Welcome to the Discovery Charters Lady Essex Boat Trips

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Owned by Discovery Charters and running out of Essex Marina, Wallasea Island and Burnham-on-Crouch Town Quay as well as other locations on the rivers Crouch and Roach, we offer the following services:

Seal, Bird and Wildlife Trips

Our trips offer you the chance to get up really close to nature as we explore the remote and deserted creeks and inlets of the Crouch and Roach estuaries. This area is simply one of the best places and the least well known to view our fantastic estuary wildlife. We consistently have great views of probably the biggest selection of birds of prey anywhere in Essex! We have regular sightings of Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Merlin and even Short-eared Owls. Waders seen regularly include Avocet, Curlew, Black Tailed Godwit, Grey and Golden Plover, Lapwing, Redshank, Greenshank, Knot, Dunlin, and Oystercatcher among others. Wildfowl include: Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Mallard and Shelduck. An RSPB guide may be available on some our trips.  See our Seals and Wildlife Trips page.

Next trips:

Trip details will be posted here when next available

Yacht and Boat deliveries

Experienced qualified skippers available for deliveries of well found vessels by sea, also assisted passages and towage.

Our fleet

The Discovery is a custom built starfish 10. She was originally built as a prototype for the Royal Navy and as such was built from fire retardant fibreglass to the most exacting standards. She is an exceptionally strong and seaworthy craft. With her Ford Mermaid diesel engine she is somewhat faster than her predecessor and is capable of 10 knots. She is 33 feet 10 inches long and was built in 1981 by Bounty boats in Brundall Norfolk. Though previously certificated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as a Class V & VI passenger ship for 40 passengers plus crew, nowadays we carry a maximum of 12 passengers plus crew for greater passenger comfort and enjoyment.

The Discovery