Today's lock times23/11/2017
Locks between 22:01 and 04:59 require booking with 24 hours notice.
Please call 0151 707 6777 during office hours to book.
Mooring a boat with us gives you the best of both worlds – the peace and quiet of the marina with the thriving city of Liverpool on your doorstep. The world famous Albert Dock, shopping at Liverpool One and the Liverpool Echo Arena and conference centre are all within a short walk.
Boat moorings comprise 350 berths on floating timber pontoons across two docks. We offer both serviced and unserviced berths, with different locations and aspects to choose from. As well as an increasing number of power boat owners – many of whom use their boat as a weekend pied a terre – Liverpool Marina is very popular with racing skippers due to the year round race programme offered by Liverpool Yacht Club.
Alongside motor and yacht mooring, you will find Canal boat moorings. There is a high demand for these narrow boat moorings so we have plans in development to offer 50 new berths. Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page to be kept informed of this and other developments and events at the marina.
In the meantime Liverpool Marina’s narrowboat moorings already form their own community, you can read more about these types of boat moorings here.
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The River Mersey is well buoyed, but care must be taken as it is a busy commercial port. Contact Mersey Radio on VHF Channel 12 upon entering the river for up-to-date information about traffic movements and navigational hazards.
Admiralty chart N0 3490 ‘Port of Liverpool’ is recommended.
The entrance to Liverpool Marina is via the Brunswick Lock, located one nautical mile south from the recognisable Liver Buildings.
From seaward follow the buoyed Garston channel until abeam of the Pluckington Bank Cardinal buoy marked PB. The Tranmere oil terminal will be to starboard. The lock entrance is to port on an approximate transit between these two points; identified by the usual three red/green docking signals.
The lock sill is 4.5m above chart datum and the lock is operated when there is atleast 2m of water over it, eg. 6.5m or more of water above datum. It is the responsibility of the skipper to ensure that you have enough water under the keel before using the entrance – particularly on a falling tide.
Download the marina hand book for more information.
Locks that fall between 0500hrs and 2200hrs are routinely manned. Outside of these hours please book in advance by calling 0151 707 6777.*
Pay attention to the Brunswick Lock procedures. Locking to and from the River Mersey:
1. Contact the lock keeper on CH37 on approach; call sign ‘Liverpool Marina’
2.Enter the lock only when it is clear to do so, under lock keepers instruction or when the docking signals show green
3. Ensure your vessel is tied up securely whilst the levels equalise
4. Depart the lock only when clear to do so
5. Remember on approach and departure to check the depth signs to ensure you have enough water over the sill.
Lock dimensions: Gate 8 metres wide. 30 metres long. On arrival a member of staff will assign you a berth.
Staying safe is common sense.
Take extra care on the pontoons at night and in poor weather; wear appropriate footwear and remember that running is prohibited. Young children, non-swimmers and vulnerable persons should wear life jackets when on the pontoons and should not be left unaccompanied.
Locate the nearest emergency access ladder to your berth. You will find fire and first aid points at the junction where walkways meet the pier. On arrival please note where you nearest point is. Should a fire occur raise he alarm by contacting the marina office, we will call the Fire Brigade if they haven’t already been called. Clear the area, especially those downwind of the fire, leave the area in an orderly manner. Gather at the muster point in the main car park.
We do not allow any hot work such as welding or grinding and swimming and diving are prohibited without written permission.
If you see any defective marina equipment please let us know.
All visiting vessels are required to supply a copy of their insurance certificate, demonstrating third party liability.
In the interest of the environment and the pleasure of everybody please help to keep the water and the surrounding area as clean as possible.
By following these guidelines the marina stays fit for everybody’s enjoyment. Thank you.
Bluepoint marine operate the boat yard here at Liverpool Marina. The yard provides lifting and storage for all types of vessel up to 60 tonnes or 80ft LOA. Once ashore you will benefit from 24 hour access and CCTV for security.
The yard is fully equipped to restore your vessel. We have a strong reputation for insurance work and managing every aspect of complete fit outs.
We deal with minor scuffs to major insurance claims. We will deliver a quality repair and work with surveyors and assessors on daily basis.
We can remove antifoul, blacking and other hull substances back to gel coat using our eco friendly system. Please speak to us regarding your requirements for power washing, race scrubs, painting, antifouling and anodes.
Supplying inboard and outboard engines; full servicing and state of the art engine diagnostics all under one roof alongside our Raymarine dealership.
Pros and Cons of Living on a Narrowboat
Whatever path we take in life, there can often be a series of pros and cons. Owning a narrowboat can open a world never possible before, and living on one can be an experience like no other. However, you must determine whether life on a narrowboat will be a full-time endeavour, or simply something you retire to now and again.
There is no right or wrong answer, it’s simply a case of deciding what’s best for you. The following pros and cons highlight the many benefits of living on a narrowboat, as well as some of the cons that can occur.
A Sense of Freedom
Living in a more conventional home can be restrictive for some, with some preferring boat mooring in the great outdoors as opposed to home improvements. This is due to the ambience and freedom owning a canal boat offers.
Meet Like-Minded People
Depending on how you approach life in a narrowboat, you can come across all sorts of different people, who are only too happy to lend a hand with boat mooring, or pointing you in the right direction when it comes to nearby attractions.
Tranquillity and Quiet
Sure, there are some locations that are quieter than others, but for the most part, those who reside on a narrowboat will find that there is plenty of time to kick back and enjoy the local scenery when berthing a narrowboat.
It Can be Cold
Evidently, this will depend on the narrowboat you purchase, and whether you choose to berth within a marina or not. If you take a narrowboat that’s not very effective when it comes to retaining warmth, then you could find yourself having a few chilly nights when canal boat mooring.
It Can Become Cramped
Again, this can depend on the type of narrowboat you have, and how many people will be on board. However, if there are more people on board than the narrowboat was designed for, you could find there is some tension in the atmosphere.
Burglary and Vandalism
For the most part, there is very little reason as to why you should experience any vandalism when canal bat mooring, nor should you in danger of burglary, but it’s still something we should safeguard ourselves against. If you’re looking at narrowboat moorings in more isolated areas, then you may need to take some extra precautions.
As you can see, the downside of living on a boat is often how we decide to approach boat mooring and what will be needed to ensure that the experience is a pleasurable one. We can ensure that we only yield the benefits by considering the above factors before making a final decision.
While you may assume that marinas are only in isolated locations, there are also some that offer the best of both worlds. For example, Liverpool Marina offers an ambient and tranquil marina, while still offering a vast selection of restaurants, bars and locations of interest on the mainland.