Mooring at Sileby is a diverse affair, a mix of residents and weekend cruisers, restorers and optimists, activists and enthusiasts and people from all walks of life joined by the shared mantra that theres nothing finer than messing around on boats.
Perhaps the best advertisement for the boatyard is the fact that there are few people that move on which is testament to the way the yard is run.
Admittedly its a little rough around the edges but that plays a significant part in the charm of this sought after mooring spot.
Sileby Marine goes to great lengths to encourage boaters to take an active role in all matters pertaining to the Inland waterways and are instrumental in the organisation of the Leicester Riverside Festival and active members of the IWA.
Cast off and things get even better with instant access to the magnificent River Soar offering some of the best weekend cruising destinations and access to the entire network for those lucky enough to have more time on their hands.
The Hope and Anchor at Syston, Waterside and The Swan at Mountsorrel, Navigation and Riverside at Barrow on Soar, In Loughborough The Boat, The Albion and the newly restored Wharf are all within two or three hours cruising.
Great weekend destinations include the Zouch and Kegworth stretches of the Soar with Sawley and Shardlow there for the taking for those willing to push on a little.
Leicester City Centre is four or five hours away, with Foxton Lock, Market Harborough and the Welford Arm reachable in two or three days for those who choose to head south.
Whether you want to discover the entire Inland Waterways network or spend a weekend replacing yet another plank on that project you started 20 years ago, SIleby Marine has something to offer.