BOAT TRIPS RUN ALL DAY EVERYDAY

Lady Grace Boat Trips runs the 20 minute trips 7 days a week all year round, times vary based on the time of year but you can always ring to check operating times for the day.  No need to book, just turn up at the end of the jetty and wait for the boat to return.  We have no sets times, we just leave whenever anyone would like to go and there is no minimum number required either so we can leave with as little as one person on board.  The 20 minute trip costs just £3 per person, its the same price for children, babies and OAP's, everyones the same price.  The 20 minute trip consists of a gentle relaxing trip around the Packing Shed Island where they used to pack the oysters back in the 1850's, you can still see the remains from the old oyster beds today.  We can operate at all states of tide; if you come out near low water then we are likely to see a variety of wading birds on the mudflats or if you come on high tide you will see Mersea Island from a completely different perspective motoring past a variety of different moored pleasure and working boats.  This trip is suitable for individuals, families, groups and schools. 

I also offer a variety of longer trips from sunset picnic trips, tea and cakes trips, pirate parties, wedding blessings, bird watching and a service for visiting yachtsmen.  To find out more about the longer trips please click here.

I am a photographer of all things beautiful on the water, whether it be a landscape, sunrise, sunset or wildlife - I capture it behind my lens and you can view and buy my photographs on canvas, HD metal and all occasion cards.  I published my first book, Daffodil's Journey Home, in October 2016, based on a true story of an abandoned duckling that escapes the clutches of a fox and comes to live with me until she is old and well enough to be released back to the wild.  My second book, Seabirds on the Seashore, was published in March 2017 sharing with you my passion for the wildlife I see on a daily basis out on Lady Grace, it is both educational as well as being a lovely cute story sharing the cheeky characteristics of the wading birds.  It has equal measures of happiness and sadness as you follow Sidney Spoonbill and Edith the Little Egrets' adventures. These books are available on my website through my online shop to buy, you can view these items by clicking here. They make wonderful Christmas and Birthday presents!

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About Essex Boat Trips

Hi I am Stacey Belbin

Stacey Belbin at the Helm My dad was a commercial fisherman and from the age of 2 weeks old I was brought up on the water.  Ever since I can remember I have been helping dad clean and mend nets and catch fish.  When I left school I had straight A grades and went to work for a Bank, I studied my CEMAP exams and became their mortgage advisor and assistant manager.  My life was all about my career until I met my husband, then I realised life is for living and not for working all the time. 

I met Scott when I was 18, his dad had brought him up in the angling world and mine had brought me up in the netting world.  Our first date, Scott took me angling and since that date, dad lost his crew and Scott and I decided to buy our own boat, Galloper,  to take people angling at weekends.  We both had our day jobs, Scott as a carpenter and me in the bank, but we used to spend weekends running the fishing trips. 

As the business grew I decided it was time for me to get my own toy to play with.  In March 2011 we bought Lady Grace, it took until the end of August to get her ship shape for passengers and then I ran her at weekends and continued my weekday office job.  In 2012 I then worked Lady Grace during the May and October half terms and the full 6 weeks school holidays.  After running Lady Grace for 6 weeks solid during the school holidays, in January 2013 I made the decision to give up my day job from the April and run Lady Grace 7 days a week 364 days a year. 

My first year was testing, it snowed most of April and continued to be bitterly cold during May and June, luckily July and August warmed up to be a scorcher and when September hit us the temperatures dropped again and winter was on its way. I didn’t give up my day job for the money, I gave it up for a better quality of life, but without the support of my husband I could not have afforded to give up my work to run Lady Grace.  I love working on Lady Grace, every day and every trip is a different one, I meet different people and it’s a forever changing scenery with the tide coming in or going out and the different birdlife visiting us through the year.