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.

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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!
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If you have any other questions regarding lifting out your boat please give me a call in the office.

Enjoy!