Situated at the mouth of the R. Blackwater, Essex, TSL’s natural marina provides yacht moorings, boat & mast lifts, winter storage and local access to associated services. Great for sailing too!

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Welcome Paul!

Paul - First day

We are pleased to welcome Paul Frost to the team as Boatyard Manager. Paul has been working with us over the winter with our boat movements so many of you will have met him.

Paul brings over 25 years experience of the marine industry and will be an asset to the team. He looks forward to meeting you – do pop in and say ‘Hello’.

Boardwalk repairs ready for the season

New Boardwalks


Storm Doris didn’t deter Doug from getting the boardwalks ready for the upcoming season this week. The 60mph winds simply keeping him cool as he replaced an old, uneven section of the walkway from the main bridge to the water tap, serving the red berths. Taking less than two days, the new boardwalk is now up and running. We are keen to keep the network of boards in good order, and ready for your boating pleasure.

Come down to the Saltings to see the new improvements yourself!

New Season is approaching…

We’re getting ready for the 2017 sailing season, starting with a new intake of shiny wheelbarrows which are now in service and ready for use!

New barrows

Yard Tidied Up


It was good to have a clear up this summer to ensure that we’re making the best of the space we have to benefit all out berthholders and other users of the site.

Thanks to Ben Parmenter and number of local people who assisted us in getting things in good shape, ready for the winter.

We have also been able to improve our recycling provisions on site.

Thank you Tony, Welcome John


This summer berthholder Tony Cant stepped down from being a director of TSL after many years. We are grateful for Tony’s contribution in numerous ways. We are pleased to welcome John Bird, a keen sailor, to the team as a company director.

Board Walk Improvements

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Doug is starting to prepare for the beginning of the season, with assistance from some of the FACT team. They are widening some of the board walks to provide better access to berths, upgrading handrails across bridges and erecting some new wooden handrails.

Toilet Block Refurbishment

Gents Toilet

Doug is hard at work refurbishing the TSL toilet block. The male toilets are now complete after a lick of fresh green paint and new fittings. The disabled toilet is next to be made over followed by the ladies’ next week.

Mud Berthing Know How

Yachting Monthly visited Tollesbury when researching their article on mud berthing. Read about our natural marina in Tom Cunliffe’s article.

Yachting Monthly | April 2013 | Mud Berthing

YM April 2013 quote and picSome of the moorings available at Tollesbury


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The weather is great and there’s a frantic push to get boats ready for the water. Take a look at Meryl and Rex — Meryl’s working hard with the sander, and Rex said that he’s working in a supervisory capacity!
NOTE: Make sure you’ve booked your launching dates with Doug, the lifting diary is getting busy.

The 2013 Season starts

Just a few words to keep you all up to speed – things are starting to get going after the winter break. Boats are already going back in the water ready for this year’s great summer I think! My health journey seems to be going in the right direction due to the best modern day treatments and I am so glad to be back!Doug & Digger 460We now have extra staff working with me two days a week in the shape of Tom Johnson. Tom has been around working with FACT for the past three years and now splits him time between TSL and FACT, it’s good to have him onboard – he’s a great all-rounder and a safe pair of hands. We also welcome some volunteers during the week, from a Colchester based group called GO4 Enterprises which helps young adults get back into the working world, I’m glad to have them around because we’ve done lots of site improvements.GO4_460

Otis Martin, Tom Johnson and Rob Hazelwood