Special Features

Gillingham Marina

Situated on the Medway’s south bank, Gillingham Marina is the most downstream of the river’s marinas, ideal for both local cruising and extended journeys to the East Coast and beyond.   The marina has been family run since it first opened in 1972, and over the years has been improved and developed, including new workshops and chandlery, but has never ...

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Crowhurst – the film

Last month the big budget film The Mercy was released, but there is another film out this month that will also be exploring Donald Crowhurst’s tragic story. Simon Rumley, the director of Crowhurst, takes us behind the scenes of the making of this film. Words: Simon Rumley Images: Mike Riley By now, it seems, everyone in the UK must have ...

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Making Waves

Claire Rendall is an interior designer who has collaborated with Van De Sant garden furniture. Plastic on the sea-bed has been pulled up from the sea and recycled into a luxury furniture range. Few who recently watched the amazing Blue Planet series on BBC1 can have failed to be deeply moved by the plight of our ocean wildlife due to ...

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A guide to buying your first boat

Owning a boat is much more affordable than most people think, and much more fun! Buying a boat could be the first step towards discovering two thirds of the planet’s surface that those on land simply can’t. So why wait? Well, before you set sail, there are some questions you’ll need to consider when shopping around for your first boat, ...

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Jachthaven Biesbosch

Surrounded by the beautiful nature reserve of the Biesbosch National Park, Jachthaven Biesbosch in the Netherlands offers unparalleled space and all the facilities that appeal to modern boaters. Located in the North Brabant region of the Netherlands, the freshwater delta of the Biesbosch has been the epicentre of boating in the country for decades. The national park is a mecca ...

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Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour

The Beaulieu River Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour keeps pace with modern demands while remaining an unspoilt, stunning, natural haven.  The Beaulieu River is one of only a few privately owned estuaries in the world. Four centuries of custodianship by the forebears of Lord Montagu have ensured that it remains an unspoilt haven, where riverside development and the number of moorings ...

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Town Quay Marina

  Town Quay delivers a vibrant city centre berthing experience, whether you are staying for one night or 12 months. Town Quay Marina is one of four marinas owned and operated by Associated British Ports and was built in the mid 1990s. It was then extensively refurbished with a dredge, new electrics and water supply in 2011. In the heart ...

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Neyland Yacht Haven

Pembrokeshire’s Neyland Yacht Haven is situated within the UK’s only coastal national park. Positioned within the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Neyland Yacht Haven is the only marina in west Wales to offer full-tidal access for resident and visiting boats. Neyland benefits from a stunning location in the Westfield Pill area of the Milford Haven waterway. The tree-lined creek provides ...

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Venezia Certosa Marina

Venezia Certosa Marina, on Certosa island in the heart of the Venetian Lagoon, is a perfect base from which to explore Venice. Despite being in an enviable location, just 10 minutes from St Mark’s Square and the lively heart of Venice, Venezia Certosa Marina is an oasis of calm, a 24-hectare area with masses of beautiful parkland. Since the marina ...

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Karpaz Gate Marina

The award-winning Karpaz Gate Marina offers East Mediterranean berthing with a number of on-site leisure facilities and a boatyard. Karpaz Gate Marina opened in 2011 with the aim of establishing North Cyprus as a new sailing destination and attractive long-term base for yachts up to 60m. The marina is perfectly placed as a convenient starting point for boaters to discover ...

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