Dry docking for your boat

Summer Season

March – October

Winter Season

November – February


Once lifted out of the water your boat will be pressure washed and placed on trestles or sleepers depending on the work being carried out. Trestles are used to enable access underneath the hull and sleepers if hardstanding where no hull access is required.

You can live on your boat during your dry dock and utilities are available including free WiFi (currently a little temperamental), various electrical connections, Elsan and we provide you with steel stairs for easy access of your vessel.

The Bridgewater Boats Marina is a private residential site, so please be aware that their facilities are NOT open to P&S Marine customers. Terms & Conditions apply.

P&S Marine Hardstanding offerings:

  • Narrow beam boats
  • Wide beam boats
  • Summer – 1 week only (blacking)
  • Winter – Up to 2 weeks (blacking)

Winter hardstanding carries a two week booking policy for blacking, meaning you get two weeks hardstanding instead of one, giving plenty of time for paint to dry. Additional maintenance works like a engine replacements are easier to carry out during the winter season, too.

A fob for marina access after hours, is available to borrow for the duration of your stay. £50.00 surcharge will be charged not returned in working order.


Hardstanding per night (inc VAT)

  • £ 19.50 Narrow beam P&S Band 1
  • £ 22.00 Narrow beam DIY Band 1
  • £ 25.00 Wide beam P&S Band 2 – 4
  • £ 27.50 Wide beam DIY Band 2 – 4
  • Free WiFi – fair usage applies
  • Utilities
Customers on hardstanding
Sleepers V trestles
Hardstanding yard view
“Excellent crane yard for working your hull. Cool calm casual staff on hand to answer any questions. Paint rollers available to use, DIY the bitumen or P&S can be booked to do it all for you.
Living on board was good, secure parking and great access to Watford town centre or Croxley village.
Boats are pressure washed before they go to hard stand, so no crunching around on rotting algae or shells. Cradles are a good height for working underneath and painting the baseplate.
Highly recommend. Booking was quick and hassle free with a sensible priced deposit. Would definitely use again. (Sept 2023)”

Alan J Hedgecock

Other Services


The largest lifting capacity on the UK inland waterways

Hull Blacking

Two coats of SML bitumen for the
hull of your vessel

Engine Servicing

Smooth your sailing with consistent maintenance


Cathodic protection for your canal boat


Fabrication, welding and overplating for your boat

Grit Blasting

Hull preparation prior to painting the base and sides


The most frequently asked questions about hardstanding are answered here, but if you would like to ask an additional question please click below
Can I live on my boat while I'm on hardstanding?
Yes you can. We ask that you respect the residents and other customers while on site but you are able to continue life normal as if you were still on water.
Can I bring a car or van?

Yes. We have very limited spaces and this needs to be confirmed before hand with P&S Marine. There are also free places to park nearby outside of the marina.

Can I bring a dog?
Yes of course, but you are responsible for your dog and they must be on a lead at all times. Please ensure you pick up after Fido too.
Are there showers?
No. We currently do not have showers on our site but you can use your own boat facilities and throw the grey water overboard into the yard.
Once on hardstanding can I be moved during my stay?
No. Any additional movement of your boat would incur a cranage charge. Once you are on hardstanding this is the position you will stay in, until you are back in the water.
What amenities are close by?
There is a large supermarket, small shops, restaurants, Watford Station (Metropolitan line) and Cassiobury Park within a short walk from the marina. Watford Town Centre is 2 miles away with a large shopping Mall. There are good transport and road links into and out of London from the area.