Hard sell on harbour

PUBLISHED: 12:05 05 May 2006 | UPDATED: 21:51 28 May 2010

THE expansion of the Wisbech yacht harbour as part of the £47million Nene Waterfront Development Project is being supported by an aggressive marketing campaign to sell the advantages of berthing in the town. The number of berths at the harbour on the Rive

THE expansion of the Wisbech yacht harbour as part of the £47million Nene Waterfront Development Project is being supported by an aggressive marketing campaign to sell the advantages of berthing in the town.

The number of berths at the harbour on the River Nene has this month doubled to 128, making it an attractive watering hole for a large number of yachting enthusiasts.

Even as the state-of-the-art pontoons were being lowered into position, plans were being made to attract boat owners. Yachtsmen looking to find a safe and secure berth are being encouraged to look at Wisbech as a base, particularly those living in the Midlands.The advantages to Midland boat owners of Wisbech over other east coast yachting facilities is that it is more accessible, just 60 miles from most Midland cities and towns as opposed to more than 130 miles if a boat is moored in Ipswich.

On cost, Wisbech is second to none. The cost of a berthing a 10 metre boat in Wisbech for a year is just £840. In Ipswich it is £2,250 and on the Solent it is £4,000 a year. In addition, Wisbech is building a hi-tech boat lifting and boat repair facility at Crabmarsh so that boat owners do not need to travel to the Humber or Lowestoft to have their boats repaired.

Wisbech is an ideal base from which to explore the east coast and for sailing across to Holland. Indeed a flotilla of dutch sailors are this summer coming to Wisbech, where they will be feted and given a grand tour of the tourist spots in the area.

Councillor Mac Cotterell, portfolio holder with responsibility for the port, said: "Wisbech is an ideal base for sailors who want to explore the east coast as well as the continent. The port is very competitively priced and the berthing facilities are secure and very accessible from the Midlands.

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