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A £2million expansion of one of the longest-established marinas on the Thames is nearing completion.

An extra 150 berths have been installed in a new pool at Harleyford Marina near Marlow. The first boats have been moved onto their pontoons ahead of an official opening next month,

Among the vessels to be moored in the newly created part of the marina will be Judith R, the American commuter yacht pictured below which was restored by Woottens of Cookham and which starred at last year's Thames Traditional Boat Festival.


Mark Pearce, pictured below, General Manager at Harleyford, which is the second-oldest marina on the non-tidal river, said: "We've made sure that the new berths are bigger and wider because boats are so much bigger these days.

"Going back to the 1980s a Princess 32 or 37 was a big boat. Nowadays they would be among the smaller boats.Like cars ,the size of the boats is much larger. So, all the moorings have got to be bigger.

"The new moorings will be big enough to take 18 or 20 metre Dutch barges on pontoons specially designed for that size boat.

"At the moment we have vacancies for that size but we have a good cross section of different size moorings here.

"We see ourselves as very much a destination marina ideally placed on this section of the Thames. We're a quiet marina situated in the middle of the river - upstream it's an hour and half and you're in Henley , an hour and a half downstream to Cookham and Cliveden."

Until now Harleyford has had moorings for 275 boats. It's been full for 20 years and has had a waiting list in recent times but the expansion has resulted in waiting boaters now being accommodated.

Final work on landscaping and some ancillary work has yet to be finished. Then boats in the existing pool will be moved on to the new moorings to allow renovation of the older sections.

Link to Harleyford website.

 Story dated March 27th 2017