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Heritage Marine Foundation 

Registered Charity No 1129735

 
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ABOUT US

“I feel there is something almost sacred about building a boat ... It is almost like creating a living being, a boat seems to have a soul and character all her own ... It requires more thought to give a boat a good name than it does a child.” 
― John GuzzwellTrekka Round the World

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Downs Road Boat Yard plays home to Heritage Marine Foundation, situated in the historic river port of Maldon on the Blackwater Estuary. The Yard is well established in the field of traditional boat repairs and restoration. Many substantial rebuilds and refits have taken place here over the years from classic yachts to working vessels. These have included magnificent Thames Sailing Barges and sailing Smacks of the East Coast.

Downs Road's nucleus of skilled Boat Builders, Shipwrights, Engineers and Riggers along with their associated trades make sure the yard is an ideal location to base the foundation. Surrounding our apprentices with knowledge and a lifetime of experience as well as work on major restorations, new builds or just minor repair projects.

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OBJECTIVES

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TO ADVANCE MARITIME HERITAGE FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY BY:

The preservation, restoration and operation of historically significant vessels and the continuation of traditional maritime skills.

The provision of training and work experience in maritime skills to those unable to sponsor themselves through a dedicated program as well as offering that training to the public at large.

Advancing the education of the public and raising awareness of maritime heritage by maintaining and operating historic vessels, participating in public events, conducting research and offering education, information and advice.  

TO ADVANCE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT BY PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY BY: 

Researching and promoting traditional methods of fishing under sail in order to educate, encourage and promote the concept of sustainable fishing.

Researching and developing carriage of cargo under sail in order to educate, encourage and promote the concept of sustainable waterborne freight.

Carrying out research and educating the public into the sources of pollution at sea and promoting cleans seas and responsibility for local marine environments .

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Contact Us

foundation@heritage-marine.com 

 
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HERITAGE MARINE FOUNDATION

Downs Road Boatyard

Maldon Essex CM9 5HG

01621 874861

07891206076

 
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June 2019

We are working hard to get our apprenticeships up and running. There is a wealth of knowledge here and we want to share it with hard working individuals who seek to understand more about the intricacies of looking after both modern yachts and historic vessels whilst working in a busy boatyard. We have two positions filled and are seeking two more, so if you are interested in a maritime career or knows someone who is please get in touch. The email is foundation@heritage-marine.com