Hassle-free laying up at Cowes Harbour


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As the nights draw in, it’s the time when thoughts turn to preparing for winter. Whether that’s taking your boat out of the water to lay up in a boatyard for a winter’s refit, moving your vessel into a marina to enjoy easy access to shoreside facilities, or finding the ideal self-storage for your boat’s inventory for those damp, wet months.

Cowes Harbour Services and Shepards Marina offer everything you need for hassle-free laying up this winter with a wide range of services catering to boat owners’ needs.

Wherever you have kept your boat during the sailing season, why not treat yourself this winter and experience the benefits of a marina with great value safe winter berthing at Shepards Marina in Cowes. If you’d like to be in a marina but want to lay-up ashore, then enjoy the best of both worlds with boat storage ashore (up to 6 tonnes) in the serviced yard at Shepards Marina.

Further up the River Medina, at Kingston Wharf in East Cowes, the Cowes Harbour Services Boatyard is taking bookings for winter boat storage in the yard. Yachts and motor boats up to 40 tonnes can be accommodated, with the 30 tonne boat mover enabling quick transit times from the hoist dock to the main yard. The Boatyard team operate a friendly and welcoming yard and bring a wealth of experience to all your boat maintenance projects. For great personal service and a team who deliver first-class results, Cowes Harbour Services Boatyard is the place to go.

It’s recommended to remove cushions and soft furnishings from boats over the winter, they will stay drier, make your vessel less damp and less susceptible to mildew. There’s an easy winter solution at the Cowes Harbour Storage self-storage facility, also on the Boatyard site at Kingston Wharf in East Cowes.

Just rent a self-storage unit to de-clutter your boat, allowing you to stow away any cushions, spare sails, tenders, outboards and surplus equipment. Call (01983) 299385 to find out about the new One Month Free and Introduce a Friend offers available for a limited time only until December 31.