IF YOU’RE VIS­IT­ING BY BOAT

Boating NZ - - Feature -

Ex­plor­ing the Marl­bor­ough Sounds on you own boat de­mands plenty of spare time and, for­tu­nately for those who pre­fer to sam­ple it at a leisurely pace, the re­gion boasts three ex­cel­lent mari­nas to use as a base or stopover.

Pic­ton, Waikawa and Have­lock all pro­vide marine and en­gi­neer­ing fa­cil­i­ties, as well as restau­rants/cafés, toi­lets and show­ers, laun­dry, fuel, pump-out sta­tions, waste oil dis­posal cen­tres, a rubbish re­moval ser­vice and a launch­ing ramp for trailer boats. PIC­TON MA­RINA 254 berths, cater­ing for ves­sels from 8m-35m. WAIKAWA MA­RINA 600 berths, with vis­i­tor berths from 8m-20m. HAVE­LOCK MA­RINA 340 berths, able to ac­com­mo­date ves­sels between 10m and 30m. Be aware that the en­trance to Have­lock chan­nel is more tidal than the other mari­nas, but it’s well-sur­veyed with ex­cel­lent nav­i­ga­tion mark­ers. The chan­nel has been dredged to 2.1m at chart da­tum.

With per­ma­nent moor­ings avail­able, all three are good places to leave your boat for ex­tended stays. Note: If you are plan­ning to cruise the Sounds this sum­mer, con­sider down­load­ing the Marl­bor­ough Sounds Cruis­ing Guide App. Avail­able for An­droid and Ap­ple phones, it’s an in­valu­able ac­ces­sory for itin­er­ary plan­ning.

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