We are very pleased to welcome you to our site. Our team works from Brightlingsea which is an all tide harbour. This means we can leave at any time, since we are not dependant on the tide.
Our normal departure time is 8am and we’re generally returning around 4pm, although other times can be arranged if required including night trips. We are a walk on walk off boat which means that our boat is in line with the jetty, so it’s easily accessible if you have any difficulty with the ladders. We are disabled user accessible so wheelchairs users are more than welcome.
If night fishing is your thing, then look no further, as we also have night fishing trips available upon request. When fishing with us tea and coffee are available all day free of charge also we have toilet facilities on board.
Want to cook your catch or bring some food with you? no problem as we also have a full-size cooker, so if you want to bring some food and heat it up, with our full cooking facilities that is already taken care of.
For the fisherman who hates skinning the fish we have a new toy. A fish skinning machine for all types of fish from cod, dog fish, skate and many more. Just place your fish in and it comes out skinned and ready to cook as soon as you get home.
Don't worry if you have never fished a day in your life. We are here to offer you full guidance and help, all free of charge. Life jackets are also available upon request. Your charter fishing trip is managed by experienced fishermen from Brightlingsea who know the waters and are happy to help you too.
We provide all the equipment you may need for a fantastic fishing expedition. From our state of the art up tide and bottom fishing rods, to 15lb lines which can help you catch that sea monster you dream of, we supply everything free of charge. Frozen bait like squid, mackerel, and herring are also included.
Our team have a collective experience of over 40 year in the industry not inly at Brightlingsea but also charter fishing around the Essex coast. You can rest assured that you'll be in great hands.
We would like to give you a brief overview of our services, boat & experience in running boats.
My name is Dave Cotterill & I am the skipper/owner of Kaimoana. I have been involved in the fishing industry on boats both commercial and charter for over 32 years, 28 years of these as the skipper. So we have good experience and knowledge of our waters but we are never to old to learn more. I have a 16 meter skippers licence.
Kaimoana (Which by the way means shellfish in Marie) is a 10 meter x 4 meter cougar catamaran built in 2014 by Audacious Marine in Ramsgate Kent. We have just finished refitting her specifically for the chartering. There is seating for all on board and she is fitted with electric flush toilet & a cooker (so you can bring snacks for heating if you wish) hand wash basin with fresh running water.
We aim to provide everything you need for an enjoyable day aboard. There is wheelchair/mobility scooter access (32.5"/82.5cm wide access) so all are welcome.
The boat is powered by twin 250hp NEF (Iveco) diesel engines giving a cruise speed of around 14 knots. The wheelhouse if fitted with all the electronics you would expect on a modern boat for safety & navigation. All safety equipment is C.O.P approved e.i: Lift raft, Life jackets, flares etc. We are fully insured for 10 passengers up to 60 miles from safe haven.
For fishing we have all the equipment, help & advice you could require available at no extra cost so if you're a beginner no problem. Children are welcome with a responsible adult. Alcohol is permitted on board if you wish to bring it but we insist you drink responsibly we will return to port at any time if this rule is not adhered to.
In closing we hope to see you aboard soon