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Crouch (River) inc Burnham and Fambridge

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Wallet Spitway Buoy 51:42'.87 N 001:07'.30 E Swin Spitway Buoy 51:41'.96N 001:08'.32E


Admiralty 3750, SC5607

Rules & Regulations

8 Knts Speed Limit in river, areas set aside for Waterskiing.


Large Drying Areas, Some Coasters as far as Baltic Wharf.

Tidal Data Times & Range

Burnham on Crouch Dover +0115 MHWS 5.2m, MHWN 4.2m, MLWN 1.0m, MLWS 0.2m   (links)

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General Description

The River Crouch in the approaches and the first few miles inland is flat and featureless and not particularly attractive. ... read more


Approach to the River Crouch is made via the Whitaker channel which runs between Buxey Sand to the North... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

The visiting yachtsman or motorboater will find Burnham Yacht Harbour and Essex Marina in the immediate Burnham.... ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Still no cafe
Written by rupertemerson | 18th May 2022
Still no cafe / restaurant. Friendly welcome and cheap but pontoons are a bit rough and ready so fender up carefully. Very easy access to the railway station (ten minutes walk with bags). Marker buoys are blue barrels with pealing red paint so one assumes all port hand and that seemed to work. Should be ok from mid tide for most craft that take the ground.
Bridgemarsh Marina
Written by Bryant | 15th Jul 2019
Been informed: Bridgemarsh Marina-Clubhouse/bar/restaurant closed for refurbishment 9/7/2019
Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 5th Apr 2019
I updated these notes in April 2019. Most of the marinas on the Crouch have improved their facilities and have upped there fees. I've included the latest charts.
Written by Don Thomson | 23rd Mar 2017
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2017. Updated charts have been added to the chart gallery and new prices noted where they have changed. The movement of ships to the Wallasea Jetty with spoil from Crossrail's London excavations is now complete and the buoyage at the jetty has been removed. (although it still appears on the chart in our gallery)
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 3rd Mar 2015
These notes were reviewed and updated by Don in March 2015. Prices have remained pretty well the same for the 2015 season. We've added a pontoon plan for Essex Marina to the Navigation images and the Overhead Google view (top right) now has place markers on it. It appears that the operations at Brandy Hole have changed subtly with the Yacht Station taking more control of the mooring facilities there and the Yacht Club has evolved into more of a restaurant for all comers.
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 3rd Apr 2013
These notes were reviewed by Don T on the 3rd April 2013. The approach notes have been re-edited to cover the new buoyage in the approaches. Changes and improvements at Fambridge have been covered. All prices have been checked and the increase in commercial traffic to the new off-loading facility on Wallasea Island noted.
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Commercial shipping - increased activity
Written by Bru | 25th Oct 2012
With the commencement of Crossrail spoil disposal operations on Wallasea Island (August 2012) there will be significantly more commercial shipping movements starting initially with 3 per week rising to perhaps as many as 6 per day next year (2013). Shipping movements will be controlled on VHF Ch.11 which should be monitored. Call sign "Wallasea Jetty" on Ch.11 for information on movements. The tug "Arthur T" will maintain a listening watch on Ch.11 whilst vessels are inbound or outbound (inside the Whitaker buoy)

4 special yellow buoys just upstream of the wharf on Wallasea Island mark the turning area for the coasters unloading at the wharf. Anchoring is not permitted in this area and all craft are required to keep clear during turning operations. The normal route in and out of the Crouch would be via the Whitaker Channel and passing to the South of the Sunken Buxey where the channel is narrow and maneovering of deep draughted vessels may be restricted. It has, however, been suggested that in some combinations of tide and weather the pilot may take the coasters North of the Swallowtail

Further details and the latest info can be found on the Crouch Harbour Authority web site
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New improved buoyage being laid July 2011
Written by MissMack | 19th Jun 2011
Dramatic changes to the buoyage in the Crouch and approaches take place in July 2011. See Approach and Entry section for details, and downloadable PDF.
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