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 ( 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 

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