21 meter houseboat must leave Brighton Marina at license end

A MAN says his life has been “ruined” after being told his houseboat must be removed from Brighton Marina.

Ian Simpson moved down from Buckinghamshire after buying the 21-metre vessel which was moored in the marina’s West Quay.

The 55-year-old was accompanied by his son, who was beginning his high school graduation in the city and had plans to convert his wine business into a wine-tasting boat tour company.

Ian said he “wasn’t aware” he would have to go when he bought the Eclipse boat for £130,000 in December 2020.

The Argus: Ian Simpson is in a race to get his boat seaworthy when it has to go to seaIan Simpson is in a race to get his boat seaworthy when it has to go to sea

He told The Argus: “It destroyed my life, totally and completely destroyed every aspect of my life. I have not been able to run my business and it will be difficult to get that going again.

“My son moved away. He was in Bhasvic doing his first year of high school and I couldn’t guarantee we would be here next year so instead of not knowing where he was going to end up he moved in with his aunt.

“He’s starting his high school diploma all over again, which is disastrous for him and my relationship with him.”

Brighton Marina’s marine operations page is managed by Premier Marinas.

The Argus: The Eclipse berth is currently onThe Eclipse berth is currently on

Ian said the company offered him a one-year deal in January 2021 but he turned it down. He said he might have had to move the boat for refurbishment and a monthly contract gives more flexibility.

Then in August last year he said he had been told he was “expected to leave the marina once she (the boat) is back in the water”.

He said he was told the berth had been sold. He emailed the marina manager that he wanted to stay and feared there had been a ‘misunderstanding’ on the matter.

Ian said the marina said in October it could stay until the end of January this year and extended it to the end of May to allow the boat to be seaworthy.

The Argus: Ian bought Eclipse in December 2020 for £130,000Ian bought Eclipse in December 2020 for £130,000

On July 1, a trespassing notice from Shoosmiths, Premier Marinas’ solicitors, confirmed that Ian’s license would not be renewed and if it persisted beyond July 19, the “vessel’s presence in the marina would be trespassing”. .

The law firm has now said the boat can stay until July 29.

Ian is now paying overnight rates which are almost £128 per night compared to a monthly rate of £724.20.

Ian said he’s been a “model renter” and he can’t think of any reason why the boat has to go.

He said: “I do a bit of music on occasion but I get along with the neighbours, I get along with all the staff. I paid all my bills on time, I would say I’m almost a model tenant.

The Argus: The boat has a monthly contractThe boat has a month-to-month contract

“I don’t know where to go from here, I even reached out to Dover recently. I have to think about going southwest.

“The boat has been here for 20 years, it has never been at sea. I bought it as a houseboat with the idea of ​​making it seaworthy. It’s just gross, I can’t find a good reason why the boat has to go.

The Argus: The boat must depart by July 29thThe boat must depart by July 29th

“I’m massively depressed if you want the honest truth, I burst into tears the other day. I’m suffering, I’m not just saying this for effect, it’s ruined my life and I just don’t know what to do.”

Premier Marinas has been asked for an opinion as to why the boat is having to go and how long it plans to sell the berth.

It said it would not comment as the situation was a “private and ongoing matter”.

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