Heritage Marine Foundation
Registered Charity No 1129735
Registered Charity No 1129735
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 exciting potential major restorations, new builds or just minor repair projects.
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.
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 .
Sea-Change provides residential opportunities for young people and vulnerable adults to learn and develop in a unique environment. By living and working together aboard a traditional sailing vessel they participate in a wide range of life skills and are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their contribution and group decisions.
We offer a graduated set of programmes from entry level tasters to extended residential periods with accreditation. The charity is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training and Sail ability Foundation centre, and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Approved Activity Centre.
TS Rigging Ltd is situated in Downs Road Boat Yard and not only carries out rigging, but all manner of Yacht, Boat and Ship repair and preservation as well as specialising in the maintenance and restoration of traditional vessel. They have over the years carried out the restoration of the rig of the Cutty Sark , as well as maintenance on HMS Gannet, the rigging of Schooner Atlantic and other various Tall Ships.
Owners and operators of the Brigantine Lady of Avenel and operators of other traditional sailing vessels. Affectionately known as the Lady she is a lovely example of a 102ft Brigantine square rigged ship. With 12 guest berths and epic cruising grounds to offer, she provides an exciting platform for adventure sailing. From Scotland, Ireland, and the coasts and waters off England
Established 1987 by Stephanie Valentine and Paul Jeffries, there belief has remained true that the best way to preserve sailing barges is to keep them working. Carrying passengers rather than coal, grain or straw, has ushered in a new era for barges and has helped ensure their survival. When they were built, few would have thought they would still be sailing into the 21st century.
The Cirdan Sailing Trust specialises in enabling groups of young people, particularly those who are disadvantaged in some way, to experience the challenge and adventure of life at sea on large sailing vessels. We also run voyages suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Gold residential’s, adult and individual charters.
Downs Road Boatyard
Maldon Essex CM9 5HG