NEWS



FINE WEATHER BRINGS NEW DEMAND

Broom 42

The boating community is springing into action, with 18 boats leaving our yards for new owners in March.  Last month we offered a particularly fine Fairline Phantom. It’s already on its way to a new owner on the Thames.  Coming back the other way is a Broom 42, the ideal cruiser for European waters. Also newly on the market this month is a stunning Haines 400 – just two years old and in perfect condition.  Remember we offer part exchange on all boats. 

 

NEW CHANNEL FOR COWES HARBOUR

Access for leisure boats will be simpler, easier and safer with a new buoyed channel for small leisure craft cutting through the main harbour moorings and directly into the fairway. It is expected that the new channel will reduce congestion at the fairway entrance and enable suitable craft to avoid the strong tidal flows in the vicinity. For  further information, see the Local Notices to Mariners  http://www.cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/pages/notices

 

BROADS BRIDGE NEWS

Trowse Bridge will not be fully operational until the end of May. Delays are possible with painting works on Carrow Bridge from 26 April to 4 May and repairs to Vauxhall Railway Bridge between 16 and 29 April. Somerleyton Bridge has width restrictions from 19 March to 2 April.

Oulton Broad swing bridge will be unable to open during night works on a series of dates in April and May. Full updates on all closures will be found at the Broads Authority’s Notices to Mariners. http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating.html

 

HOSEPIPE BAN COULD RESTRICT BOAT MOVEMENT

The hosepipe ban coming into force in many regions may conflict with the advice to hose down boats before trailer movements around the UK.  The RYA has expressed concern that DEFRA could look to place restrictions on the movement of boats to different waters in the UK in order to prevent the spread of non-native species.  The use of a hosepipe connected to the public water main to clean privately owned boats is prohibited.  However, filling of water tanks is permitted and cleaning of boats using water drawn from rivers is allowed. Boat owners are advised to visit www.hosepipeban.org.uk for further information.