Bates Boatyard and Dry Dock

The Dry Dock


The dock is one of the few truly enclosed dry docks available in the South. It is a solid brick building built over an enlarged lock chamber that was specifically modified for the purpose. It is therefore, very quick to empty by gravity feed into the pounds below, which enables work to commence with minimum interuption.

Dock Services

Welding, carpentry and joinery, engine servicing and repairs, painting, blacking and general boat maintenance are available on site. The dock is also available for hire on a DIY basis.

Mobile Services

Towage and salvage operations are accommodated with a work boat and a skipper for hire.
Emergency breakdowns can be covered if you are sinking, have engine failure or are simply stuck.

Conditions and Availability

Please click on the links to download the Terms and Conditions, and Price List. When you are ready to make a booking please call us to check availability then download and complete the booking form. To avoid disappointment with dates for the dry dock we recommend you book well in advance.


Bulbourne Dry Dock is located at the top lock of the Marsworth Flight of the Grand Union Canal.

Click on the Map below for a more detailed view of where we are

Bulbourne Dry Dock location

An Example of Dry Dock Work

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Contact J Bates; email:  info (at) Telephone:01296 632017 Mobile:07718 096557