Boat trips on the river Blackwater

CRS Marine


Situated in the small village of Heybridge Basin on the River Blackwater, CRS Marine was purchased in 2000 and was formally known as Holt and James. The yard and buildings were almost derelict and it took four years to bring the yard up to its high present day condition.

Today, the marina has moorings for forty five boats between 20ft-50ft on modern pontoons with water, electricity and lighting. There are toilets and showers situated close to the pontoon. Crane out and hard standing facilities are available for boats up to 6 tonnes.

CRS Marine is convenient for London and the surrounding counties. Only thirty minutes from J28, M25, the Marina is well situated for exploring the rivers and creeks of the East coast. For those wishing to cruise further the rivers Orwell, Stour, Deben and Alde are to the North. To the East is the Crouch and river Thames.

CRS Marine prices 2013

Annual rates

80p per ft. per week plus VAT

Winter storage is the same

20ft minimum charge

Boat yard prices for 2013

Lift out £3.10 per ft. plus VAT

Lift in £3.10 per ft. plus VAT

Mast out £1.50 per ft. plus VAT

Pressure washes £1.50 per ft. plus VAT

Telephone: 01621 854684
Mobile: 07850543873

The Lock Tearoom

Once an old chandlery, the Tearoom is managed by Wilkin and Sons Ltd of Tiptree. The Lock offers the finest views over the Blackwater Estuary whilst sat on the sun terrace or from its bright and airy interior.

Opening times:

Daily 9am-5pm Summer
Daily 9am-4pm Winter
Telephone: 01621 854466

James Byam-Shaw – Shipwright

James is situated in one of our old boat sheds.  He has been a shipwright for 45 years serving his apprenticeship at Camper & Nicholson's in Southampton. He now specialises in the making of masts, spars, oars and sculls, solid or hollow, in wood.

Telephone: 01621 854539