Just before woodbridge lays Martlesham creek, it is home to a hundred or so boats and a few live-a-board barges.
Here is a dinghy drift around the place.
Looks to be a lot of sad and neglected boats mixed in with the the living ones.
I think that wherever you find a cheap place to keep a boat you will find boats that are on the cusp of a significant change. They will either be bought by another person and revived….. of be chopped up and chucked in a skip. The trouble is that boats no longer slowly rot away.
Having said that there are a lot of very desirable boats hiding there among the decaying dross.
That big pilothouse ketch looks interesting. Whether it’s on it’s way up — or down — is hard to tell. She looks like she’s partially aground, or docked in really shallow water.
The tide was still on its way up when I went in there so it might still float every tide.
Sadly I’ve seen similar on the Medway and Kentish Stour where dreams have turned into nightmares.
Can glass fibre be recycled?
It can be, but it won’t necessarily be. I looked into this before I bought my elderly Pageant as I wanted to know what I was letting myself in for if the boat was unsaleable by the time I had to get rid of it. Boatbreakers of Portsmouth will take it away and cut it up for about £1000 (probably more if you’re further away). Currently it goes to landfill, but it sounds as though there are other options including recycling which they’re looking into. Details here – http://www.boatbreakers.com/end-life-fibreglass-boat-recycled/
I had my boats down at Martlesham Creek for years, I only left because I could only get out at high tide and this meant that I wasn’t getting any use out of the boat. It was a shame because the creek is the friendliest place around and was great value.
Boats….. Boats…. plural… not too many boats I hope.
I like martlesham creek…. it is a very tranquil place with an amazing array of boating interest…. from thje big house boats to the little traditonal east coasters. I rather like drying places – they force you to stay out for longer periods. Rather nice.
Having moved from a drying creek to an all tide mooring on the Twizzle – been there a couple of years now. On the plus side I can come and go when I want. On the negative side, it costs more and I now feel out of touch with the movements of nature. My whole life was dictated by the tides. I used to refer to the tide clock in my hallway to see if I had time to get away – never look at it now. All I do is plan a passage when going on a longer haul trip or just pop out at any time to hang around the Walton Backwaters – it’s a hard life…