The British boating community is something we should all be proud of.Here at Aquacote we celebrate the idiosyncratic nature of our harbours and marinas.
In this issue of ‘Know Your Neighbours’, we focus on two very different marinas that have both achieved an incredible 5 Gold Anchor rating.
Waveney River Centre
This 150-berth marina is particularly interesting due to its location on the Norfolk Broads. Its 3 separate marinas basins are all part of the largely River Centre establishment, which includes hospitality for park holidaymakers. Arguably, being part of a complex could take away from the authentic community boating spirit, though the facilities provided by the Centre benefit mariners with resources that would be otherwise difficult to come by considering its location.
As well as boasting a 2,500 ft2 boat-building and service centre, the marina complex was awarded the PBO Green Award in 2010, and the park won the David Bellamy Conservation Award in 2012/13. If that wasn’t enough, you can even watch the marina live via Waveney’s ‘Eddiecam’, at http://www.waveneyrivercentre.co.uk/eddiecam. They really have though of it all!
Lowestoft Haven Marina
Lowestoft has a more conventional setup in the form ofits coastal marina, as well as an extension about 2 miles inland. The Haven Marina holds upwards of 150 berths, and as members of Trans Europe Marinas, berth-holders enjoy reciprocal visitor discounts when visiting another member marina.
The harbour site offers all expected facilities including a chandlery, and waste facilities following the Maritime & Coastguard Agency approved Port Waste Management Plan. Recycling services cater for the responsible disposal of waste oil, as well as a service for used batteries and for domestic dry mixed recycling items.
With access to beautiful East Anglian beaches, an on-site restaurant, workshop, and boat sales offices, it isn’t difficult to see why Lowestoft was reaccredited its 5 Gold Anchor rating in 2010.
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