Boats in the Sea

Marinas and Moorings

Marinas and Moorings

There are thousands of berths and moorings in the UK. Not surprisingly many are located in the most popular boating areas.

When we talk about a berth we usually mean a space in a marina. A mooring is usually anywhere else you can keep a boat, for instance along a riverbank, next to a jetty or from a buoy in the the water.

Berths and moorings come in all shapes and sizes, and from budget to the very expensive. The cost is usually dependent on the location and the amenities offered, such as on-site showers or, for instance, a club house.

Premier Swanwick MarinaThings to consider when looking for somewhere to keep your boat:

  • When choosing your location decide how far do you want to travel each time you use your boat – some people don’t mind a couple of hours journey, others want to pop down to their boat when the mood takes them

  • Do you enjoy your comforts and want to be able to just step aboard? – if you do then a full service marina is for you

  • Do you prefer tranquility to hustle and bustle? – then a mooring accessed by water or a remote boat yard may be the place for you

  • If you’re boating on a budget then you may need to choose marinas or moorings with less amenities or perhaps accessible only at certain times of the tide.


Whatever you opt for do make sure you consider your boat’s security. Invest in the best protection methods you can – this could be as simple as a tow hook lock on your RIB trailer or checking on a marina’s security arrangements or buying an onboard security device.

Gold Anchor Award SchemeHow to find a berth or mooring

If you are thinking of berthing in a marina, look out for the Gold Anchor award scheme - it offers Quality Assured Berthing for boat owners. Marinas are awarded ratings from one to five gold anchors indicating the quality of facilities and services available. Any award issued is a sure sign of a credible and quality marina.

To search for marina berths or moorings you can:

  • Check out Which Marina? for a full listing of available berths in the UK

  • Look in the boating magazines

  • Speak to the company that sold you your boat - they can often help you find somewhere to keep it

  • Ask local people in the location you want to store your boat

Berth Brokerage service

Choosing the right marina berth can be as important as choosing the right boat, so you may consider using a berth brokerage service to help find the right berth for you. British Marine member Triangle Berth Brokers offers a free dedicated berth brokerage service. 
Watch the video to find out more.

Triangle Berth Brokers


UK Marinas



International Marinas


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