The shower facilities at Mid Rivers Marina have re-opened this morning following a fantastic facelift over the last couple of weeks.  No ribbon cutting or celebrity in sight but Michael
has done a brilliant job.


Haines Marine have recently seen their workshops packed to the rafters, thanks to a surge in sales of new build boats and last week two brand new 32 Offshore models made it out onto the water for the first time.

These were once again unique bespoke built boats and considering they were two of the same model they couldn’t have looked more different.

One incorporated the more traditional blue offshore hull while the other was the first to boast a breath-taking stone grey. Both boats looked stunning out on the water and we can’t wait to see what Haines comes up with next!


One of NYA’s own sales Brokers has signed up for the Red Nose Day Gallopathon. Not sure what a Gallopathon is? Well neither were we until we watched the training video.

She will be galloping around London on the 7th of March to raise funds for Children in the UK and Africa.

She has already raised over a £1,000 and has promised that if she reaches £2,000 she will release another video, titled ‘Fifty Shades of Neigh’.

 On Saturday morning she will be appearing on BBC Radio Norfolk as their Weekend Warrior to talk about the event and hopefully raise some more funds for this amazing cause.

 If you want to sponsor Tiffany you can do so here.

 Good luck Tiff!


NYA are delighted to welcome our new Broker Stephen Miller.  Stephen joins as broker after serving over 11 years in the yachting sector. He has travelled over 35,000 nautical miles skippering, commissioning and managing private yachts in the UK, Europe, the Bahamas and British Virgin Islands to name a few.  He started his career with an apprenticeship in boatbuilding and moved on to IBTC in Lowestoft to study construction, design & surveying.  He has several qualifications including a MCA Master 200 GT.


The UK winters don’t always provide the ideal cruising climate so you would be forgiven for believing that the winter months are a slow time for boat sales. However a quick trip to the Haines factory proves otherwise. The workshops of this bespoke luxury manufacturer are full of boats in varying stages of completion including two Haines 32 Offshores and a 360AC as well as boats for the French charter market.

When you enter the main warehouse you are greeted with a hive of activity with different teams of boat builders and engineers allocated to each craft. It’s truly exciting to see the level of detail that goes into these boats and the varying differences owing to the bespoke nature of Haines.


Fifty years ago in January 1965 the Port of London’s  main vessel Havengore carried the coffin of Sir Winston Churchill on his last journey along the River Thames.

Over the past ten weeks Queen V, together with Evita, and PJ3 have enjoyed being moored alongside this most famous of vessels at St Katharine Docks.

Some of us were fortunate enough to witness first hand the commemoration and re-enactment of this most poignant journey, seen as the most fitting tribute to such a revered statesman.

On the 30th of January 2015 Havengore left St Katherine dock and moored alongside HMS President ready to cast off with various family members and dignitaries on board. Havengore was then escorted by vessels from the Port of London Authority, Trinity House, River Police, and the RNLI along the river Thames towards the Houses of Parliament.

The ceremonial boat crew supplied by the Company of Watermen and Lightermen were accompanied by the pipers from The London Scottish Regiment who played throughout the journey.

The most moving moment was when Havengore passed under Tower Bridge which was raised in honour of Sir Winston Churchill, and echoed the many cranes who had dipped to show their respect as his coffin passed by fifty years ago.

A short service and wreath laying in the waters opposite the Palace of Westminster concluded the day’s events.

Although the day was overcast and very cold it lifted everyone’s spirits to witness such an auspicious occasion and an important reminder of how much we still owe this great man.


The countdown to the start of the 2015 NYA Cruising Club calendar has begun with only 6 weeks left until our season begins.

Our Service Centre is busily preparing boats for the forthcoming trip which will see us venturing to Southwold.

‘Evita’ will be heading back to us soon to take her place as lead boat after spending the winter in St Kats.

We are looking forward to welcoming a variety of new faces this year and we are certain our regulars will make them most welcome.

Southwold has long been one of our favourite destinations, now all we need is some decent weather.