Stowe Hill has a small number of off-line moorings in a well sheltered basin. We can currently accommodate narrow beam vessels from 35ft up to 60ft long. The moorings are either against the bank or pontoons, and the layout allows ease of access to the main line.
Mains power is available to all basin moorings with metered outlets on bollards at strategic locations around the perimeter. Electricity meter readings are taken at regular intervals and billed with mooring invoices, or upon vacation of the berth. The power outlet bollards are fitted with dusk to dawn sensor lighting, and the pontoons have LED lamps set into the deck to make it safer using them in the dark. Water points are located within reach of all berths.
The dry dock and moorings area are covered by CCTV, and a security gate is fitted at the entrance to the marina, closed overnight, and accessed by a secure lock for which a key deposit is required upon arrival and refunded on departure after return of the key. Ample car parking space is provided.
The site is under a regular maintenance regime, with the grass cut frequently as required during the season, and with the extensive tree planting over the years, a secluded and private area has been created. There is ample seating around the basin area and picnic tables are provided free for customers use.
In 2010, a substantial investment was made in piling and bank protection works around the basin and main line moorings, and the basin was dredged to restore adequate working depth. On-going maintenance is a high priority to keep the areas under use in good condition. The management are always available to discuss any issues that may arise.
One of the highlights of the calendar is the annual bonfire and gathering around November 5th, when the berth holders get together to share and celebrate the years cruising escapades, and enjoy a spectacular firework display with a mouth watering array of eats and drinks afterwards. Everyone has a hand in the organisation, and the operators of the Dry dock generously give up their time and space to make sure we have somewhere to present the food as well as a shelter if the weather turns sour.