Tuesday, 13 December 2011

A Christmas Video From Thornham Marina

Hello Everyone, 

Here is a little Christmas Video from The Thornham Marina Elves! 

Hope You Enjoyed!

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P.S, You can ElfYourself here!

Friday, 9 December 2011

I Now Pronounce You Husband & Wife...

The Team at Thornham Marina would like to Congratulate Mr & Mrs Baker (Yacht Cinnamon) on their recent wedding!

Mr & Mrs Baker (Yacht Cinnamon)
Ron and Christine Baker, long-standing customers of Thornham Marina, were married at St Mary's, Chiddingfold on the 24th September. Recognising the formality of the occasion Ron gave up the white boiler suit, in which you may have seen him working on their Macwester CINNAMON, for slightly more appropriate dress. Not to be outdone, Christine passed up on her Gill suit too! They then had a lovely reception with over 80 friends and family in Haslemere. Shortly after the wedding we were all blessed with that lovely "Indian Summer" so they were able to snatch a totally unexpected pre-honeymoon for a few days on Cinnamon before departing for Rome!

We are pleased that they had a fantastic day and wish them all the best for married life! 

If you have a story that you would like to feature on our blog please send your story into Courtney at info@thornhammarina.com 

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Mulled Wine & Mince Pies at Thornham Marina! 15th Dec, 1pm - 4.30pm

We thought it would be a good idea to have a lovely afternoon with all our Boat Owners on Thursday 15th December from 1pm to welcome in the Christmas Holidays. 

The team will be serving Mulled Wine & Home Made Mince Pies in the office from 1pm - 4.30pm & it would be lovely if you could join us! It will be a great chance for our Boat Owners new to Thornham this year to meet all our existing Boat Owners. 

If you would like to join us please give Courtney a quick call in the office on 01243 375 335 or send a quick email to info@thornhammarina.com so we can make sure we have enough mice pies!

We look forward to seeing you all soon... 

P.S, there’s a great recipe for mince pies on the back page of our newsletter coming out shortly so why not try it at home and bring them in for everyone to sample...

Movember Is Almost Over!

No, the title is not a spelling mistake! You may have noticed many men have been keeping their top lips warm with a furry growth since the 1st of the month. These moustache's are not the result of a world wide shortage of razors but a campaign to change the face of men's health. 

Movember - formally known as November is a worldwide trend year on year to raise funds and awareness for men's health, specifically for prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. 

We think it's such a fantastic way to raise awareness, the team at The Drystack - 'Trafalgar 'Tasches' (our sister company) have joined in. If you'd like to sponsor them please click here, quick before they all disappear!

You can help change the face of Men's Health. 

www.thornhammarina.com - 01243 377 335 - info@thornhammarina.com

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

What's On in Emsworth In November

For those of you visiting Thornham Marina in November please find below a list of events that are happening in and around the Emsworth Area...


4th November - Thorney Island Bonfire & Fireworks Display
Live music Funfair & Hot food stalls. £1 entry per person  - Gates Open From 6pm

16th November - RNLI Bridge Drive
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Emsworth Community Centre at 2pm Contact: Mrs R Musker 01243 377186

17th November - Hampton Court, An Updated Presentantion
Presented by Annette Wood and Hilary Gilson. Pre Christmas wine and nibbles at this talk - an Emsworth Horticultural Society talk held in the Lumley Room of the Emsworth Community Centre at 7.30 pm  Members free – Visitors £2

26th November - Emsworth Community Singers Concert 
7:30pm (doors open at 7.00) in St James' Church, Emsworth. Program to include classical and traditional music. Tickets £5.00 each. Refreshments available. Tickets available from St. Wilfrid's Hospice Shop, Hallmark Newsagents & Members of The Choir. 

24th November - The Frozen Planet

By John Aitchison. Hampshire Wildlife Trust (Havant, Hayling and Emsworth Group). Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Trust. 7.15pm at David Bawtree Building, The  Portsmouth Grammar School,  High Street Portsmouth PO1 2LN. Parking available. This is a presentation by renowned BBC wildlife photographer and filmmaker John Aitchison, who grew up locally. Entry by ticket only, booked in advance, £8. Contact: Sarah Hayward 01489 774400 or sarahh@hwt.org.uk

26th & 27th November - Emsworth Art Group Autumn Exhibition & Sale of Paintings
10:00 am - 5:00pm. Local artists will be displaying their paintings in the Lumley Room at the Emsworth Community Centre. All paintings displayed will be for Sale. The diverse range of work on display will include water colours, vibrant acrylics, traditional oils and charming pastels. Admission Free.

If you know of any other events happening in Emsworth during November please feel free to send them to Courtney on info@thornhammarina.com

Many Thanks to Emsworth Online for their calendar.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Come on Down to Thornham Marina...

To see what we're all about! 

The team at Thornham Marina thought it would be a good idea to explain a few reasons why you should come down to visit us and what better way to do this than with a song. After hours of of poetry, rhythm checking, and of course vocal chord warming sessions a masterpiece was created!  

Hope you all enjoy!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Three Sheets to the Wind and the Slush Fund was Running Low!

For those of you who are new to sailing or for those who occasionally like to learn a little from a good read, I thought it would be interesting to learn where some of the common sayings used in everyday life originate from. Of course the sayings listed below all have a nautical origin behind them. 

Hope you enjoy your reading. 

To Know the Ropes 
There is miles of rope in the rigging of a square rigged ship. The only way to keep track of all the functions was to memorize where they were located. It took an experienced seaman to know the ropes.

Dressing Down
Thin and worn sails were often treated with oil or wax to renew their effectiveness. This was called dressing down. An officer or sailor who was reprimanded or scolded received a dressing down. 

The bottom portion of a sail is called the foot. If it is not secured, it is footloose and dances randomly in the wind.  

First Rate 
From the sixteenth century until steam powered ships took over; British naval ships were rated as to the number of heavy cannon they carried. A ship of 100 or more guns was a First Rate line-of-battle ship. Second rates carried 90 to 98 guns; Third Rates, 64 to 89 guns; Fourth Rates, 50 to 60 guns. Frigates carrying 20 to 48 guns were fifth and sixth rated. 

Pipe Down 
The Pipe Down was the last signal from the Boson's pipe each day which meant lights out and silence. 

Meaning something is filled to capacity or over loaded. If two blocks of rigging tackle were so hard together they couldn't be tightened further, it was said they were Chock-a-Block. 

The weather side of a ship is the side from which the wind is blowing. The Lee side is the side of the ship sheltered from the wind. A lee shore is a shore that is downwind of a ship. If a ship does not have enough leeway it is in danger of being driven onto the shore. 

Feeling blue 
When a ship’s captain died during a voyage, his ship would return to port flying a blue flag and bearing a blue stripe on its hull. The term “feeling blue” signifies depression or sadness today.

Three Sheets to the Wind 
A sheet is a rope line which controls the tension on the corners of a square sail. If, on a three masted ship, the sheets of the three lower course sails are loose, the sails will flap and flutter and are said to be in the wind. A ship in this condition would stagger and wander aimlessly downwind acting much like a drunken sailor. 

Slush Fund 
Slush was the slurry of fat obtained by boiling salted meat and was often sold ashore by the ships cook. The money he received was then called the slush fund. 

Under the Weather 
If a crewman is standing watch on the weather side of the bow, he will be subject to the constant beating of the sea and the ocean spray. He will be under the weather. 

Keel Over 
        To capsize.  Also a sailor’s term for death.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 
The devil seam was the curved seam in the deck planking closest to the side of the ship and next to the scupper gutters. If a sailor were hanging off the side in a boatswains chair you would be between the devil and the deep blue sea.

The Devil to Pay
To pay the deck seams meant to seal them with tar. The devil seam was the most difficult to pay because it was curved and intersected with the straight deck planking.  Paying the Devil was considered to be a most difficult and unpleasant task, sometimes used as mild punishment.

Let the Cat Out of the Bag 
Aboard ship the punishment prescribed for most serious crimes was flogging. This was administered by the Boson's Mate using a whip called a cat o' nine tails. The cat was kept in a red dyed bag. It was considered bad news indeed when the cat was let out of the bag. 

No Room to Swing a Cat
The entire ship's company was required to witness flogging at close hand. If the ship was crowded the Boatswain might not have enough room to swing his cat o' nine tails. 

Give (someone) a Wide Berth
To anchor a ship far enough away from another ship so that they did not hit each other when they swung with the wind or tide.

 Batten Down the Hatches
Prepare for trouble. The securing of property, especially the covering with protective sheeting (tarpaulin), is called 'battening down'. A batten is a strip of wood used to secure the sheeting. It has a nautical origin and 'battening down' was done on ships when bad weather was expected.

Blind Eye
In 1801, during the Battle of Copenhagen, Admiral Nelson deliberately held his telescope to his blind eye, in order not to see the flag signal from the commander to stop the bombardment. He won. Turning a blind eye means to ignore intentionally.

A nautical measure equal to six feet, used to measure the depth of water at sea. The word was also used to describe taking the measure or “to fathom” something. Today when one is trying to figure something out, they are trying to fathom it or get to the bottom of it.

If you have some common sayings that originate from nautical terms please let us know so we can add them to our list. You can email them to us at info@thornhammarina.com 

Phrases courtesy of Dauntless Privateers 

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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Winter Experience at Thornham Marina, Chichester Harbour

It is almost that time of the year again where the team at Thornham Marina are busy preparing the yard for the arrival of old and new friends & for us to look after you and your boat during the winter months. We love it when you arrive and tell us your stories of your interesting sailing season, and for those of you who took part in RTIR this year, I suspect there will be a tale or two to tell. 

If you already winter with us and you like what we do - tell your friends. If you don’t like what we do please tell us so we can make sure that your stay with us is truly memorable. 

If you have never wintered with us before, below is some information to help you decide, but please call (01243375335), pop in (Thornham Marina, Emsworth, PO10 8DD) or email (info@thornhammarina.com) to see what we are about. 

When you arrive you will be shown into our deep water pool by ‘the boys’ Cliff & Dave. We advise that on your arrival into the entry channel, fenders should be positioned port and starboard as you may be held on the outer waiting pontoon for a short period of time (you will come alongside Port Side Too). On entry in our deep water pool, you will be berthed Starboard Side Too. Our unique deep water pool has been a fantastic investment for our tidal marina as it allows you to take time to relax, offload your boat ready for her to be lifted out. 

When you are ready, you will be lifted using our state of the art fully submersible lift (sub lift) operated by Cliff and Dave - our highly skilled, knowledgeable and friendly yard team. The sub lift gives owners peace of mind that their prize possession is not going to be suspended high in the air, but a mere 2-3 feet from the bottom of the keel to the ground. The boys also carry out a visual check of your boat for any damage prior to lifting. 

You will then receive a super barnacle busting bottom wash to ensure those little critters do not join us on your winter experience. 

Once she has been cleaned, the boys will then find her a home for the winter in the yard. She will be shored, blocked or cradled to suit your requirements. There will be ample space for you to work around your boat. You won’t be packed in like a sardine! What happens after this you may think? 

At this point you may want to have your engine winterised. Our on-site tenant, Cutler Engineering will be able to do this for you. You should also think about emptying your water tanks to avoid them freezing and causing the tank to rupture (someone once men-tioned, that if you do not empty your water tanks, then top off with Vodka which will act as an antifreeze) - be careful when you launch and get thirsty though!! You should also re-move your sails and perhaps give then a clean, Covercare can sort that out for you. 

After putting your boat to bed for the winter, its time to think about the Christmas festivities and not your boat. Have no fear, this is what we are here for. From the time your boat is set down to her re-launch, checks are carried out constantly by the boys to make sure there has been no movement during those windy periods. 

Once your winter maintenance is complete and prior to your re-launch, there is just one task left, Antifouling! What paint to use? When to apply? It doesn't even bear thinking about. For those enthusiasts, you can get stuck right in and do it yourself, for those who don’t have time you may want to think about our great seasonal antifoul offers. Don’t worry about the patches left by the shores/ cradle, just before the boys are due to launch her, they touch up those areas so you can show a nice clean bottom when you are out on the water. 

Launching dates can sometimes be nerve racking, especially if you have had major works completed during the winter. A couple of tips for going back in the water. Prior to re-launch, check your log is in securely - this is the main cause of problems on re-launch. We always recommend that you launch into our deep water pool 1 or 2 days before your intended departure, this allows you time to put your sails back on, run up the engine and check there are no leaks. Once all of this is done, the only thing left for us to do is wish you Bon Voyage, a great sailing season and look forward to seeing you later in the year . 

If you want to experience a winter at Thornham Marina please call Courtney or Jeanette in the office to get your quote and find out more about our special winter storage deals for 2011/12! 

Contact us on 01243 375 335 or for those who prefer email us at info@thornhammarina.com 

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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Annual BBQ at Thornham Marina a Great Success!

The Thornham Team would like to say a big thank you to all our fantastic boat owners who helped make the day such a success. (oh and a great big thank you to mother nature for providing us with such gorgeous weather!)

Pictures from the day can be found below...
(all pictures taken by David Streten Photography - please click here to view their website. You can also view all pictures taken from the day, please email info@thornhammarina.com to obtain the password)

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Thursday, 14 July 2011

BT Broadband Fiasco at Thornham Marina, Chichester Harbour!

Dear Readers,

Our Current BT broadband connection was down due to a major fault at the exchange with BT for over 6 days. This meant that we were not able to update you with the progress on the new build, post our interesting blogs, or catch up with you via twitter and facebook. It also meant that we were unable to respond to any enquiries or bookings via email.

Please accept our sincere apologies for the business interruption caused by BT.

Once I have caught up with the back log of work I will post an account of the appalling service from BT.

You might like to know that had they carried out their 'Quality of Service Statement' as per their Code of Practice, then the situation would have been resolved a lot quicker than 6 days. When the engineer that visited today and indentified that it was a mains fault, it was rectified within 30 minutes.

This was despite the 2 engineers visiting who told us that it was a mains fault, but because of their job titles were unable to fix the problem although they were capable of doing so.

If anyone out there knows a reliable phone & broadband provider please let us know? 

Thank you,

The Thornham Team

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Thornham Marina's Annual Hog Roast!

It is almost time for our Annual Hog Roast!
It will be held on the 30th of July 2011  12pm till Late! 

Once again Jeanette (Marina Manager) will be making her special pimm's! There will also be live entertainment, a delicious hog roast, and fun for the children! Last year was a great success with glorious weather! 

Invites have been sent out, but if yours has been lost in the post please do come along! 

If you don't want to miss out on this great day please RSVP to Thornham Marina,info@thornhammarina.com
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Thursday, 23 June 2011

Murray Wins Wimbledon And You Get Free Boat Storage At Trafalgar Wharf Drystack Portsmouth!

Thornham Marina's sister site, Trafalgar Wharf have come up with this wacky idea to help RIB & Motorboat Owners save money this year! See below for further information...

Marine Entrepreneur Jonny Boys, MD of Trafalgar Wharf, is backing Andy Murray to win Wimbledon with an offer of FREE boat storage for motorboat and RIB owners.

Boys explains, “Andy Murray is on fire. He won the Queen’s Tournament and he’s got a great chance to win Wimbledon. I thought why not give boating people a bit of excitement during the tournament by offering to pay for storage if Murray wins?”
When anyone new comes in and signs up for our new indoor drystack over the next few days I’ll refund 100% of their money when Murray wins Wimbledon.”

Motor Boat owners and RIB owners who want hassle free, fast and unlimited launching might want to take a gamble on the Drystack at Trafalgar Wharf. It’s convenient for the Solent and if you think this could be Murray’s year you might want to give Jonny a call.

After all, who doesn’t fancy getting something for nothing?

For more information please call The Drystack Team on 02392 706 384 or email info@thedrystack.com

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Week 7 of the New Build, Thornham Marina Chichester Harbour!

Weather has made this past few weeks building works quite difficult for the builders, however they are starting to put the roof on the building now once all the door and window frames have been put in.

Jeanette (Marina Manager) has also been out shopping for tiles and has finally come to a decision, although you will all have to wait to see her choice!

Week 5 of the New Build, Thornham Marina, Chichester Harbour

Friday, 10 June 2011

Week 4 Of The New Build..

The outer shell of the cubicles are now forming and you can see the position of each cublicle. There is 2 good size shower rooms each with own toilet & sink. Plus 3 good size seperate toilet cucibles.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Week 2 of New Build - Thornham Marina

Week 2 of the new build and the outside of the building is slowly being formed! It will remain like this over the next few weeks as all the drains are connected. 

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

New Build Starts At Thornham Marina!

Hello All! We have finally started building work to replace the old toilet/shower block. This has been a time consuming process, but will definitely be worth it in the end! 

For those of you who cannot make it down to see the progress of the build, I (Courtney Jane) will be taking a picture diary and posting them to our blog each week to keep you updated! 

Week 1 - Enjoy

Friday, 6 May 2011

30 Days Storage + Pressure Wash Free Of Charge At Thornham Marina!

All you have to do is pay for your lift + re-launch  and receive a complimentary pressure wash and 30 days storage free of charge!

Is it really that simple? Yes!

What do we do?
We safely lift, set down, store and re-launch your boat with our State of the art Submersible lift. This lift does not suspend boats high in the air from a crane, which can cause topsides to fold. The Submersible lift goes in to the water and straps under the boat. When the boat is lifted or launched, it is only 1-2 feet from the bottom of the keel to the ground. We also use special pad blocks where needed to ensure no damage to the rubbing strake or toe rail. We do not require masts to be un-stepped.

Packages to Suit the Customers Needs
We have flexible lift out and re-launch dates.  We do not tie you in to a six month package like most marinas, we allow you to choose the best package to fit your needs.  We work around your requirements

Secure Storage Gives You Peace Of Mind
Our boat owners appreciate we cradle all fin keel boats, and use shores and cross battening on all our boats as extra protection for those windy periods.  You should be aware that patches on the undersides where the boat has been cradled or blocked are antifouled by the staff before re-launch

The marina is secured by a substantial security barrier and customers are given a key fob for access during their stay – (a refundable deposit of £10 is required to ensure boat owners take care of these!)

A Marine Community that is on hand for your Spares/Repairs/Care
You will have priority access to a list of recommended and experienced marine contractors. These have all been scrupulously checked by us to ensure they have the required public liability insurance

You can also take advantage of our antifouling service if you want to. A lot of our customers do this but some of our boat owners do their own and there’s plenty of room at Thornham Marina for you to carry out your essential work.  We do not pack you in like sardines.

Call 01243 375 335 now to receive you quote and discover Chichester Harbours' Best Kept Secret! 

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Thornham Marina's Hot Spots For Launching Boats

Looking for an ideal spot to launch your trailer sailer over the summer? Check out www.boatlaunch.co.uk they have a fantastic map of all the places you can use with lots of information about the sites such as a description of the slipway, tidal access, and many more. 

They also have some very useful tips on how to launch and re-cover from your trailer. 

P.S, Don’t forget to check the tides before you launch, check out the conservancy’s website for Chichester Tide Times.  

Emsworth Cruising Association Would Like You To Join Them...

If you are looking to make new friends and cruise within Chichester Harbour in a friendly, family orientated club then you need to join Emsworth Cruising Association. 

Why not join them on May 28th - 30th for their Spring Bank Holiday Cruise - Gins Farm / RVYC / East Cowes.

For more details about the Emsworth Cruising Association visit their website www.emsworthcruisingassociation.co.uk or for further information contact Membership Secretary - Derek Ellinor.

Pop into Thornham Marina to pick up their full programme and more information.    

Friday, 8 April 2011

New Pontoon's for Thornham Marina in Chichester Harbour!

At long last! After a 2 year battle Thornham Marina has finally had their planning approved to replace all our pontoon berths. The present pontoons were installed in 1990 and the layout was acceptable at that time.  The proposed layout is designed to comply with today’s standards as advised by The Yacht Harbour Association and the British Marine Federation.

The new layout recognises the need for a greater proportion of larger boats to be catered for.  The proposed pontoons are similar in design to the existing, consisting of floats supporting walkways and finger pontoons finished with durable hardwood decking.  Fewer piles are required for the new layout and from the wider view it will be difficult to observe any difference to the appearance of the site, but the appearance of Prinsted Harbour will benefit from the removal of some of the swinging moorings. 

In addition to the luxury of new pontoon’s we are also able to extend these further out meaning more tidal access for all!  The current pontoons have a tidal access of roughly 2 hours either side of high water. There will also be water and electricity supply to all berths. 

Meetings are now underway to finalize all the points and to arrange a date for the works to begin! 

It will be a busy year for all the staff at Thornham Marina, a new tenant, new toilet and shower block, and new pontoons! But don’t worry, although we are improving the facilities offered to you, we are making sure that all these improvements are in keeping with the marina and the traditional feel of the boat yard, along with our friendly atmosphere that will always remain. Jeanette has said “I am very excited about both projects as I know how much it will mean to our loyal boat owners and would like to thank them all for their support over the years” 

So, if you are looking for a mooring in Chichester Harbour or a winter hideaway, look no further than Thornham Marina! We can provide you with everything you will need during your stay. 

Visit us today in Prinsted, Emsworth where you can uncover the jewel in Chichester Harbour. 

To obtain your quote from Thornham Marina call 01243 375 335 or email


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Saturday, 26 March 2011

And The Winner Is.. Thornham Marina!

The team at Thornham Marina are delighted to announce that we have been presented for the second year, the award for Highly Commended Business of the year at the Chichester Observer 2010 business awards! 

The award night was a black tie occasion, attended by many varying businesses in the Chichester area, all competing for awards titles. It was hosted by Fred Dinenage, Southern News Reader.

Jeanette went to collect the award followed by the proud staff! A fantastic night was had by all and we would like to thank all our customers for their loyal support over the years and to all those who voted. Without you it would be impossible to win such an award. 

Watch this space! Photo's of the night will be uploaded shortly...

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

We Don't Just Help Customers Save Pounds At Thornham Marina, We Are Helping Our Staff To Loose Pounds Too!

At Thornham Marina you will find a team of 5 happy staff who are willing to help you save pounds this season! But Jeanette thought it was time she helped us to loose the pounds! We are embarking on an exhilarating, jam packed; some might even say crazy fitness sessions! We are getting fit, British Military Style! 

British Military Fitness or BMF for short is the largest and longest running provider of outdoor fitness in the UK. They have a team of 500 staff based throughout the UK who are serving or former members of the armed forces and all hold fitness qualifications.

The Staff At Thornham Marina
Jeanette thought this would be a really good idea to boost team morale, and help some of loose those unwanted pounds gained after Christmas! Cliff, who is expecting a beautiful baby boy anytime now wants to be able to keep up with him as soon as he starts running around! I know I certainly (Courtney Jane) want to feel comfortable this summer although I am slightly worried at finding out how unfit I actually am! Jeanette is very keen to get this underway and get her fitness back to top condition as she is taking part in the 2011 Fastnet race! 

With Jeanette having served in the army for 21 years these PT sessions will be like a fond memory coming to life; however for the rest of the staff it may be a horrible nightmare that won’t disappear once you have woken!  I joke, I joke, (I think? I’ll let you know tomorrow!). 

These sessions will take place every Wednesday and Friday, one at Thornham and one at our sister site Trafalgar Wharf who are also embarking on this fitness adventure! 

For those of you who may be interested in getting fit the British Military style take a look at their website www.britmilfit.com to find out what classes are running in your local area! 

P.S, Keep checking the blog as we will keep you updated on our sessions and how we are getting on! 

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Thornham Marina Would Like To Welcome Their Latest Tenant, S. Hulme & Sons - Traditional Ship Wrights

Thornham Marina Would Like To Welcome Their Latest Tenant S. Hulme & Sons Traditional Shipwrights. Steve will be moving into Unit A at the beginning of May and will be doing boat repairs and offering a boat management service. Thornham Marina are excited about welcoming him into our extended family and wish him all the best. Below is a short biography about him, and his previous work experience.

S. Hulme & Sons
Traditional Shipwrights

Steve has been working as a traditional shipwright for the past 16 years.  In 1995, Steve graduated from the International Boatbuilding Training College, Lowestoft, with a distinction in Traditional Boatbuilding. 

From there, Steve joined Sealine International as a boat fitter working on the production of luxury yachts.  In 1997, Steve joined Premier Yachts, Hayling Island as a junior Boatbuilder where he expanded his experience working on 30 – 48ft bespoke steel yachts.  Steve followed this with a gap year, travelling around the world with a fellow Boatbuilder and gained  valuable skills working for Port Douglas Shipwrights, Australia. 

In 2000, Steve went back to education, where in 2003, he graduated with a Bsc Honours degree in Sports Science and Business Management from Manchester University.  He supplemented his studies working for Daniels and Thomas Cabinet Makers, producing furniture for Royal Dalton. 

Steve decided an office job was not for him! So in 2003 he returned to the world of boatbuilding on the south coast, as a self-employed Boatbuilder.  Steve has subcontract for European Yacht Services, Northney Marina, Nick Gates and Co, Thornham and Emsworth Marina and E. Dridge Boatbuilders, Hayling Island.

From the age of 14, hockey played a major part in Steve’s life (on and off the pitch!) he has been lucky enough to play hockey at international level, and up until four years ago was still playing for Havant Hockey Club 1st team in the national league.

Steve is family orientated; he is married to Sheena, has two boisterous sons, Alex (5) and Sam (2.5) and Bentley the adopted family dog.  With his family in mind, Steve has very recently set up his own company, S. Hulme & Sons Traditional Shipwrights, and is looking forward to a long and successful relationship with the loyal and future customers of Thornham Marina.

A big thank you to Jeanette, Courtney Jane, Dave and Cliff, for their help and support with this exciting new venture.

A new website and email contact to follow soon.

Have a good season from S. Hulme & Sons Traditional Shipwrights.

Steve Hulme
07764 153 692

Thornham Marina Has Been Shortlisted For Business Of The Year Award 2010!

Once again we are delighted to tell you that we have been shortlisted for the Chichester Observer and Gazette Business of the year award 2010! But this year’s different. You can now vote for Business of the Year; Reader’s Choice! All you have to do is  text ‘jpcomp5 Thornham Marina your name your house no and your post code’ to 63333. The text will look something like this, ‘jpcomp5 thornham marina joe smith 34 AB12 3CD’! If you think we are worthy of your vote then please vote for us! Voting closes on the 9th of March 2011!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Earn Up To £100 At Thornham Marina!

If you are an existing customer of Thornham Marina and love what we do, don't keep us a secret! Tell all other boat owners about us and if they join Thornham Marina's extended family we will give you up to £100 as a Thank You!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

The Boat Project Shed Opens for the Receiving of Wood at Thornham Marina

You may have already heard about Thornham Marina’s new tenant Lone Twin who are embarking on an innovative project called ‘The Boat Project’. They are building a beautiful 30ft sea-faring vessel from wooden objects of personal significance to the people and communities who have given them.

The Boat Project is part of Artists Taking the Lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The Boat Project is the winning commission for the South East region and is funded by Arts Council England.

Check out their website, www.theboatproject.com for more information on open days to donate your wood, and see how you can you be a part!

Friday, 4 February 2011

FREE Winter Storage for 2 lucky Customers at Thornham Marina in the Beautiful Chichester Harbour!

Yacht Lobo - Mr Wilson
Here are the pictures of last weeks free prize draw winners, Mr Wilson - Yacht Lobo.

Dear Jeanette,

It was a great, & welcome, surprise to win this years free winter storage in your draw. 

The refund will allow us to carry out some much needed work on LOBO, using several small business enterprises located in the yard.

We shall also drink a toast to all the staff at Thornham Marina for the service they have given us over the years.

Arriving to lay up each winter feels like coming home, looking forward to the humour & efficiency with which they carry out their work.

Having used several yards in Chichester harbour, I can honestly say that Thornham is the friendliest.

Kind Regards

Alan Wilson LOBO
Check back next week for pictures of our other lucky winners, Mr & Mrs Lucas - Yacht Moonshadow!

To be in with your chance of winning, book you winter storage at Thornham Marina now! Call Courtney on 01243 375 335.