Major new investment to extend the Beaulieu River marina while preserving the unique character which makes it so special.
The marina was opened in 1971, with a modification in 1980, and since that time has largely remained in the same form. Over that period the nature of vessels and the demands of customers has changed.
There is now a need for the marina to be updated:
We recognise that the river and marina is a special place and we are committed to undertaking the project in a sustainable fashion which protects the unique habitats of the Beaulieu River.
The approved plans seek to reconfigure and extend the existing marina to better meet the demands of the modern boating customer and deliver increased provision of walk ashore berths. This is achieved by making best use of the existing deep water and rationalising the alignment of the main channel.
Adjustments will also be made to moorings immediately upstream of the marina and the trot moorings downstream of Buckler’s Hard pier.
The following table provides a comparison between the existing and planned berth numbers.
|Walk Ashore Visitors||8*||46|
|River Pontoons (Residents)||18||18|
|River Pontoons (Visitors)||20||0|
|Fore & Aft Moorings||15||15|
*With rafting this is significantly increased
The new berth mix and layout is designed to future-proof the marina for the next 25 years and enable us to accommodate historic levels of visitor activity.
On the busiest days, accommodating visitor demand requires rafting of vessels often 3 or 4 deep and this significantly increases the capacity of the marina and the visitor pontoon. The extensive rafting is contrary to the preference of modern boat owners and furthermore the use of the marina by visitors creates some conflict with the resident customers.
Over the past 10 years or so a gradual build-up of sediment has resulted in a loss of depth in many areas, particularly on the inshore berths. The first phase of an approved programme of maintenance dredging commenced last winter. The marina works will take place in conjunction with subsequent phases of dredging to minimise the disruption to customers and operations.
It is our wish to invest in the Beaulieu River and Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour to secure its future as a desirable place to keep a boat in an unspoilt and unique location.
We will be careful to design the modified marina to have a similar look and feel to the existing marina using new and refurbished pontoons of the same type as existing. We will specify the same or similar equipment, including using hardwood timber piles.
We have undertaken a survey of tidal flows and the results have been taken into account in the draft marina design.
The scheme will:
We anticipate that the main works will take place in the winters of 2019 / 2020 and 2020 / 2021.
Please contact the harbour office for more information or to register your interest in hearing about future berth availability.