Berth Holders’ Spring Newsletter 2021

Hello from the team at Cox’s Boatyard. It is safe to say that our 25th anniversary year in 2020 was a year like no other, and that 2021 so far hasn’t been much better! However, we have been working hard throughout these difficult, unprecedented times to keep everyone afloat, doing our best to rise to the challenges that Covid-19 has brought us all. We would like to say a big thank you to all our customers who continue to patiently support us as we endeavour to get all craft back in the water.

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Covid-19: If you feel it is appropriate and you can keep within the government’s Covid-19 restrictions relating to travel, distancing and social contact, the marina is open but please be aware that berth holders and visitors are not allowed into the workshop and that our office staff will only meet customers outdoors. For advice and more information, please refer to the Broads’ Authority website: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19

Training for the future – As every business needs to train for the future, we are supporting training for Damon, Robyn and me with various courses including senior management, leadership, and marketing. These are running over 18 months to two years, online and with tutors.

Relaunching Craft: Launch dates have obviously been complicated by the uncertain and ever-changing restrictions, and some of our customers have requested that we hold off for the time being. Using your responses to our winter questionnaire form, and through communication with our customers, we are starting to launch boats from the storage areas from 1st March 2021. We are also adapting the order of launch according to customer requirements, so please let us know if yours does not need to be on the water yet, or if you have a rough date in mind. You can also email or contact the office if you have any other queries about your boat.

Brigand – This 32-foot Broads sailing cruiser built by Alfred Pegg in 1933 is currently in the workshop for a major overhaul, including the installation of a new deck covering, epoxying the hull, and a total scrape back on the external woodwork, followed by re-coating her in epoxy paint or varnish. During her restoration, it has been fascinating to discover all the different types of wood that have been used to repair the craft by previous owners.

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Free Wi-Fi: Just to remind you that you will most likely need to log back in onto the wi-fi if you have not been using it for a while. You can do this with either your Facebook login details or the standard form. If you are a Facebook user, why not follow us as we are posting roughly every two weeks to keep boat users and customers up to date?

Dinghy Park & Toilet/shower Block Code: The new shower block code and dinghy park code available from 1st April but the toilet/shower block doors will be left open and the dinghy park barrier will be left up for the time being.

Elusive – We have now nearly finished working on this craft. The hull seams are splined, and the hull and cabin sides have been coated in epoxy resin and varnish. The decks have also been sheathed and painted in epoxy, so that she can be launched later this year and moored in the marina.

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Pennywort – You may have read or seen that there is a plant called Pennywort growing in the upper River Ant area and further up the river to Honing. This plant is very invasive and will grow up to 20cm per day. It can quickly block river flow so if you spot any areas of the plant please report it to Cox’s Boatyard or to Broads Control on 01603 756056. Do not attempt to pilot through it as this will break it up and form two plants that will grow twice as quickly.

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Safety Ladders – You will see that we have installed safety ladders around the marina, which are designed to hook over the quay heading and are long enough to be stepped onto if you fall into the water. There are also a few places in the marina where the ladders touch the bottom instead of hooking over the quay heading, but they still fulfil the same rescue role to assist people out of the water. Please note these ladders are only for rescuing people from the water and not to be used for getting onto your craft when stored on the bank.

Mooring spaces – We have had several questions about mooring spaces and distances between boats, and we have received some comments that they are too tight. Your mooring space will be the total length of your craft plus a minimum of 1 metre forward and aft, and if you moor correctly, this should be more than adequate. When you are mooring your craft, you need to put at least one spring (diagonal mooring rope) on it, although two would be better still to stop the boat from moving forward and aft (see photo). If you are mooring in a pen it may still be useful to use one spring to stop the craft from hitting its stern on the quay heading. Let us know if you need extra mooring rings, and we will put some in for you.

We also have a few spaces left in the dinghy park for sailing dinghy’s or small rowing boats.

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This just leaves me to say please stay safe and keep well. Enjoy your summer and time on the water, thank you for your continuing support and do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any queries. Let us hope for some sort of return to normality before long!

Eric Bishop, Manager, Cox’s Boatyard Ltd