Imagine turning up, stepping aboard your boat and casting off. No reversing down the slipway, no wet feet, no worries. At our Queen Anne’s Battery (QAB) marina this could be your reality.
For over 20 years QAB has offered hassle free, easy access to the water through its Launch and Recovery service. All you have to do is trail your boat down to the marina at the beginning of the season and QAB’s highly trained staff will do the rest.
“It really is very simple. Bring your boat to us on its trailer at the beginning of April and we’ll store it and launch it for you as many times as you need throughout the season,” says QAB Marina Manager, Chris Price. “And when it’s time to go home, we’ll recover your boat and look after it until the next time.”
The well-maintained slipway within the marina and the straightforward access to the motorway and rail network makes QAB the ideal location to offer this flexible service and is the only marina in the Plymouth area to do so.
Situated at the entrance to Plymouth Sound further adds to the appeal of QAB as a base for a whole variety of water activities during the summer for those near and far.
“We have some locals who use our launch and recovery service, but it does tend to be very popular with people or clubs that would have to trail their boat some distance, which isn’t very efficient fuel wise,” continues Chris. “It’s popular with sub aqua clubs, especially those further in land, also speed boats for water skiers and fishermen.
“The beauty of QAB is that it’s an open site. Once in the water there are so many places to visit and explore – you have an infinite on water playground, just moments away from the marina.”
Direct access to Plymouth Sounds provides plenty of easy cruising ground around the bay, great for less experienced boaters as well as those who have limited time. Further west along the rugged Cornish coast, you’ll find the picturesque rivers Fal and Fowey and to the east towards Devon there’s Dartmouth, Torquay and the pretty fishing village of Brixham.
The marina itself offers sailors and motor cruisers superb facilities, making it a perfect home for your boat during the summer months and beyond. QAB houses a chandlery and provisions shop selling essential items as well as a café, bar and restaurant.
Excellent boatyard facilities are on hand for any maintenance work or boat repairs and a range of marine trades such as marine electronics, riggers and engineers are also close by.
Many famous seafaring voyages have departed from Plymouth and it’s steeped in maritime history. This tradition continues today at QAB. Many international short-handed yacht races start and finish at the marina, including the single-handed Transatlantic Race, the Round Britain & Ireland Race and the past finish of the Rolex Fastnet Race.
“2020 promises to be a great year at QAB,” adds Chris. “In June we’ll be hosting the new West Country Boat Show; a family friendly show perfect for those considering their first boat purchase, those wanting to try something new or for seasoned boaters who are in search of a great day out. There will be live demonstrations and plenty of opportunity to get out on the water and have a go too.”
Queen Anne’s Battery has a limited number of spaces available for craft up to 6.5m for its Summer Season Launch and Recovery service, starting on 1st April 2020 and concluding on 30th September 2020. For just £1,126 including VAT you could receive unlimited launches and recoveries between 08.30 and 18.30 and free parking for one car every day throughout the summer season.
Why not take the hassle and worry out of your boating adventures this year and just relax, enjoy and discover with QAB’s Launch and Recovery service? Find out more here.