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Gillingham Marina in Kent gets new owners

Situated on the south bank of the River Medway, only eight miles from Sheerness, the Marina lies below the Chatham Historic Dockyard in Gillingham Reach. Five miles downstream of Rochester Bridge, Gillingham Marina is an ideal base for both local cruising on the Medway and the Thames or for more extended voyages to the East Coast and to France.

Private owners have bought the two basins and the Waterfront Leisure Centre across a 19-acre site at Gillingham Marina in Kent.

Kent Online reports that the new owners are husband and wife Gary and Rita Beckwith, who previously owned City Cruises, the river cruise company in the UK which ran sightseeing and dinner cruises on the Thames in London.

Terry Gabriel, managing director of Gillingham Marina Ltd, has written to berth holders saying: “The reason for the purchase and long-term goal of the directors is to improve the site as a whole, but particularly the marina area within the complex.

“We believe there is scope to develop the site to offer an improved experience for berth holders.”

The marina, which was put up for sale in 2021, has been owned by the Parham family since the 1970s and has capacity for up to 490 boats. It has The Yacht Harbour Association’s Five Gold Anchors award, which it has held for 25 years.

Facilities include a bar and restaurant, toilets and showers, laundry, children’s playground, refuelling point, helicopter landing pad and onsite car park. There is also a large chandlery and workshops comprising boat hoists, crane paint-spraying booths and secure storage area.

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