Medway/Swale Boating Conference, Saturday 7 March 2015


Yellow buoyThe MSBA and RYA South East are bringing you another great boating conference on Saturday 7 March 2015 – BOOK NOW FOR EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT!

Click here for programme and booking instructions…

Click here for conference poster for your noticeboard

Kingsferry Bridge new lift times

Max Taylor, Peel Ports DHM, tells us that changes in the train time table now result in commercial vessels planning bridge lifts at minute 10 and minute 40 past the hour. (The trains pass the Swale halt at minute 5 and minute 35 past the hour). This is useful info for the recreational boater wishing to use the bridge. It should be noted that most commercial lifts only take place 5 hours before HW to 1 hour after HW.

Missing Person Appeal

David LeaveyPC David Lavender has asked if anyone has any information about David Leavey, aged 37, who was last seen on 11 December in Chatham. There is a suggestion that he may have worked on boats on the Medway.

If you have any information, please call Kent Police on 101. Click here for further details

Roman Settlements of the Medway, 22 Jan 2015

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) Kent & East Sussex Branch, invite us to an illustrated talk on Roman Settlements of the Medway by Simon Elliott, a local archaeologist with a particular interest in Roman history in Kent. All are welcome to attend, whether IWA members or not, on Thursday, 22 January 2015, 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm at Strood Yacht Club, Knight Road, Strood ME2 2AH

Marina winter lock closures

We understand the locks will be closed for maintenance as follows:

  • Gillingham Marina’s lock will be closed from 23 January for two weeks.
  • Chatham Marina’s lock will be shut from 26 January to 9 February

All aboard for the Boat Show!

LBSLast call from Clinton Lyon for the Coach Trip from Gillingham Marina to the London Boat Show on the Preview Day on 9 January. This year the Boat Show includes a Classic Car Show running alongside it. Cost £25 including entrance ticket. Phone 01634 280022 or email berthing (at)

Expansion at Queenborough Harbour

Press Release from Queenborough Harbour Trust

With the recent addition of a further 9 moorings, Queenborough Harbour continues to expand its services to the boating community. These Shoal Draft/Half Tide moorings are suitable for boats up to 10m long that are able to settle in the soft mud. Mooring holders will benefit from all the amenities available at Queenborough, including a free trot boat service, while the low pricing reflects the restriction on access. Please contact the Harbour for further information.If you like the idea of a half tide mooring, but your boat is longer than 10m, please let us know and we will arrange to install half tide moorings to suit longer boats.

Pirates Cave Christmas Party, 18 December

Everyone is invited to the Pirates Cave Christmas Party on Thursday 18 December, from 9 am to 9 pm. Dick Holness, co-author of East Coast Pilot, will be on hand to chat about his new book and experiences on the East Coast. Plus free food and drink!

Suppliers will be on hand for advice and exclusive deals: Raymarine
(Cashback offers & LBS 2015 advance order deals), Lewmar, Spinlock, Henri Lloyd, Orca Bay Shoes, International Paints.

Pirates Cave locationPlease note the new store address:
Unit 6 Kendon Business Park
Maritime Close
Medway City Estate

Take the first turning on the right when entering the Medway City Estate (it used to be the second turning on the right).

Queenborough Harbour Notice


Now that we have the new pontoon in place we need to carry out a number of important safety actions before we can officially welcome boats alongside. These jobs will take 4-8 weeks to complete, though it obviously depends on the weather. Jobs include:

  • Paint markings showing the edge of the pontoon
  • Removal of a number of trip hazards
  • Installation of firefighting and lifesaving equipment
  • Pressure washing slippery surfaces & application of non-slip coatings

During this time access is restricted to Queenborough Harbour staff & Contractors ONLY.

If you plan to visit Queenborough you may continue to use the visitors buoys and concrete lighter, but we would rather you did not use the ATL and walkway when going ashore without a member of staff present to ensure your safety, but if you do it is at your own risk. Please contact us in advance and we will try our best to accommodate you. Our staff are present a few hours each day during winter and have essential maintenance work to complete, so if we miss your call please leave a message.

Harbour office 01795 662051
Staff mobile 07456 459754

North Kent Catchment Improvement Group – can you help?

Mark Loos of the Medway Swale Estuary Partnership asks us to look at this tentative list of projects that came out of the recent consultation. He would be most grateful if you could forward any comments that you or your organisation may have on the list, by Friday 5 December at the latest. Even if you’re happy with the projects themselves, maybe your organisation can help with delivery? Please take this opportunity to ensure that we have the right projects and right partners in place, to ensure that the action plan is a success.

Medway Estuary (transitional and coastal waters) ProjectsVer1