Essex Waterways - Boating

All boats must be licensed by Essex Waterways Limited, and covered by at least third-party insurance, and those venturing above Hall Bridge must have a valid Boat Safety Certificate.

Maximum practical dimensions above Hall Bridge are:

Length 17.85m;
Width 4.62m:
Draft 0.62m (statutory minimum, though much of the waterway is deeper);
Air draft 1.9m (lowest bridge at Paper Mill).

Actual lock dimensions are approximately 18.46m x 4.92m.

Heybridge Basin

Find out about using the sea lock and mooring at Heybridge Basin.

Above Hall Bridge

Find out more about the Navigation above Hall Bridge. You can also apply for a mooring on the Navigation and take a look at the charges.

See also

Apply for a mooring on the Navigation and charges.

See the latest Boaters Newsletter, sent to all mooring holders.

Code of Conduct for Manually-Propelled Craft

RYA Courses


Find out about RYA Helmsman courses.

Please note that Essex Waterways Ltd. is no longer offering the RYA Helmsman Training Course.