View from the cockpit

Little auk

Little auk from WikipediaWe’re always delighted to welcome foreign visitors to SYH and this autumn have seen a particularly unusual one – a little auk, spotted by several people around the crane bay over several days. These little birds, related to puffins and guillemots, breed in the high Arctic and come south for the winter. Sadly we didn’t manage to get a picture, so this one is from Wikipedia.

Chance in a million

Rolex Sea DwellerAs usual we are dredging part of the marina over the winter period – this time it’s around jetties G, H and I at the stern of the lightship. You never know what you might find when you’re dredging, but this year has thrown up one of our biggest surprises ever!

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New signage

offfices signIn keeping with the new workshop and hoist signage we have installed additional signage on the chandlery and marina office, which is clearly visible as you drive into the marina. Hopefully it will make it even easier for visitors to find their way around.

Hoist and workshop


Moorings upgraded

mooring buoys with Doris

SYH has a number of moorings out on the Orwell, on both sides of the entrance and some on the Shotley side of the river. Many are in use as permanent moorings but some are always kept free for the use of berth-holders – a lovely spot for afternoon tea or an overnight in the river, or handy for those moments when you head out of the marina entrance and realise something has gone wrong.

This spring we are renewing or refurbishing the whole lot. We lift, check and service the buoys, risers, ground chain and sinker blocks and replace as necessary. It’s yet another task where our mooring barge Doris proves invaluable.

New power system - a guide

We have just completed the first quarter since the Unicorn electricity system was commissioned for the whole marina, and the story has been a great one. For the first time we can be absolutely sure who has used what power and we have detailed usage records for anyone who needs to see them. It’s much fairer for berth-holders and clearer for us.

If you haven’t yet been issued with a card or seen the system in use, please pop into the harbour office where they can give you a demo or take a look at our electricity control card page where we show you the process step by step.

We're on Facebook

FB FindUsOnFacebook-144Users of Facebook may have noticed that we now have a Facebook page with regular updates about what’s going on around the marina. It’s a great way to keep up to date with what’s changing from day to day, find out how the weather – good or bad – is affecting us, and check what’s on offer in the chandlery. Why not take a look, and Like the page if you like what you see?

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Don't forget to book your launch

The launch programme for the spring is starting to get very busy and with Easter falling early this year (Easter Sunday is April 5) there will be a rush of boat owners trying to get a launch during April. To book your slot call the harbour office or email Bob Gibbon.

  • If you need antifouling don’t forget you can buy it from the chandlery online and collect it when you come down to the marina. We have special offers on Ocean Performer and Micron extra or can order any type you need.