Moorings in the Exe Estuary



 The Powderham Estate permits mooring in allocated positions on the River Exe if an Annual Mooring Licence is obtained from the Estate.  Licences are available on application to the Estate Office, and are subject to contract between the Powderham Estate and individual Boat Owners.  The main conditions and 2018 fees are as follows: -


There is a registration fee of £100.00 + VAT for new moorers.


The 2018 Mooring Licence Fee is set at £10.10 + VAT per foot of boat length, (LOA excluding bowsprits).  Licences are not transferable.  Moorings may not be sub-let or loaned to other parties.  Unoccupied moorings and moorings occupied by boats less than 19' are payable at the minimum (unoccupied) rate of 19' LOA.  If you then occupy the mooring, ask us for a Variation of Licence form to pay the difference outstanding.  Renewal notices will be sent out before the expiry of the annual licence period.  MOORERS HAVE UNTIL 31 MARCH (at the latest) TO PAY THEIR RENEWAL MOORING FEE, THEREAFTER A PENALTY FEE OF £85 WILL APPLY, WITHOUT EXCEPTIONPlease help us to keep our costs down by paying on time, no reminders are sent.

If you wish to keep your boat on the mooring after 1st November, you will need to confirm this with the Estate Office.


Mooring Licences are valid from 1 March 2018 to 28 February 2019 and there are no fee reductions for part-year mooring.  Charges are reviewed annually.


The moorings area is on the West side of the Exe, from Powderham Point to Cockwood Harbour, the bulk of the moorings being off Starcross. A number of deep water and drying positions are usually available and these can be allocated depending on boat owner’s requirements.


All mooring tackle is supplied by boat owners.  It should be regularly maintained and clearly marked with a marker that is supplied with the annual licence, and indelibly on the buoy.   It should be of suitable strength for size of boat, we suggest a 4 fathom lower riser of heavy chain (19/22"), followed by 2 fathoms of top riser (galvanised 3/8 or 1/2 ").  Further advice on mooring specification is available from the Estate Office.

Our approved mooring contractors are:-

  •                 Richard Bentley of Richard’s Mooring Service (taken over after the retirement of Philip Wills at Starcross Garage)

Mobile:      07709 587814

Email:          [email protected]

  •                 Tony Smith of AS Mooring Services

Mobile:      07717 213125

  •                 Simon Turl

Tel:              01395 272497

Mob:           07967 132852

Please CHECK IN ADVANCE with the Estate Office if you wish to use any other contractor.


It is usually possible to take over an existing mooring when it becomes available.  The Estate Office maintains a list of second hand moorings for sale by their owners which is available to new enquirers. 

If you sell your mooring, you are responsible for informing the Estate Office of the new owner and their contact details. If you do not and are not able to provide the same when required, you may be liable for costs related to the mooring.


Please use the supplied transom sticker.


No mooring licences will be issued unless we see either a copy of a vessel’s current insurance certificate or the policy details are supplied on the form.  The Estate will not accept liability for accident or loss of any kind, however caused.


Powderham Estate operate a regular mooring patrol and we are always available for advice and assistance.  Either speak to us on the water or via the Estate Office, telephone 01626 890243.


The Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club from the Brunel Tower provides very good facilities and services for moorers.  We thoroughly recommend it to new moorers in the Starcross and Powderham Pool areas.  Contact the Estate Office for details or ring (01626) 891996 or go to, alternatively email them on [email protected].

A mile north of Starcross is the home of Starcross Yacht Club (near Powderham Church) with good shore-side facilities, who occasionally have space available for new moorers with sailing craft.  Please contact the Cruiser Secretary Simon Tytherleigh, either via the clubhouse on 01626 890470 or 01392 881825 or at for more information and e-mail contacts.

POWDERHAM CASTLE is open from 25th March to 26th October 2018, Sunday to Friday. Entertaining guided tours lead you through the Castle’s impressive State Rooms and Victorian Kitchen. The extensive grounds and their natural beauty appeal to all ages, perfect for a relaxing picnic or afternoon stroll with breath-taking views across the estuary and beyond and equally intriguing for young explorers.  Get closer to the wildlife on a Deer Park Safari (running times dependent on season and subject to ground and weather conditions) and meet our friendly animals in the Walled Garden Play Area & Pets Corner.


If you have a mooring licence you are entitled to our special group admission prices:  Group Rate Day Ticket:  Adult: £10, Child: (4-16), £8, Senior: £9.

Sometimes closed for private functions, please check before making a special journey.  For more information see our leaflet or visit our events page.

To download our application form please click here or to amend contact or boat details please click here and email to [email protected]