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Youngboats Marine Services is located at Oare Creek, a drying creek running off the Swale near Harty Ferry, some 6 miles west of Whitstable.

Directions by road or by sea

By Road Take junction 6 off the M2 and follow the A251 to Faversham
Turn left onto the A2 and follow A2 through Ospringe until you reach a roundabout
Turn right at the roundabout onto the Western Link road, and follow this road to the end
Youngboats lies opposite at the head of Oare Creek
NB Follow signs for 'Industry West'

[Plan of Main Boatyard]

By Sea

The Swale runs between the mainland and the lsle of Sheppey in the south of the River Thames Estuary.

It can be accessed (tide permitting) from its west end via the River Medway or from its east end via the River Thames Estuary.


The entrance to Faversham and Oare Creeks is marked by the Faversham Spit cardinal buoy at 51:20.7N,0:54.3E.

Thereafter there are port and starboard hand buoys as far as Hollowshore, the confluence of the two creeks. Oare Creek, to the starboard, then follows the boat moorings on the port hand until the visitor berths halfway up the creek.

Withies then mark the best navigation until the main Youngboats moorings at the head of Oare Creek.

Access to the creeks is available around +/- 1.5hr HW; there are some full tide mooring buoys just to the west of the Faversham Spit which can be used for waiting for the tide.

The relevant chart is Imray Y14: The Swale Whitstable to Sheerness