Marina Moorings Everything You Need To Know
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Tue May 27, 2014 at 11:21am

Things To Consider

If you are in the process of buying a new narrow boat you are going to need to find moorings. If you like the idea of mooring in a marina there are certain things you should look out for.

In this article we will highlight things to consider when you visit a marina with the intention of mooring your boat there.

Whilton Marina

Choosing A Marina

If you are going to moor in a marina there are certain things you should look at before you sign on the dotted line.

Finding the right moorings for you and your boat is an important part of owning a narrow boat; you wouldn’t buy an expensive sports car and park it just anywhere.  The same goes for your narrow boat you need to make sure that the marina is right.


Let’s start with the location – you need to consider whether it’s important that the marina is close to your home (if you aren’t a liveaboard)  How far are you prepared to travel to get to your boat each time you want to use it?

The other thing to consider is which area of the UK canal network you would like to cruise. If you want to cruise the South of the country for example; then having your boat in this area to start with will mean you will spend less time actually getting to the area you want to be in and you will be able to spend more time actually cruising the area, rather than spending valuable time trying to get there and of course back!


The basics you should expect from a marina are washrooms, sewage disposal, mains electricity, safe walkways and access to buy gas and coal. Other facilities which are desirable would be a chandlery, café and easy access to the local shops.

How far away are you from a local village or town? It’s nice to be in the middle of nowhere but if you need something, then popping to the shops is going to be rather difficult if the nearest town is miles away!

Is there access to public transport?

Check out the marinas security, do they have CCTV? You want to know that when you leave your narrow boat it's going to be safe.  Ask the management what security measures they have in place.


Being able to access your boat is very important.  Don’t take it for granted that you will have your own pontoon.  Ideally you want to make sure that you will be able to get your boat in and out of it's mooring without needing the marina to move other boats out of your way.

Check out how easy it is to get things from your car to the boat, is there parking near your mooring?

What’s included?

Know exactly what is included in your mooring fees.  There’s nothing worse than being sent an additional bill you weren’t expecting to get.  Some marinas include water and electricity, others make an extra charge for this or meter your usage.

Marina Recommendations

Ask other moorers how happy they are at the marina, how do the management deal with problems, has there been any security problems.  If other people are happy to recommend and aren’t telling you to sail away then this is a good sign.

When you have bought your boat and found moorings, you will need to apply for a mooring licence from The Canal and River Trust.


jill ede | Fri Sep 18, 2015 at 8:51pm
could you tell me mooring fees for 57 foot narrow boat? thank you
Whilton Marina | Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 12:54pm
Our moorings are approximately £1.00 per ft per week, so for a 57ft narrowboat about £57 per week.
Juliet Markland | Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 12:58pm
What type of moorings do you offer?
Whilton Marina | Tue Dec 15, 2015 at 3:47pm
We have leisure moorings at Whilton Marina, with a very few residential moorings as well.
Tony pearce | Tue Nov 8, 2016 at 12:14pm
do your mooring fees include electric and water or are they metered? Thank you
Whilton Marina | Wed Nov 9, 2016 at 3:09pm
Hello Tony, Yes our mooring fees do include electric and water currently, they are not metered.
Lee haycock | Mon Mar 20, 2017 at 12:19am
Hiya could you tell me if you have residential moorings available please. 45ft semi. And if so what would be the all in price. Annually.Best regardsLee
Whilton Marina | Mon Mar 20, 2017 at 1:05pm
Hello Lee, unfortunately we currently do not have any residential moorings available.
Paul Kenton | Sat Oct 14, 2017 at 7:12pm
Although you don't have any residential moorings, do you permit liveaboards to overwinter on the regular moorings?
Whilton Marina | Mon Oct 16, 2017 at 2:11pm
Hello Paul, unfortunately we would not allow liveaboards to overwinter on a regular mooring.
Ryan | Sat Apr 7, 2018 at 11:19am
Hi do you have moorings for widebeam boats ? Thanks
Whilton Marina | Mon Apr 16, 2018 at 11:09am
Hello Ryan, our marina isn't really designed to moor widebeamed boats, because a widebeam takes up the space of 2 narrowbeamed boats the mooring costs for widebeams at our marina are appreciably more than our narrowboat moorings costs. That said, at the moment we don't have any free moorings available.
Callum | Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 2:48pm
Hi,I am currently in the finding and purchasing stage of buying a narrowboat however I need to find residential mooring as I need a homebase to travel to work from as I will be a liveaboard. Is there any residential moorings now available at Whilton? Any response would be much appreciated!Many thanks,Callum.
Whilton Marina | Mon Jun 18, 2018 at 3:08pm
Hi Callum, unfortunately we don't have any residental moorings available.
Darren Egerton | Thu Sep 27, 2018 at 5:10pm
Hi. I've just purchased a small cabin cruiser in Manchester. I'll be starting a new job in Wellingborough and was hoping to stay on the boat a few nights a week while working. Do you allow cabin cruisers to Moor there, do you have space if so? Thanks
Whlton Marina | Tue Oct 9, 2018 at 4:40pm
Hello Darren, unfortunately we only allow steel boats to moor at our marina.
Paul | Fri May 7, 2021 at 5:45pm
Hi, how long can a boat stay on your leisure moorings and is this priced at roughly £1 per foot - thanks for your reply
Whilton Marina | Tue May 18, 2021 at 12:20pm
Hi Paul, we have seasonal and temporary moorings depending on the length of stay. You can not stay on the boat for more than 2-3 days. The price is roughly £1 per foot per day.

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