are closer to facilities, including toilets and sluice disposal. Basic moorings tend to be situated some distance from facilities.

Mooring sites

Standard and Premium mooring sites are situated at Sandford Lock, Paper Mill Lock, Hoe Mill Lock and Heybridge Basin. Premium moorings are also at Springfield Basin.

Basic moorings are at Heybridge Basin. Basic moorings for local residents are at Lockside Marina in Springfield Basin and at Freshwater Crescent in Heybridge.

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.

Mooring Rates

Long term mooring rates

Long term mooring rates apply to moorings of a minimum of three months. Boats are charged per metre in length per month:

  • Basic – £12.98 (at Heybridge Basin and Springfield)
  • Standard – £14.24 (All linear moorings not designated Basic or Premium)
  • Premium – £15.60

(Long term moorings are at Heybridge Basin, Paper Mill, Springfield, Hoe Mill & Sandford)

Short term mooring rates

(includes Heybridge Basin and trail boats)

These charges apply from 1st January 2020.

Price per night for the first seven nights:

Boats up to 7m (up to 22.9 feet) £19.50 per night
Boats 7.1m to10m (23 to 32.8 feet) £23.50 per night
Boats 10.1m to13m (32.9 to 42.6 feet) £26.50 per night
Boats 13.1m to 15m (42.7 to 49.2 feet) £29.50 per night
Boats 15.1m to 20m (49.3 to 65.6 feet) £33.50 per night

Price per night for subsequent nights:

Boats up to 7m (up to 22.9 feet) £5.50
Boats 7.1m to10m (23 to 32.8 feet) £6.50
Boats 10.1m to13m (32.9 to 42.6 feet) £7.50
Boats 13.1m to 15m (42.7 to 49.2 feet) £8.50
Boats 15.1m to 20m (49.3 to 65.6 feet) £10.50

Total price for subsequent weeks up a maximum of three months:

Boats up to 7m (up to 22.9 feet) £38.50
Boats 7.1m to10m (23 to 32.8 feet) £45.50
Boats 10.1m to13m (32.9 to 42.6 feet) £52.50
Boats 13.1m to 15m (42.7 to 49.2 feet) £59.50
Boats 15.1m to 20m (49.3 to 65.6 feet) £73.50

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.

Other types of licence

Craft that don’t require moorings or use of locks still need to buy a licence.