Message from Queenborough Harbour Team: Unfortunately there will be NO trot boat running this weekend (11+12 August) due to mechanical issues. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and are trying everything in our power to rectify this.
Harbour Manager Emma Crompton tells us what happened. On the afternoon of 25 June, an alert mooring holder at Queenborough Harbour spotted three chaps in an inflatable dinghy removing an outboard from another boat. The harbour team quickly came over in the trot boat while the police were called. One of the thieves disembarked with the outboard in the mud by the coal washer, only to drop it in his struggle to get ashore. The other two went back to the slipway but when they saw the police they headed back to the coal washer area where they abandoned the dinghy. Their two vehicles contained marine equipment stolen from Devon the night before, though the three suspects, who were subequently arrested, were from Kent, though not local. The inflatable dinghy had been stolen from the tender park in March! Emma and some helpers managed to recover the outboard from the mud before the tide claimed it – see photo.
This just shows how brazen the thieves are and how important it is to be alert to suspicious activity.
We have been advised by Emma Crompton the Harbour Manager that this morning they have a crane (shore-side) to lift the bridge, then the walkway, so they can re-position the floats. A team has been working through the night fabricating new brackets to go on today which, if all goes to plan, will be welded into place to stop the float coming free again. They have also positioned an additional float to provide extra support to the extremely heavy bridge.
While these works are carried out the walkway is unsafe and therefore closed. If anyone URGENTLY needs to access the ATL or pontoon they should contact Emma on 07456 459754.
UPDATE: The walkway is now open again.
The festival is open to any boat, large or small, designed or built before 1970 – wood, steel, aluminium, fibreglass, ferro cement, sail, power, steam or other, the bigger the variety of boats the better the show. If in doubt as to whether your boat qualifies please email a photo and a short description.
Without classic boats, we will not have a festival, so we are delighted to offer free berthing for up to 5 nights for qualifying vessels that register with us before 31 August.
You must register by email and have received a confirmation email to attend. To register your Classic Boat please email email@example.com
Visitors (by foot)
Entry is FREE, the harbour will be open to the public to view the boats and meet the skippers. In addition, we plan to run passenger trips around the harbour and visit classic boats on their moorings. Last year almost 1000 people attended and the atmosphere was terrific.
Friday 28th Most of the Classic Boats arrive in harbour
Sat 29th Festival open 10am to 5pm
Sun 30th Festival open 10am to 2pm
We hope you can join us in making this 3rd festival even better than last year and a regular feature in the boating calendar.
Queenborough Harbour trot boat hours for the 2018 Easter weekend are as follows:
Good Friday 10am – 9:30pm
Saturday 10am – 9:30pm
Easter Sunday 10am – 9:30pm
Easter Monday 10am – 5pm
Queenborough Harbour Trust is delighted to introduce to you our new Harbour Manager, Emma Crompton. Emma comes to us with over ten years’ experience of the marine industry, working in various sectors and is also a crew member within the RNLI. Emma is very excited about taking this position and looks forward to meeting our mooring holders and visitors and contribute to the continued development of Queenborough Harbour.
Yesterday afternoon high winds and a very high tide combined to cause considerable damage to the walkway. One of the supporting floats close to the security gate broke free causing a section of the walkway to collapse. Temporary repairs have been carried out, but access is very dangerous.
If you really must use the walkway, this is only possible at low water, with the floats aground. Please proceed with extreme caution 1 person at a time. Many planks are loose, some are missing and many others are a significant trip hazard. Access at high water or anytime when the floats are lifted with the tide is not possible.
We apologise for the inconvenience and we are doing everything possible to have the walkway back in use as soon as we can.
UPDATE 30 Jan 2018: Emma, the new Harbour Manager, has advised us yesterday that the walkway has been open again for some time.
For the 4th year in a row Queenborough Harbour Trust is extending the trot boat cover during the summer months. In addition to our usual service, this year we will be running our trot boat every day in May, this means the trot boat will be available every day from 1 May to 31 Aug, as well as every weekend. However, due to lack of demand, we have reduced our operating hours in October as we simply cannot justify the expense of providing cover late into the evening during October when demand is virtually nil. We believe the extended summer cover will far outweigh the reduction in October cover.
For full details of trot boat hours, please visit our website or copy and paste the link below into your web browser: