Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Choosing a marina

Today, Monday, was our introduction to English rain.  In fact, it was the first day we've ever spent in the UK where it rained all day.  It was raining when I opened my eyes this morning and it's still raining now at 7pm.  There has been not a moment today that it wasn't raining.  Tonight on the news there's talk of flooding in various locations. 

We intended to spend the day driving around visiting marinas.  We had been to Great Haywood (as well as a couple of others) on Saturday and would have loved to moor there for the Winter.  Unfortunately there were no vacancies.  So, we were on a mission to find an alternative.   There needs to be somewhere easily accessible for milk, bread or other emergency food supplies, a nearby village within easy walking distance, a bus stop close by and a train station within walking or easy bus distance.  That ruled out many of the marinas we've checked out on the internet.

Today we started out with Mercia - it was the furthest from Ormskirk where we are staying.  We, and our Tom Tom navigator, totally underestimated the traffic on the M6.  We should have avoided that motorway altogether - it took us close on 3 1/2 hours to get there!!!  Luckily we really liked it despite it being such a huge marina.  We did go look at one more for comparison but decided to book in at Mercia.  The marina holds 585 boats which is absolutely enormous.  On site there is a narrowboat broker, a cafe, a small shop and a chandlery as well as a hire boat base.  There is more than one amenities block and we have a berth near to one of them.

The new toy (iPad) served us well today as we had a couple of last minute change of plans due to the traffic. We looked up and rang several of the marinas.  The Three mifi thingy worked a treat too.  I still have to find a new smart phone and a printer for my "office" on the boat.

3 comments:

Paul and Elaine said...

Glad you like the Mifi. We are booked in to Aston Marina located at Stone. Nice marina, good restaurant, excellent farm shop and close to the Railway Station.
Paul

Paul said...

hi guys

A good decision. We moored there when we bought our first boat. The boat engineers, led by Justin at Aqua narrowboats, are first class. Remember, where you moore in relation to amenities is very important.

We are now in Kings Bromley as we are more comfortable with various narrowboat jobs but Mercia was a great start, you have chosen well.

Elly and Mick said...

Thanks Paul and Paul.
They gave us a choice of a couple of berths and we chose one closest to an amenities block. The railway station was a big influence on our choice, plus the chandlery.
I'm sure we'll like it there.
Elli