Thursday, 10 December 2009

Thornham Marina customers

Now most of our boats are ashore for winter I thought it would be nice to find out more about our boat owners, what they think of the marina and if they have anything interesting I can tell everyone about, I must admit its good fun being nosy. I chatted to Chris Morrin who owns a Rival 32, Trelise and this is what he had to say....

'I have wintered at Thornham Marina for the past two years. I used to winter at Port Solent but a friend’s recommendation brought me closer to home. During the summer months ‘Trelise’ is on a Harbour Conservancy mooring in the Emsworth Channel. It has been a great move bringing my boat to Thornham in the winter. The combination of great service and such a convenient location is perfect. What more can I ask for?

I am impressed with the state of the art equipment you use, in particular the 12 ton submersible lift (built by Sublift AB Sweden), its fascinating to watch it go into the water and come out with the keel of my boat no more than 2 feet from the ground. In the recent extreme weather I popped down to see if Trelise was ok, even though she is in a cradle and had shores around her, I was pleased to see that the guys at the yard had put even more shores around her as a further precaution. The boats are very well looked after and nothing is too much trouble for the staff. I have real peace of mind keeping my boat here’.

Chris is the Cruiser Class Captain at Emsworth Sailing Club organising rallies in the Solent and over to France. In his spare time he can also be seen at the helm of Terror a restored Oyster boat built around 1880 now used for trips around the harbour. To skipper the boat you need a Yachtmasters' certificate and a Chichester Harbour boatman’s license. To add to this already impressive list of qualifications Chris is also an RYA powerboat instructor.

It was great chatting with Chris. Next week I will be chatting with David Young owner of Yacht Why. I heard through the grapevine that he is a successful inventor and has recently patented and invented the ParaLock Navigational Plotter - log in next week to find out all about it.

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