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Blackwater (River) inc Tollesbury, Bradwell and Maldon

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Nass Beacon 51:45'.84N 000:54'.84E


Admiralty 3741, SC5607

Rules & Regulations

Unknown, other than 8 Knts speed limit 250 m from the shore in the Maldon Area.


Much of this area dries out

Tidal Data Times & Range

Osea Island Dover + 0125 MHWS 5.3m MHWN 4.3m MLWN 1.2m MLWS 0.4m   (links)

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General Description

The River Blackwater forms a broad expanse that offers plenty of good sailing with reasonable shelter. ... read more


The visiting yachtsman or motorboater will find the problems in approaching the River Blackwater.... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

The various berthing and anchoring possibilities you will come across are mentioned in the order you will pass them. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Tollesbury - update 2024
Written by Ocean Dancer | 29th Apr 2024
In time for the 2024 season Tollesbury Marina has just completed the first stage of a massive dredging project, spanning berths in the area of pontoons C (south side), D, E and F (west side), where depths are now approximately 10 feet at low water. The marina intends to complete the project around berths on pontoons A, B and C (north side) in winter 24/25. But it's a task that in reality is never finished - nature wants to restore the mud!
Depending on your draught - mine is 1.2 metres - the approaches to Tollesbury are accessible approximately two hours either side of HW. There is a prominent tide gauge at the sill. Boats over 2.0 metres draught are rather constrained at neap tides.
Currently, the Harbour View Bistro has an excellent chef, but do phone ahead and book as the place is really busy at peak times and at weekends.
Tollesbury is as lovely and unchanging as always.
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Update March 2023
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 30th Mar 2023
The notes below this by Rupert are for Tollesbury Marina.
Delightful spot
Written by rupertemerson | 26th Jul 2022
Thoroughly recommended. Reasonable rates, fair facilities and what a lovely atmosphere. A few people staying on board in smart, traditional boats. Picturesque marshes with interesting vessels dotted about. Swimming pool is good, cafe/restaurant is not bad at all. There are further options in the village, which is rather attractive once you reach the centre. Longish bus ride connects you to the rail network. Tiptree jam museum, shop and cafe is well worth a visit. Entrance requires careful planning and study of instructions. There is depth but remain vigilant and try to come in on a rising tide as per. The tide gauge is not that obvious and you do need to read it to get over the sill safely.
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Update May 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 18th May 2022
I reviewed these notes in May 2022. Very little to change
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 21st Apr 2021
I reviewed these notes in April 2021. I've added links to various chartlets issued by the relevant marinas and updated prices which remain pretty much the same.
Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 2nd Apr 2019
There have been improvements at both Bradwell and Blackwater Marinas. Maldon Little Ships now offers visiting berths at Maldon but need advanced booking. Prices have gone up a little but not vastly different to previous years. The charts have been updated to 2019
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Update March 2017
Written by Don Thomson | 22nd Mar 2017
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2017. We have replaced the charts with this year's charts NB some buoyage has changed in the vicinity of the East Swin and Middle Deep; the Gunfleet Sands Wind Farm farm have been expanded there as well. There have been minor increases in the overnight charges and Tollesbury is now charging £3.50 per night for shore power.
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Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 2nd Mar 2015
These notes were reviewed and updated by Don in March 2015. Prices have gone up a little in places and been held in others.
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Update 2103
Written by dononshytalk | 28th Mar 2013
These notes were updated by Don T on the 28th March 2013. Where possible I've updated the prices and information has been included on how to contact the Tollesbury Saltings Ltd (who run the mudberths there) It is apparent that the sailing clubs and marinas in these reaches are being improved all the time and these improvements (where known) have been noted in the text.
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