Thursday, 2 December 2010

A Stunning Snowy Thornham Marina, In The Beautiful Chichester Harbour

Here are some stunning pictures of Thornham Marina in the beautiful Chichester Harbour taken by Jeanette this morning.

Send in your beautiful snowy pictures to and we'll publish them too!


Friday, 26 November 2010

Special Short Term Deals and Offers at Thornham Marina Chichester Harbour

Late Indian summers seem to be a frequent forecast for Britain meaning many people are leaving their boats out on their moorings for 99% of the year. But even if you do that, you still need a month to do all the necessary repairs before the ‘proper’ sailing season starts. Costs soon start adding up when you have the lift to pay for along with the pressure wash, storage maintenance bills, antifoul and the re launch! 

We here at Thornham are trying to save you £££’s by offering you our fantastic deal whereby we will lift your boat with our state of the art fully submersible machine, pressure wash you clean, store you ashore for 30 days and launch you again. All you have to do is pay for the lift and the launch! 

Let’s see how much you can save. Based on a 9m boat this package should cost you £550.89. With our special deal all of that can cost you just £357.12. That’s a huge £193 saving! Another added extra we provide you with is a free taxi service back to your home port (within a 20 mile radius) so you don’t have to worry about cars being in 2 places. 

We want to save you even more money, book by the 22nd of December and we will hold our current rates meaning you won’t receive the VAT increase! 

To take advantage of this fantastic deal call Courtney on 01243 375 335 or email 

**We can also save you time and money if you take advantage of our antifoul service! Call 01243 375 335 or email to find out how much more you can save!**

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

How To Make Your Bottom Look Good From Thornham Marina In The Beautiful Chichester Harbour

The season for applying antifoul is fast approaching us, but with typical English weather finding a suitable weekend to apply the antifoul can prove very difficult. That's why we here at Thornham Marina have created a great deal to save you time and money.

Call Courtney now on 01243 375 335 or email to find out about our superb antifoul deals we have running at the moment. 

You wouldn't want your bottom looking like this!

Friday, 12 November 2010

Looking for undercover storage for your Power Boat, Motor Yacht or RIB that's 4-13 metres in length? Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth Harbour is just what your looking for!

Trafalgar Wharf our new sister site has great news for you. Now you can jump in your car, call them from your mobile and minutes later get in your boat. Sorted.

The Drystack at Trafalgar Wharf guarantees you UNLIMITED, convenient, hassle-free storage and launching of your boat. That’s because they stack your boat in their huge 70,000 square foot Aircraft-Hangar-Sized building, keeping your boat safe, secure and in tip-top condition.

To see The Dry Stack in operation or for more information please visit their site...

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Newsletter from Thornham Marina

To download a copy of the Thornham Marina's latest newsletter just click the link below:

Thornham Marina Newsletter January 2010

Saturday, 6 November 2010

16 Reasons To Winter At Thornham Marina, Located In The Beautiful Chichester Harbour

Today was one of our busier days of the year where we welcomed 16 boat owners back to Thornham for the winter period. The sun shone, the birds sang and there were lots of smiling faces.

The boys were rushed of their feet as customers were coming up the channel left right and centre, the VHF was hot!

Jeanette said ‘I love it when we get days like this. It’s such a pleasant feeling to see all my extended family return and everyone eager to take the lines of the next boat coming in, and then  relax with a glass of wine enjoying the last of the sun!’

If you would like to join our 247 boat owners who enter with a smile please call Courtney or Jeanette on 01243 375 335 or email us at


A Fantastic Video Of Chichester Harbour, Including Thornham Marina!

Here is a great video we found showing you just how beautiful Chichester Harbour really is, including Thornham Marina!

Chichester Harbour - Why So Special? from Compulsive Productions on Vimeo.

If you would like a berth at Thornham, located at the top of Prinsted Bay please call Courtney or Jeanette on 01243 375 335 or email at

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Topper's Visit Thornham Marina In The Beautiful Chichester Harbour

A colourful view from Thornham’s pontoon as the Toppers from West Wittering Sailing Club Juniors made their way to Prinsted house for lunch.

Here is a brief description of the cruise written by Ivan Western who joined them...

Many thanks for letting us use the pontoon for our Junior Cruise. With such a high tide it made things a lot simpler than mooring up to a Rib and furling all the sails!

The cruise was the fourth day of a week's sailing for juniors at West Wittering Sailing Club.

The idea was to give the most confident of our young sailors a taste of a real destination sail - using their skills to take them from one harbour and back - so that they could say they'd really been somewhere. A sort of Swallows and Amazons experience you could say. 

The passage to Prinsted was an ideal choice as the prevailing  westerly’s we'd been getting makes this a fairly easy sail without too much tacking, whilst avoiding the main harbour in which Federation Week racing was taking place. 

Some 14 Toppers and Picos helmed by 10-15 year olds left East Head at about midday accompanied by parents in a RIB, WWSC's committee boat, plus a couple of cruising Day Boats and for good measure a Weta trimaran. By the time we'd got to Pilsey the wind had risen to a fresh north westerly of about 15 knots and several of the lighter helms were glad of the reefs they'd put into their sails at East Head. There were also a couple of capsizes though none that required any assistance.  The leg up to TISC required a number of tacks with the lead boats being asked to circle the Star first then Stanbury to avoid the fleet getting too spread out. 

With the exception of David Swayne's Snowgoose most of the fleet chose to ignore Adrian's careful instructions about following the goal posts up the channel into Thornham. Perhaps it was lucky that it was one of the highest tides of the year! With no beach at all underneath the sea wall it was a relief to be invited to tie up our boats on the pontoon and then make our way up to Prinsted House for a well earned sandwich and ice cream which Adrian and Honor provided. Eschewing other offers of refreshments the party quickly embarked with an eye on the ebbing 
tide - Snowhill Creek only offers 2 hours of navigable water either side of high water. 

The trip back was a delight; wind behind us, tide with us and glorious sunshine sparkling on the water all the way back to East Head. For our young sailors, some of whom had never ventured beyond East Head, there was a deeper sense of satisfaction and achievement. They'd completed a challenging sail up to the top of the harbour in conditions just within the margins of their ability, proving new found skills to themselves and to their parents.  And perhaps most importantly of all discovering the sense of fun, independence and adventure that sailing offers us all.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Winter Storage 2010 at Thornham Marina

Sadly the summer is fast approaching its sunny end and it will soon be time to layup your yachts for the winter and so I thought I would let you know about our winter storage offers for this year.

If you book by 31st August you will receive early booking discounts, just give me a call in the office to discuss your requirements. 01243 375 335  We will also be providing again this year a FREE taxi ride to and from home port.  Don't forget we can arrange boat collection and delivery from your mooring.  

You will also be in for a chance to win your winter storage FOC if you pick the winner of the Velux 5 Oceans.  Just tell me who you think will win the Velux 5 Oceans and if they do you could win your winter package FOC.  

Give me a call today and I will give you a quote.  0844 556 5771.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Thornham Marina BBQ in Chichester Harbour

For those of you who were unable to make it to the annual Thornham Marina BBQ (based in Chichester Harbour), here is a little video of the day.  

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Properties / Workshop to Rent at Thornham Marina

Do you have a small business within the Marina industry? Are you looking to boost your profit and increase the exposure of your small business by setting up a base at an established Marina?

Thornham Marina has two buildings available for lease.

Unit / Workshop
Nearly new, 1500 sq ft (approx) available for lease.  Ideal for someone involved with boat repair/restoration/manufacture.


Small portacabin approx 10ft x 20ft available for lease.  It would be suitable as an office for a marine brokerage, an electrician or a small business within the Marine industry.

We are looking to enhance our thriving marina by expanding on the services to our customers, introducing a new tenant to base themselves at Thornham Marina within Chichester Harbour will mean that customers have everything they want all in one place.

If you are interested in this offer or would like further information then please contact Jeanette the Marina Manager on 01243 375335 to discuss this further.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Looking for a Chichester Marina?

Looking for a Chichester Marina?

Of course you are! It’s one of the best places in the South of England, Europe, and The World to sail...It’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and one of the few natural areas left untouched by development on the South Coast. It’s got wildlife in abundance with many species of birds and fish and it’s a beautiful and peaceful part of West Sussex.

We hope you choose Thornham Marina for your base as we guarantee you’ll be happy here. Watch our video to find out what we can offer.

In the meantime, here is some general background information about the area.
Chichester Harbour Conservancy looks after the harbour and collect the harbour dues. They are the official organisation that protects and enhances this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and were set up by an Act of Parliament in 1971.  For more information about what they do, please visit their excellent website. For an interview with the Harbour Master we recorded at Thornham Marina please click here Chichester Harbour Moorings are available at Thornham on an annual basis or just overnight. We often get visitors staying for a few days, perhaps visiting friends in the area. And we often welcome them back every year.

Sailing in Chichester Harbour is extremely popular and for good reason. There are miles of safe and sheltered channels. And a short trip to the Isle of Wight or to our sister Marina Trafalgar Wharf in Portchester is a great way to spend the day.

The historic city of Chichester is a short 10-minute taxi ride away from Thornham, with its great restaurants and mix of shops.  And there are many fine pubs to visit around Chichester Harbour. Ask us for our recommendations!

If you would like information on Chichester Harbour Tides over the next 7 days then here’s a good place to find information. But if you want some advice about Thornham Marina and tides please call us – we’re happy to help.

Friday, 4 June 2010

What should I do to prepare my boat for lift out on arrival at a boatyard?

Because lots of people ask me,

"What should I do to prepare my boat for lift out on arrival at a boatyard?

I thought I'd prepare a handy checklist for you too.

If you are planning any specialist or messy work during the winter ensure the staff know well in advance so they can position you in the right part of the yard.

Prior to arriving ensure the staff are aware of your type of vessel.

If it is a rare design, a picture of her out of the water is a great help. This means the yard staff can prepare the hoist prior to your arrival.

Prepare fenders and warps on both sides while in safe water.

Lift out is a busy time and things change constantly.

When coming alongside ensure that all fingers and feet are safely out of the way, especially children's. Boats are easier and less painful to repair.

Remove your log impeller and replace it with the blanking plug.

Furling sails need to be removed, ideally before arrival although this is not always possible. (Every year many sails unfurl during winter gales ruining the sail and risking the boat falling over. It is a very uncomfortable feeling being on a yacht ashore in the middle of a gale trying to furl a sail back in. It's bad enough at sea!)

Before leaving your boat in the capable hands of the yard staff, ensure that the gas and batteries are turned off and she is locked up. This will save you hanging around until she is safely blocked off.

If you have a spare set of keys it is always useful to leave these with the yard, not least of all in case you forget your own set when coming down to work on her.

A great advantage of lifting at our marina is that we will give you a free taxi ride up to 20 miles back to your car. Just let the office know in advance!
If you have any other questions regarding lifting out your boat please give me a call in the office.


Saturday, 15 May 2010

Moorings at Thornham Marina in the Beautiful Chichester Harbour.

Hello everyone! Spring is finally here and what a perfect time to come and explore the beautiful Chichester harbour and what is has to offer.

Thornham Marina lies at the top of Prinsted bay in the idyllic surroundings of Chichester Harbour, with its breathtaking views and 10 minute walk from the picturesque and bustling village of Emsworth, Thornham Marina is a wonderful location to moor your boat on either a pontoon berth or a swinging mooring in the channel at a very competitive price.
Why not phone us now on: 01243 375335 for a quote and see for yourself how cost effective it is to moor your boat at Thornham Marina, you wont be disappointed!

If your planning on visiting Chichester harbour soon then why not moor your boat on one of Thornham Marina's visiting berths for the day and have a drink and a hearty meal in Boaters bar and restaurant that we have on site. Or venture into Emsworth for fantastic shopping, pubs and restaurants. There are also many lovely walks to explore around Emsworth which cut across the shoreline and farmland providing attractive views of the water. Take time to stop and admire the view. There's plenty to see and do in Emsworth and the surrounding Chichester harbour, so you can see why Thornham Marina is the perfect getaway for you and your boat.

Come and see what Chichester Harbour's best kept secret could offer you and meet the friendly team.
Call Jeanette or Laura now on 01243 375335 or send us an email at and we will get back straight back to you.

Have a look at Thornham Marina's latest Spring Newsletter to see what is happening at the moment:
Click here to download our Latest Spring newsletter

We look forward to seeing you soon

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Amazing Business Opportunity At Thornham Marina Within Chichester Harbour

Do you have a small business within the Marina industry? Are you looking to boost your profit and increase the exposure of your small business by setting up a base at an established Marina?

Thornham Marina have a small Portacabin approx 10ft x 20ft available for lease which would be suitable as an office for a marine brokerage, an electrician or a small business within the Marine industry. We are looking to enhance our thriving marina by expanding on the services to our customers, introducing a new tenant to base themselves at Thornham Marina within Chichester Harbour will mean that customers have everything they want all in one place.

If you are interested in this offer or would like further information then please contact Jeanette the Marina Manager on 01243 375335 to discuss this further.

Thornham Marina- Chichester Harbour Welcomes a Rigging Specialist as a New Tenant

Here at Thornham Marina we are always looking for ways to improve on the service we provide to our boat owners so we are pleased to announce that a new tenant is coming on board with us. Barry Locke who specialises in Reefing and Rigging will be based at Thornham Marina, and will be with us by July 2010 to add to our existing repair services. Barry has a proven track record in this area and worked for 20 years for Roto Stay. He then moved to Port Solent where he worked with Leaning Masts and Rigging. Barry has more recently decided to go self employed and we are pleased that he has chosen Thornham to base himself.
You can contact Barry on his Mob: 07970772686 or 01243 376064 or email him at

If you are looking for a Stainless Steel Fabricator, welder and polisher and someone who can do Alloy welding, then look no further. Our man Rob is based only 10 minutes from Thornham marina will be able to help. If you need Rob’s services then you can contact him on his mobile 07811157310.

We have exciting things happening at Thornham this year so log on to the blog regularly to keep yourself updated.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Chichester Harbour events- May

May is a busy month of the year for Thornham Marina, have a look what else is going on in Chichester harbour this month for you to take part in.We have a list from the Conservancy below of the variety of events and walks Chichester harbour have on offer. All sorts of subjects are covered from photography (2 May), to Gardening (23 May) and Fishing (29 May).

Terror Sailing Trips

Places still left on the following sailings: 6 May 17:00 / 12 May 10:00 / 15 May 12:00 / 18 May 14:30
Come aboard the restored Victorian oyster boat Terror for a 2 hour sailing trip from Emsworth. £12.50 adults, £5 children. For dates and times and to book please call 01243 513275.

Sun 2 May Earth, Air and Water: Introduction to Abstract Digital Photography
10am / 3 hours
After an introduction indoors, we will explore the shoreline with our digital cameras. Bring your own camera (check that you have enough battery power for the session), outdoor gear and footwear for muddy conditions. Safety briefing 10am prompt.
Fee: £5 per person to include refreshments, BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01243 512301.
Meet: Harbour Education Centre, Dell Quay

Tues 2 May Solar Boat Trip: Harbour Legends
Departs: Itchenor At: 15:00 Fare: £7 / £3.50
Come onboard the Solar Heritage to hear fishy tales of days gone by. All tickets to be booked in advance on 01243 513275.

Mon 3 May Solar Boat Trip: Harbour Discovery
Departs: Itchenor At: 11:00 Fare: £7 / £3.50
Come onboard the Solar Heritage to see Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With general commentary. All tickets to be booked in advance on 01243 513275.

Sat 8 May Earth, Air and Water: Environmental Art with Shoreline Found Objects
10am / 6 hours
Introduction followed by a shoreline scavenger hunt to obtain materials to create a piece of artwork inspired by Chichester Harbour. We’ll then work in the classroom. Basic materials will be provided but you might like to bring a supporting base for your work. Bring outdoor clothes and footwear for muddy conditions. Bring a small bucket for your finds and a packed lunch.
Fee: £7 to include refreshments, BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01243 512301.
Meet: Harbour Education Centre, Dell Quay

Sun 9 May Geology of Apuldram Church
2:30pm / 2 hours
An opportunity to look closely at the surprising variety of building stones found in Apuldram Church in the company of local geology enthusiast David Bone.
Meet: Apuldram Church

Sun 9 May Solar Boat Trip: Harbour Nature
Departs: Itchenor At: 11.00 Fare: £7 / £3.50
Come onboard the Solar Heritage to hear more about the wildlife of this unique area. All tickets to be booked in advance on 01243 513275.

Wed 12 May Sandy Point Walk
10am / 2 hours
A stroll around Hayling Island’s Sandy Point Nature Reserve looking at the distinctive plants and animals of the coastal heath and sand dunes. With Hampshire County Council’s Countryside Rangers (tel. 02380 402534).
Meet: Sandy Point Nature Reserve, Hayling Island

Sat 15 May Solar Boat Trip: Harbour Discovery
Departs: Itchenor At: 15.00 Fare: £7 / £3.50
Come onboard the Solar Heritage to see Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With general commentary. All tickets to be booked in advance on 01243 513275.

Sun 16 May Earth, Air and Water: Print-making Inspired by Chichester Harbour
10am / 4 hours
An introduction to print-making inspired by Chichester Harbour with Fran Davies, artist and Conservancy teacher. All materials will be provided.
Fee £7 to include materials and refreshments, BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01243 512301
Meet: Harbour Education Centre, Dell Quay

Fri 21 May Introduction to the Wheelchair-friendly paths of Chichester Harbour
2pm / 1½ hours
A short presentation indoors in our classroom on the locations of the official and permissive paths that are suitable for wheelchairs. Followed by complimentary refreshments. The safety barrier onto the quay will be left raised for access and parking next to the classroom but please note that the surface is gravel and the quay has a shoreline location.
Meet: Harbour Education Centre, Dell Quay

Sat 22 May Langstone to Emsworth Walk
9:30am start / 2½ hours
A 5 mile (8 km) walk from Langstone along the Chichester Harbour shoreline to Emsworth, returning via the hamlet of Warblington after half an hour’s break for an optional cafe stop in the village. Please note that some of the route is along shoreline shingle.
Meet: The Ship Inn, Langstone

Sun 23 May Your Garden in Chichester Harbour AONB
10am / 2 hours
An introduction to how you can manage your garden in the Chichester Harbour countryside with respect to the natural environment and landscape. To include an overview of the protected habitats of the harbour area, and suggestions on what to plant.
Fee £3 to include refreshments, BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01243 512301
Meet: Harbour Education Centre, Dell Quay

Sun 23 May Solar Boat Trip: Harbour Discovery
Departs: Itchenor At: 11.00 Fare: £7 / £3.50
Come onboard the Solar Heritage to see Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With general commentary. All tickets to be booked in advance on 01243 513275.

Sat 29 May Introduction to Fishing
10am / 3 hours
Find out what you need and what you do, and then do some fishing from the quay. Bring any fishing gear that you have but if not we will have some rods to share round. Dress warmly. Refreshments available for a small donation or bring a picnic. For all ages. With Allan Blamire and members of Apuldram Fishing and Boating Club. Safety briefing 10am prompt.
Fee £2 per person on the day, to include bait
Meet: Harbour Education Centre, Dell Quay

Sun 30 May Solar Boat Trip and Walk - In association with National Family Week
12 noon / 1½ hour boat trip and 1 hour walk
Explore the harbour onboard the solar-powered Solar Heritage. Leave the boat at Chichester Marina and then walk 3 miles (5km) through harbour countryside back to the start. Dress warmly and bring refreshments for the boat trip.
Fee: £7 adults, ½ price for children up to 16 years £1.75 BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01243 513275
Meet: Outside the Harbour Office, Itchenor

Mon 31 May Solar Boat Trip: Harbour Discovery
Departs: Itchenor At: 15.00 Fare: £7 / £3.50
Come onboard the Solar Heritage to see Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With general commentary. All tickets to be booked in advance on 01243 513275.

Friday, 30 April 2010

Thornham Lane closed from Tuesday 4th May- Alternative Route

Thornham Lane, leading up to Thornham Marina will be undergoing a re-surface from Tuesday 4th May for a number of days. We are not sure how long these works will be going on for so in the meantime please use an alternative route: Take Prinsted Lane, which is signposted Prinsted Bay, just before Thornham Road off of the Main road. This will take you to the Marina and miss out any possible disruptions.

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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Emsworth Multihull Show at Thornham Marina- Chichester Harbour

Multihull World at Thornham Marina is hosting the Multihull boat show on the 30th April 2010 untill 3rd May.

There will be new and secondhand multihulls for sale at Multihull World in Thornham Marina. In previous years they have had up to 40 multihulls for you to view and buy. This is the 20th year of this show!

Have a look through their extensive worldwide listing of pre-owned yachts or visit their website describing the benefits and differences between the types of new catamaran and trimaran that they sell. Please see their website for more information.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Thornham Marina, Chichester Harbour- Wins Local Business Award!

The team at Thornham Marina are delighted to announce that we have been presented with the award for Highly Commended Business of the year at the Chichester Observer 2009 business awards!

The awards took place at the Avisford Park Hilton Hotel near Arundel on 26 March 2010 and was hosted by TV presenter and newsreader Fred Dinenage.

Jeanette went up to collect the award and had a chat with Fred who agreed to come and have a look round the Marina and come for a sail!

Everyone had a fantastic evening with dinner, wine and plenty of dancing to celebrate!

Congratulations to the team who were very pleased to receive the award and we would like to thank all of our customers who made it possible for us to be nominated. The award recognises sole traders and small companies whose size does not prevent them delivering excellent service and quality products.

We will put some more information and photos up of the night soon, so check back then.

Jeanette and the team

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Thornham Marina Summer BBQ 2010

Its nearly spring and here at Thornham its time to start thinking about our plans for the upcoming warmer months.

Here's an Important date for your 2010 diary:

Our 2010 summer BBQ at Thornham Marina will be held on:

Saturday 24th July 2010 from 2.00pm

We hope you will all be able to make it, its sure to be another successful day with food and drink for all the family. We will keep you updated nearer the time with the all the details, so keep checking back on our website and blog!

As all that attended our Summer BBQ last July 2009 know, a great time was had by all and we were lucky enough to have glorious sunshine throughout the day. Have a look back at the video to see what we got up to last year:

Check out some of the snaps of last years bash here: 2009 Summer BBQ Photos

We hope to see you this all again this year,


Jeanette and the team

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Customer Loyalty Survey Results- Thornham Marina

We recently sent out a ‘Thornham Client Survey’ of which we had a fantastic response. I have listed below a couple of the questions that were in the survey and the responses. We hope you find it interesting.

How do you rate our welcome upon your arrival at Thornham Marina?

Excellent/V Good - 94%
Good - 4%
Fair - 2%
Poor - 0%

How do you rate the way your boat is cradled or blocked off?

Excellent/V Good - 81%
Good - 16%
Fair - 3%
Poor - 0%

Are you happy with the information you receive when asking questions?

Excellent/V Good - 95%
Good - 5%
Fair - 0%
Poor - 0%

How would you rate the general Marina Facilities?

Excellent/V Good - 52%
Good - 31%
Fair - 16%
Poor - 1%

How would you rate the way your boat is looked after/during your stay?

Excellent/V Good - 69%
Good - 27%
Fair - 4%
Poor - 0%

How do you rate your overall experience at Thornham Marina?

Excellent/V Good - 89%
Good - 10%
Fair - 1%
Poor - 0%
If you would like to see a full copy of the survey results just drop us an email on

Everyone who filled out the survey was entered into our prize draw to win 3 Bottles of wine! The lucky winner was Neil Burns who received his wine from Jeanette after entering his survey into the competition. See Picture below:

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Berths available at Thornham Marina in Chichester Harbour- An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Would you like to moor your boat at a small friendly Marina within Chichester Harbour? Then Thornham Marina is the place for you.
Check out our website- Look at our blog, see what our boat owners have to say about us. If you like what you see and want to be a part of it, then call Laura or Jeanette on 01243 375335 or email

You can moor your boat on one of our drying pontoon berths, on one of the pontoon berths within a deep water pool or on a swinging mooring in the Prinsted Channel. For berth holders free storage of boat trailers, cradles or dinghies is provided.

We also provide winter storage packages at competitive prices to suit your needs. Phone us on 01243 375 335 to discuss one of our cost effective packages, you won’t be disappointed!

You will find everything you need all in one place at Thornham Marina.We can offer you more than just Berthing or winter storage, read on to explore what Chichester Harbour and Thornham Marina has to offer:

Chichester Harbour is internationally recognised for its wildlife. There is an area of marshy grassland at the Eastern end of the Marina which is home to a diversity of wetland birds including waders. There is a car park nearby and an observation hide. In the summer, Chichester canal embraces a array of water plants and numerous different families of Coot, Mallard and Moorhen. Salterns Copse is an 8 acre woodland opposite the shoreline of Chichester harbour just North of the main lock. The wood is now separated into sections and coppiced on a 10-year rotation. By managing it in this traditional way, it allows wildlife and wildflowers to thrive. Bluebells and birdsong are present in the spring and Butterflies later in the year.

The western side of Thorney Island homes wildlife both sides of the sea wall. The interior nearest the marina used to be tidal but was enclosed in 1870. There are waterbirds here and the reed beds are alive in the summer with noisy warblers.

Thorney Island can be explored right round the perimeter but you must remain on the path as most of the island is restricted due to a military base. A public footpath follows the coastline around the island, but this allows no access to the interior of the island. This spot is popular with walkers and ornithologists as Chichester harbour is an internationally key area for migrating birds. The island is flat and rises to little above sea level.
Unusual plants such as Golden Samphire (glossy leaves with yellow daisy flowers) develop on the sea wall. The walk west from Emsworth passes through a variety of habitats including woodland and freshwater marsh. There is an option of an inland route past Warblington Church.

You will find that walking around Chichester Harbour is always a pleasure. There are over 90km of public rights of way which go through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and various paths will take you right along the shoreline giving beautiful views of the water and harbour. Other walks will take you through unploughed farmland and through the charming harbour villages.
Below is a link to descriptions of suggested walks:
Suggested walks

There is an annual walking festival including walks in Chichester harbour: The 2010 festival will be held on the 4th- 7th May.
Click here for more details

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Thornham Marina has been shortlisted for The Chichester Observer business of the year award!

Thornham Marina are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for Business of the year award (up to 5 employees) at the Chichester Observer business awards on the 26th March 2010.

'This award recognises sole traders and small companies whose size does not prevent them delivering excellent service and quality products' - , 4th Feb 2010

We will be attending the awards ceremony on the 26th March at the Hilton Avisford park hotel in Walberton and we could be in with a chance of winning the prestigious award! TV personality Fred Dinenage will be hosting the evening and everyone here at Thornham are really looking forward to the night and meeting all the other businesses in the running. Look out for our blog letting you all know how we got on. Wish us luck!

Have a look at this link on the Chichester Observer website to see more information about the awards: Chichester Observer business awards

Friday, 26 February 2010

Thornham Marina New year Newsletter 2010

To download a copy of the Thornham Marina Newsletter for January 2010 just click the link below:

Thornham Marina Newsletter January 2010

Wi-Fi at Thornham Marina!

Wi-Fi is here at last!

We are pleased to announce that we now have a dedicated Wi-Fi system for you at Thornham. The system is now live and the new network will allow subscribers to roam over 45 other marina sites in the UK and Ireland.

Get Connected:

  • Pop into the office or send us an email to register for Wi-Fi and we will issue you with a username and password.

  • Set your Wireless LAN to 'Spectrum'

  • Open up an internet browser and a log-in page will appear

  • Select your amount of browsing time, or enter your username and password to log on

Happy Browsing!

Marine Distress Flare Warning: Acceptance of out of date flares at Police stations (TEPs)

A notice from Hampshire Constabulary Police Stations

Acceptance of Time Expired Pyrotechnics (TEPs, i.e. out of date flares) at police stations:
This notice is due to overwhelming quantities of out of date flares being handed in at Police Stations.

With Immediate effect Hampshire Constabulary stations will accept a maximum quantity of 10 flares from individual members of the public only.

MCA Marine Rescue Co-ordination centre will accept TEP's from Individual members of the public, and from small independent fishing vessels, by prior appointment, Phone 023 9255 2100. HM Coastguard is not responsible for the disposal of TEP's and accepts them at its own discretion and subject to storage availability.

Commercial Organisations must make alternative arrangements for the collection and disposal of their TEP's: see Marine Guidance Note MGN 287 (M+F) for further details of commercial disposal options.

Please refer to the MCA website for General Advice for the Disposal of Time Expired Pyrotechnics and for Marine Guidance Notice MGN287 (M+F), Disposal of Out of Date Pyrotechnics.
Hampshire Constabulary February 2010

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Would you like free Winter storage in Chichester Harbour?

‘Lucky prize draw winners at Thornham Marina, Chichester Harbour.’

Would you like your Winter storage free at Thornham Marina in Chichester Harbour?

Mark Day- Yacht 'Sapphire'
2 lucky owners who entered our last prize draw, were delighted to receive their winter storage free of charge which is a combined winning of almost £2000!
Tony Smith- Yacht 'Walkaway'

What do you have to do to receive this package worth up to £1200? Just book your winter storage at Thornham Marina and pay a £100 deposit by 31st March 2010 and your name will go into our free prize draw.

Have a look at the video below to see what our lucky winners had to say about
their late Christmas present:

If you want to be the lucky recipient of up to £1200 worth of winter storage then call: Jeanette or Laura on 01243 375335 or just drop us an email at
to secure your place ashore for this coming winter and put your name into the prize draw.

You have to be in it to win it!

Thornham Marina makes winter storage arrangements easy – Book your's before the 31st of March to be entered into our prize draw.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Winter Storage at Chichester Harbour

Do you like chatting with boat owners who you have something in common with? You might think that you are the only one with your design of boat in Chichester harbour but wouldn't it be nice to see another like-minded boat owner? If you have ever wondered how many types of boat there are in Chichester harbour and where they all hide in the winter then let me tell you a secret... 217 boat owners already know and we are willing to share it with you.

Thornham Marina, situated at the top of Chichester Harbour, caters for most types of boats. If you want to save money for winter 2010 then why not give us a call now on 01245 375335 and we can discuss your winter storage packages.

Listed below that some of the types of boats that regularly winter at Thornham Marina.

A Aluminium 280 SC,
B Bavaria 34, Bayliner 29 Motorboat.
Bayliner 39, Beneteau 21.7, Beneteau 211, Beneteau 25.7, Beneteau 25/7, Beneteau 325,Beneteau Oceanis 311, Blackwater Sloop. Botnia Targa 30.
C Carvella 22, Catalak Catamaran, Catalina 30, Challenger Horizon, Coaster 33, Cobra 850, Colvic Cobra, Compac 23, Contessa 32, Cormorant Challenger,Cornish Shrimper.
D Deb 33, Deben Cherub, Dracor 27, Dragonfly 800.
E Endurance 40, Express Pilot.
F Fairey Fisherman, Fairline Carrerra, Farrier 27 Triamaran, Feltham Yard Wooden, Finesse, Fjord 30, Folk Boat.
G Gaff Rig, Gaff Wooden Cutter, Gibsea 282, GK 26, Golden Hind 31.
H Halberg 35, Hamble Horizon 32, Hardy 18, Heavenly Twins, Hillyard, Hirondelle, Honey Bee, Hunter 26, Hunter 265, Hunter 27, Hunter Horizon 26, Hunter Medina 20, Hunter Pilot, Hunter Ranger 245, Hustler 25.
I Island Plastic, Itchen Ferry.
J Jaguar 22, Jaguar 25, Jeneau 32, Jenneau 32.
K Kelt 39, Kingfisher.
L Legend 29, Leisure 23, Lone Gull II.
M Macwester 27, Macwester Wight, Magregor 26, MFV Gaff Rig, Mirage 28, Moody 29, Moody 30, Moody 33, Moody 34, Moody 36, Morgan Giles 30 Motor Boat, Motor Cat, Motor Cruiser.
N Nab 35, Nicholson 32, North Beach 24.
O One Off Design Catamaran, One Off Wooden Boat.
P Parker 27, Parker 29, Parker 335, Pegasus Prelude, Pelican Fishing Boat, Pionier, Prelude, Prospect 500.
R Rival 31, Rival 32, Rossiter Pintail.
S Saber 27, Sadler 26, Sadler 29, Sail Craft, Seal 26, Seal Sinbad 22, Seamaster 23, Sigma 36, Snap Dragon, Snap Dragon 21, South Coast One Design, Southerly 100, Southerly 110, Spanish Targa, Sportina 760.
T Tosher 18, Trailer Sailor, Trapper 500, Trident 24.
V Varne, Vivacity.
W Warrior 35, Westerly, Westerly Centaur, Westerly Consort, Westerly Corsair, Westerly Griffin, Westerly Griffin, Westerly Ocean Ranger, Westerly Pageant, Westerly Pentland, Westerly Warick, Wooden Boat, Wooden Motor Yacht, Woods Sagilta, Woodsflicker 37.
X X Boat.

We would love you to be the 218th person that discovers Chichester Harbour's best kept secret.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Quick Turnaround, Thornham Marina, Chichester Harbour

Nine unbeatable reasons Thornham Marina, Chichester Harbour guarantees no hassle, quick turnaround Lift and Launch for your boat.

We know what you want. You want great value and you want it now. Which is why we have given you this invitation with special offers worth £195.70.

We're determined to give you this big incentive because we know you will have a great experience at Thornham Marina, Chichester Harbour.

If you want to paint, clean and repair your boat over the next few months call us today to grab your offers. And if you like what you hear when you call why not pass the good news on to another boat owner? If they book this fabulous offer mentioning the code Thornham QT we'll give you a FREE chandlery voucher worth £57 as a thank you.

If you are reading this and you have been to your boat recently only to find that someone else has grabbed the leaflet for themselves then just email Jeanette and say you have seen the article on the blog and we will give you the same deal as the leaflet. See the leaflet below.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Let Thornham Marina polish your bottom

You probably already know the annual task of antifouling takes a lot of time, money and hassle. I thought that you might be interested to know just how cost effective it would be for Thornham Marina (based in Chichester harbour) to Antifoul your boat, and therefore I have worked out a special quote for you.

Normally a 9m boat would cost £244.55 inc VAT but if you would like to book before 28 Feb 10 then I will give you a further £21.19 discount which will mean your total cost is only £223.36, this price is based on a 9m boat. Please call me 01243 375335 (Jeanette, marina manager) or email if you would like to take us up on this offer. Please confirm what colour antifouling you need when you book.

Here are some reasons that boat owners like you might use our Antifoul service?
You know the annual task of antifouling takes a lot of time and hassle. Costs soon add up too, from travelling to the marina to buying specialist Antifoul paint retailing at £65.00 for a 2.5 litre tin from the Marine Superstore. Essential equipment including brushes, rollers, tape and sanding blocks adds at least £40. Don’t forget goggles, a dust mask, gloves and plenty of old clothing to keep you well protected. Then find a free weekend!

What sort of paint do we use/why?
Two coats of Seajet Shogun will be applied to your boat, a prize winning self polishing antifouling suitable for all types of boats. The high copper content is particularly suited for boats in Chichester harbour - 5 Star award and Premium Product Choice - Yachting Monthly Antifouling Test March 06.

We guarantee a clean bottom when your boat goes back into the water!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Trafalgar Wharf - Team of the Year January 2010

Left: Louise Boys, Jonny Boys, Simon Oatley MBE, Matt Rogers (JBT Marine), Lisa Simpson, Tony Parkinson & Phil Weight with their 'Team of the Year' Award.

Our sister company Trafalgar Wharf was awarded third place for Team of the Year at this year's The News Business Awards. They recently completed their first year of trading as Trafalgar Wharf, and they are based at the old Vosper Thorney Croft site in Portchester. I was fortunate enough to be invited along to the ceremony and what a brilliant evening it was. Trafalgar Wharf pride themselves on providing a first class service to the marine industry, the fact that they were nominated, not only for Team of the Year but also for Business of the Year and Community Contribution is testament to Simon, Lisa, Tony and Phil's efforts in making Trafalgar Wharf the award winning business it is so early in its inception. I do have to mention Jonny and Louise Boys also. Jonny is the Managing Director of Trafalgar Wharf, Thornham Marina and JBT Marine our other sister company, if you want to see what they get up to you can log on to their web site. Not one for resting on his laurels he is understandably a very busy man, but never too busy for any of his teams should they need his advice. Louise has also been very involved in the operation of all 3 companies and specialises in the bigger/short term projects.

The team at Thornham congratulate the team at Trafalgar and wish them the very best for this coming year.