Mooring at Heybridge Basin

Contact the Heybridge Lockkeeper for enquiries about mooring at Heybridge Basin.
Telephone 07712 079764 or email grant.everiss@waterways.org.uk
Address: The Lock House, Heybridge Basin, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4RY

Heybridge Lock was built as the sea terminus for the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation.  The village of Heybridge Basin grew up around the lock as there was plenty of work unloading the ships into the canal barges. The village has continued to expand into the 21st century despite the cessation of commercial activities on the canal.  This expansion has continued because of the excellent sailing facilities on the River Blackwater and also because of the 150-200 yachts permanently moored in the Basin.  The village also has two pubs and an excellent tea room run by the world-famous Tiptree Jam Co.  While there are no shops in the village, there is a shopping centre about one mile away and a large Tesco supermarket two miles away.  Visitors can take their own dinghy upstream to the shops.  Small craft can navigate the 14 miles upstream (by arrangement).

Permanent Berths at Heybridge

The basin can accommodate vessels up 50 metres in length and 4.0 metres draft.  Space for vessels over 1.6 metres draft and over 20 metres in length is restricted.  However, at the top end of the moorings, on the south side, we have space for more small boats.

Visiting berths at Heybridge Basin

Visitors are always welcome at Heybridge Basin. However, during the summer months it is very busy so please book in advance to reserve a berth , especially at weekends when yacht club rallies visit the Basin.

Hours of operation of the Sea Lock

The sea lock operates on High Waters. The first locking is always outwards to create space in the Basin, locking then continues alternately until all craft wishing to enter or leave are through. Please note, we try to fill the lock with vessels to maximise water conservation by locking as few times as possible on a given tide, so punctuality is appreciated.

Lock times during the summer months (1st April to 30thSeptember):
06.00-20:00. On all tides that serve but please pre book to facilitate efficient lock use.
20:00-06:00. Is considered out of hours and is only carried out by special arrangement.

Lock times during the winter months (1st October to 31st March):
08:00-17:00. On all tides that serve but please pre book to facilitate efficient lock use.
17:00-08:00. Is considered out of hours and is only carried out by special arrangement.

Dimensions of the Sea Lock

The sea lock is 55 metres long by 7.5 metres wide.  There are three sets of gates which means there are three lengths of lock that are operable; they are the long lock at 55metres, a medium size lock at 33 metres and a short lock at 17 metres.  On most lockings, the middle sized lock is used.  However, at really busy summer weekends the long lock may be used  but if only one or two boats are expected the short lock is used to conserve  fresh water.

Approaching the Sea Lock

approach the green starboard hand buoy called Lock Approach from here you will see the lock entrance please call ‘Heybridge Lock’ on VHF Ch 80  and wait in the vicinity of the green buoy.  Normally locking out occurs first, and but as the photographs show the channel is very narrow. Please do not obstruct this channel as boats with deep drafts may be leaving.
 
When instructed on VHF CH 80 you can make your approach.  Leave the lock approach buoy close to starboard and proceed towards the withies (wooden sticks in the mud).  These withies need to be left about the beam of the boat on the port side.  The Withies are always port hand markers as identified by their red tops.

Always be prepared to moor on either side of the lock, ropes around ten metres long with plain ends are best.  Staff will help you moor up by passing your rope  round bollards on the quay and passing the end back to you.  Have plenty of fenders rigged, as the lock side is unforgiving granite and brick.

The rise in the lock varies depending on the tide; on neaps it may be as much as 2.5 metres.

Berthing in the Basin

While you are in the lock the lockkeeper will give you a berth in the basin.  This may involve rafting up to other boats.  We try to keep them in the order they are leaving in so boats staying the longest will go inside boats that are leaving the next day.  We also try to give boats crewed by disabled people, children and dogs berths on the quayside.

If you have a dog(s), children or are disabled please let us know when you book your berth.  You will be asked to fill in a registration card and will be given an information sheet with details of the codes for the shower block, laundry and other details.

Visiting Moorers Rates 2019 (includes Heybridge Basin and trail boats)

These charges apply from 1st January 2019.

Price per night for the first seven nights:

Boats up to 7m (up to 22.9 feet) £19 per night
Boats 7.1m to10m (23 to 32.8 feet) £23 per night
Boats 10.1m to13m (32.9 to 42.6 feet) £26 per night
Boats 13.1m to 15m (42.7 to 49.2 feet) £29 per night
Boats 15.1m to 20m (49.3 to 65.6 feet) £33 per night

Price per night for subsequent nights:
Boats up to 7m (up to 22.9 feet) £5
Boats 7.1m to10m (23 to 32.8 feet) £6
Boats 10.1m to13m (32.9 to 42.6 feet) £7
Boats 13.1m to 15m (42.7 to 49.2 feet) £8
Boats 15.1m to 20m (49.3 to 65.6 feet) £10

Total price for subsequent weeks up a total of three months:
Boats up to 7m (up to 22.9 feet) £35
Boats 7.1m to10m (23 to 32.8 feet) £42
Boats 10.1m to13m (32.9 to 42.6 feet) £49
Boats 13.1m to 15m (42.7 to 49.2 feet) £56
Boats 15.1m to 20m (49.3 to 65.6 feet) £70

Any vessel wishing to stay for longer than three months is required to sign up for a long term mooring agreement.

All bookings are subject to Berth availability and terms and conditions consistent with those applied to long term moorings (details at www.essexwaterways.com or on notice at Heybridge Basin).

Crane Charges

See the Crane Charges page in the Boating section.