Man forced to leave Brighton Marina finds new berth

A MAN who was told his houseboat would have to leave Brighton Marina has managed to find a new place to moor the ship.

Ian Simpson bought his boat Eclipse in December 2020 for £130,000 and had a monthly contract with the marina.

The 55-year-old was in a race against time after being told he was “expected to depart” last August when his 21-metre boat was back in the water.

Mr Simpson felt there had been a “miscommunication” with Premier Marinas, which runs Brighton Marina’s marine operations side.

The Argus: Mr Simpson said the boat has been at Brighton Marina for 20 yearsMr Simpson said the boat had been at Brighton Marina for 20 years

He was served with a trespassing notice by Shoosmiths, Premier Marinas’ solicitors, confirming he would have to leave after his one-month contract expired on July 31.

He said: “I don’t want people to know where I’ve gone, I don’t want my life to be difficult where I am now.

“We got everything working on the boat, we fixed a small leak it had. The test drives went well. It comes from an old wreck but I’m very happy with everything.

“I moved out around 4:30 on Saturday. Where I am now is less than a third of what I last paid for.

The Argus: He had to go by the end of JulyHe had to leave at the end of July

“I’m still deeply unhappy, but since my arrival I’ve breathed a sigh of relief. Sunday was just getting over the shock of moving.”

Premier Marinas allowed the boat to stay until the end of January this year and then until the end of May before the Tresspass notification for docking at West Jetty was delivered on July 1st.

Mr Simpson said he found a new marina ready to take his boat in early July.

But he doubts he’ll be able to run his wine tour boat business.

Mr Simpson added: “I don’t think the wine business would work where I am. It’s a much smaller place, it’s not actually Brighton. I think that’s out the window.

The Argus: The ship was in a race against time to get seaworthyThe ship was in a race against time to get seaworthy

“I’ll probably have to get a regular job and try to get my online business going again.

“The new place is very different. It looks nicer, but it’s also a lot quieter.”

Premier Marinas said it would “not make any public comments on what remains a private matter between us and Mr Simpson”. Man forced to leave Brighton Marina finds new berth

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