Why Blackness Marine?

Our Drystack Membership

Designed for convenience our Drystack memberships are a perfect boating solution on the Dart. Totally eliminating the fuss factor from your days on the water! The benefits include safe and secure residency of your boat in our purpose built Drystack hangar, reduced maintenance, no cleaning or checking mooring and of course professional assisted launch and recovery Easter – October so no pressure of self-launching at Dartmouth in the height of summer! See below some examples of cruising on the Dart and surrounds. Our onsite engineering department* is on hand should you encounter any running issues and we will endeavour to get you back on the water with minimal fuss and bother!

*Engineering subject to charge

Drystack Example Itinerary

Day Cruise

• Set off from the pontoon mid-morning.
• Head down river to Dartmouth for a spot of shopping in the town.
• Re-embark and head out of the river for a blast out to sea.
• Anchor at Blackpool Sands/Slapton (picnic lunch/swim/tender to shore).
• Cruise back to the Dart.
• Moor at Dittisham for refreshments at the Ferry Boat Inn/Anchorstone Café.
• Return to Blackness.
• Head home whilst we recover, pressure wash and tuck up your boat, all ready for next time.

Evening Cruise

Having pre-booked a launch, head out to Blackness Marine.

• Head up river to the Maltsters Arms for supper.
• Cruise back – meandering through the beauty of the Dart at sunset.
• Head home whilst we recover, pressure wash and tuck up your boat, all ready for next time.

About the Dart

Steeped in history, the river Dart is enchanting to say the least. With its numerous creeks and eateries, the Dart offers a wonderful venue for your boat. The local beaches of interest include Blackpool Sands where you can drop anchor, swim to shore, and enjoy the culinary delights of the Venus Cafe. There are also the secluded Valley Beach, which is only accessed by land involving a very steep climb, the beautiful long stretch of Slapton Sands, and the charming Salcombe and Torbay. When the weather prevents venturing past the castles, you can enjoy the more sheltered bounds along the river, visiting the nestled inns and cafes. There are the Anchorstone Cafe and the Ferry Boat Inn at Dittisham. At Bow Creek you can find the Maltsters Arms, and Sharpham. Across the river at Stoke Gabriel there is the River Shack. Or just simply cruise up the river to Totnes and enjoy the views this beautiful stretch has to offer.

Our story

Sympathetically nestled just up river from Dittisham opposite Stoke Gabriel is Blackness Marine, a family run company offering comprehensive boating solutions from our stunning location. As third generation farmers we needed to diversify to help make ends meet, so in 2006 we did just that – transforming the riverside area of the farm into a boat yard with track and slipway installation. Well aware of the limited launch and recovery options on the River Dart we felt it would be a good move and with support from Dart Harbour, The Duchy of Cornwall, England Rural Development Programme (through DEFRA), English Nature, The Environment Agency and The European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund, Blackness Marine was born. We are ideally situated to provide a unique facility and pride ourselves on a friendly and flexible approach. 

We welcome everyone from seafaring sailors to novice folk looking to gain confidence and develop their boating skills, as well as berth holders needing access from this part of the River Dart - To us it matters not, all will be met with a smile and receive the same excellent level of customer service which is the very essence of our business. Our experienced boat yard and admin teams are ready to advise and ensure that you are set up with a package that is just right for you, enabling you to achieve the level of boating you aspire to. At Blackness Marine we are continuously investing in our site facilities, benefiting both our customers and the Dart as a whole, whilst supporting other marine trades on and around the river through the services we provide. 

Recommended Rooms

All within 10 minutes from Blackness Marine:

The Loft, East Cornworthy – Self-catering, sleeps 2/3 people. Tel: 01803 722 280.
The Maltsters Arms, Tuckenhay
Fingals Hotel, Dittisham
Higher Gitcombe Boutique B & B, Tideford
Kingston Cottage, Dittisham 
Gitcombe Holiday Cottages, Cornworthy 
Cott Farm, Dittisham
Little Combe Farm, Dittisham
Swilly Barn, Dittisham

“The great location and highly efficient Drystack facility, combined with friendly and knowledgeable support from this family-run business, has certainly added to the enjoyment of our boating on the Dart.“

Thomas Patrick