Berth Holders’ Autumn Newsletter 2015

One year ago we were just about to get the keys to the new workshop… doesn’t time fly! Our great new facilities have certainly been put to good use in the months since then, with a large number boats passing through the workshop to have a wide variety of work completed on them. With so many boats to manoeuvre, the boat transporter has certainly come into its own, and the workshop’s large new doors have also been very successful.

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Office – If you have cause to telephone the office, you may sometimes be greeted by Maggie, rather than Eric, as Eric occasionally works off site to fulfil a contract that Cox’s has gained to inspect and service local authority boats. If Maggie can’t answer your query, however, she will know a man who can!

New Employees – Our apprentice Liam Haylett has now successfully completed his two-year apprenticeship and we are pleased to take him on full-time. We have also taken on Damon Rushmer as a full-time employee. Damon has been working at Cox’s Boatyard in his school holidays and evenings for several years, so you may well have already seen him around.

Banks – We are in the process of building up the banks next to the water’s edge so that they are level with the top of the quay heading. This will also enable us to fill in any holes behind the piles and hopefully make it safer for you. We had planned to do this in early

September in the vain hope that the weather would still be dry and warm, but in true British tradition, the cool, wet conditions have made a bit more mess than anticipated. I can only apologise for all the mud and assure everyone that we are trying our best to get the work done as soon as possible.

Website – We are working on re-designing our website and adding new features to it. Having looked at the site’s viewing statistics it became clear that more than 40% of the hits are now via mobile devices, so we are endeavouring to make it more phone and tablet friendly. You may see drones flying over the marina and these are obtaining aerial photos and videos that we intend to use on the new site.

Water Lilies The growth of water lilies and weeds in the marina has been more vigorous this year than in many other years. They were cut back earlier this year but the low water level in the spring meant that both the water lilies and the weeds quickly grew back. We will monitor regrowth next year and are arranging for it to be cut at least once early next year when the lilies have started to grow.

Summer Party – The summer drinks evening went very well and was enjoyed by just over 80 people, including customers who moor here or elsewhere, as well as people from the parish. I would like to thank everyone who came along on a wonderful summer’s evening, which turned out to be one of the hottest this year.

Directors – Simon Daniels has joined the Cox’s Boatyard Ltd Board of Directors. Simon is a farm owner from Hemsby, has been on the Broads’ Authority and is a very keen sailor. He has also been a Norfolk Punt Club member for many years, so some of you may already know him.

Winter Work – Although we are all hoping for an Indian summer, autumn is definitely coming so I attach the winter work form and ask you to please fill it in and send it back to us as soon as possible. These forms help us to work out the lifting schedules to get the boats out of the water, and then back in when you want to use them, although of course the weather does play a part in this too. We will be craning from 26th October 2015 and as Easter next year is very early – 25th to 28th March –we will be starting to lift boats back into the water on 1st March 2016.

Terms and Conditions – We have revised these and would like you to carefully read the attached. We particularly draw your attention to the section regarding payments and mooring, which are the main areas of change.

It just leaves me to thank you and to express the hope that you enjoy the rest of the summer/early autumn, no matter what the weather!

Eric Bishop

Manager, Cox’s Boatyard Ltd