545 Canal Bridge
Registered in England. Company number: 7537747
2 covered dry docks, full-length boats - up to 72' (22m) can fit in both of them. One - our "new" dock is designed for standard narrow boats up to 7' (just over 2m) in beam, and the other - the "old" dock - can take boats up to 14' (4.3m) wide. So if it fits in a lock on the Kennet & Avon, it will fit in one of our docks! Both docks can be used dry or wet, and both are available for DIY use as well as by our team.
Simple in design, both docks are basically concrete boxes, similar to a modern canal lock, but with only one entrance. The boat floats in from the canal, stop planks are placed over the entrance of the dock, with a rubber sheet to seal them, and the water is pumped out from the dock using our hefty Lister diesel pump.
The boat comes to rest on the wooden tops of the "bostocks", and she is then ready to be worked on. Any seepage of water from the planks is pumped out using automatic electric pumps, and the bottom of both docks is clean dry concrete, making a safe and pleasant working environment.
Both docks are covered, but have ample natural light, with open sides allowing good ventilation. Wind-breaker sheeting can be erected to protect from adverse weather and dust. 240v and 110v electricity is supplied, and we have a 15KW solar array on the roof which provides all the power during the day (but don't worry - the grid provides 24hr cover for after sundown!).
The original dock, known as the old wide dock was built in the late 1970's, bit more than 20 years ago, originally as a boat house. It is the wider of the 2 docks. The "new" dock was purpose built in 2012, and is designed for narrow boat use. It is deeper, and the clearance underneath the boats allows easy access for base-plate inspection and work.
Usually only one boat is in each dock at a time, but occasionally 2 narrow boats can be put in the wide dock when it is used as a wet dock, or 2 shorter boats (total length 70' or less) can share a dock.