Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Summer BBQ and Winter Storage – what a funny mix!

We had our annual BBQ last weekend and it was a huge success.  So many of our lovely customers and their families came along and enjoyed the hog-roast, the cold drinks, the live band and the great company.  The weather was awesome too.

Now, I’m not saying that our summer is anywhere near to being over, but, I do want to give you the heads up about a great winter storage offer that our sister company down in Chichester Harbour are offering.

If you, or a boat owning friend, are looking for boat storage in Chichester Harbour for this winter then call our sister company Thornham Marina on 01243 375 335.

They have 5 and 6 months packages available which include a lift out, pressure wash, storage ashore for 5 or 6 months, mast un-step/step (if required), cradle hire (if required) and re-launch.   They also provide a complimentary taxi to and from your home port upon arrival and departure (within a 20 mile radius).

And to give you extra value for money, they will give your boat a free summer scrub between May and August when you book your package by paying a £100 deposit.

If after 30 days you are not convinced that your boat is safer and better looked after than ever before, and that Thornham’s service is really friendly and second to none, then they will give you your money back, deliver your boat to a boatyard or marina of your choice anywhere in Chichester Harbour, and pay to get it lifted out completely free of charge and at their expense.  No ifs, no buts, no quibbles!  They can’t be fairer than that. 

So to receive all of this and secure your place for this winter call Courtney today on 01243 375 335.  These places get booked quickly so don’t miss out.

P.S. Every boat owner that books their winter storage at Thornham by the 31st September 2016 by paying a £100 deposit will be entered in to their free prize draw. The lucky winner will receive their winter storage package completely free of charge.  Last year’s winner was Phil Rowcliffe with boat ‘Elbe Lady’. 


Friday, 12 August 2016

It's all going off with a bang this evening – Don’t miss it!

One of the great things about living here in Portsmouth on the south coast is all the activity we see on the water and in the air, and last night and tonight are no exception.

You may have seen the incredible Red Arrows doing what they do best in the sky yesterday, but don’t miss the Cowes fireworks tonight.  They really are a sight to behold.  You’ll no doubt hear our ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ from here.

The fireworks start at 9.30pm so make sure you, your family and friends are on your boat in plenty of time, or viewing from a good spot to watch, and enjoy.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

We don't just store boats here - check out one of our multi-talented team mates.

Check out Phil, our super talented Lifting Technician. 

Thursday, 21 July 2016

What a lovely deep channel we have!

The dredger was here this week carrying out its annual maintenance to make sure that our channel from the marina and Drystack stays nice and clear and deep.  It was a little on the noisy side but it didn’t take them long.  It was pretty interesting to watch too. 

Did you know that they take the mud they dredge about 16 miles out to sea before opening the bottom of the barge and releasing it near to The Nab Tower.  So our channel should now stay clear and deep for another year so you can enjoy going out on your boat.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Free storage ashore for your boat between now and the end of September

Would you like a month free storage ashore to do some maintenance on your boat?  Maybe get some of those little jobs done that you’ve been meaning to do, but have never got round to.

Just pay for your lift out and re-launch and you can have 4 weeks ashore with us for free.  No strings, just a free 4 weeks.

All you need to do is call Corinne on 02392 387833 by the 15th August and she’ll book your place.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Would your life-jacket save your life?

If you're heading out on your boat make sure you, your family and friends are all wearing life jackets.  That might sound like an obvious thing to say, but RNLI research has shown that out of 98% of people carrying a life jacket only 49% wear them all the time.

I strongly believe in wearing a life jacket whilst on the water and I thought I would share some advice on why it is so important to wear one in the unpredictable conditions of the sea.  It could buy you time and save your life!

First of all you need to make sure your life jacket is readily available and accessible on board for when you get onto your boat.

If you are buying a new life jacket, make sure you check the fit. It won't be as effective if it is not snug around your shoulders as it won't keep your head afloat. Also, when buying a life jacket, you should look at the Newton rating. The Newton rating is relative to the weight of the intended user.

Another interesting fact is that one third of life jackets that the RNLI's sea safety volunteers have seen, would fail to work due to poor maintenance. That is why our sister site, Thornham Marina in Chichester Harbour, have teamed up with Seasafe to provide boat owners with a hassle free life jacket servicing service.

All you have to do is pop into the Thornham Marina office with your life jacket, complete a short form with your name, address and phone number, then Thornham Marina will send your life jacket to Seasafe where they will service it in their factory.  Seasafe will call you to give you some general information about your life jacket as well as things you may not realise need replacing or fixing. Seasafe will then return your life jacket to Thornham Marina within 14 workings days for you to collect.

I think we all agree that wearing our life jacket is a very sensible thing to do, so get yours and your families serviced soon.

Click here if you would like more information about Seasafe and the services they provide.

Call Jeanette or Courtney at Thornham Marina on 01243 375335 to get yours booked in.

Friday, 1 July 2016

How to make sure your gas bottles are stored safety on your boat.

Have you ever wondered about the best way to store your gas bottle on board your boat, or what to do if there is a gas leak? 

If so, watch this very quick video telling you about gas safety on board, how to safely store full and empty bottles, what to do if there is a gas leak, and a few other neat tips too.

You never know, one day this might come in handy.