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Overwater marina or Aquaduct

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Hi all, we are looking at mooring our boat at either Aquaduct or Overwater marina later in the year and may spend a few months there on board on and off. Has anyone any experience with either of these marinas and let me know which they think best. Many thanks.

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They are quite Different.  Both owned and operated by farmers, Overwater is a farm with a marina,  Aqueduct is a marina with a lot of land.

 

 There are far more facilities at Aqueduct and it is much more business orientated.  Both have excellent, customer-oriented staff.

 

I have had an association with one of them, and have used facilities at the other, so I don’t want to go into more details on here. Some people love one, others prefer the alternative. The best thing for you to do is (when you can) visit them both and see which feels more like what you are looking for; other people’s views may be more polarised.

 

Their respective websites will give you a bit of a feel for them.

 

Note spelling of “Aqueduct” when searching.

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We've stayed at Overwater with our previous share boat - it's really nice and has a nice café by the canalside!

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We had our boat blasted and 2-packed by aqueduct in 2011. They did a great job, but at a top price. Polite, helpful staff etc. We visited in around 2017 for a pumpout. Foolishly I didn’t ask the price but it was £25 which was pretty outrageous. So a very professional operation but very expensive.

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How much cruising do you do and do you like to go out regularly for a few days/weekends, or do you do longer trips?

 

The reason i ask is that when you want to go cruising, one is at the bottom of 25 locks (Audlem, Adderley & Tyrley) and if you want to go out for a few days weekends regularly then you're always going to have to do the same route and end up in the same places. Longer trips and that wouldn't be so much of an issue. E.g, an overnight trip out from Overwater would probably get you to Barbridge and thats about it.

 

For that reason alone, my choice would be Aqueduct as it is in the middle of an 'H' pattern. For over night trips you could go to Middlewich, Audlem, Nantwich, Beeston, and all have a winding hole for going back again the next morning. You've also got Anderton, Chester, Wheelock and even Lymm all 2 nights away. Be aware though I've never heard Aqueduct talked about without someone mentioning that everything costs a fortune there.

 

If the marina and it's facilities/environment were most important to me i would choose Overwater which I've never heard a bad word about. If going to the boat and going cruising were most important to me rather than staying in the marina, then I'd choose Aqueduct. 

 

On a more personal to me level, I'd never actually moor in a marina. If i needed a mooring I'd look for an online mooring at Barbridge or Calveley or maybe even Midway Boats as they are nice folk there.

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W've moored in Overwater a few years ago when we were part of a shared boat, and at Aqueduct for 5 days last year while having some repairs carried out on our boat. Our experience was that both are nice environments to moor in and both have a good cafe', excellent staff, and good facilities.

 

The main difference we found was that Aqueduct can be rather noisy with having the workshops, particularly if you are moored near the back of the marina.

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We've been at Overwater since January 2019 & we love it there(wish we were there now😔).Great environment,lovely staff & a cracking café.It's an extremely well run & well cared for marina. 

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