Thursday, 28 November 2013

Thornham Marina Supports BREAKTHROUGH BREAST CANCER! Here's Why...

Each year we send out Christmas cards to all our wonderful boat owners, but this year we are doing something different.

Thornham Marina is donating to for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Here is the reason why...

Louise Boys is a determined, inspirational and beautiful young lady, a wife, mother of 3 and a very dear friend of Thornham Marina. Things could have been a lot different for Louise. Louise is taking part in the Brooks HellRunner in January 2014.

This is Louise's story:

"The charity I have chosen to get muddy for is BREAKTHROUGH BREAST CANCER and this is why...

Last year I was diagnosed with DCIS, which is an early form of breast cancer. I had to have a mastectomy and fortunately didn't need to receive any further treatment. This year my Mum was also diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have a mastectomy. She is ok but will need on-going treatment for the next five years.

I was sent an email by a friend asking if anyone wanted to do Brooks HellRunner, she had recently signed up. The Brooks HellRunner takes place at Longmoor Military Training Camp, nr Borden, and is (to quote the website) "trail running at its toughest and most enjoyable. It is 10 -12 miles of challenging off-road running... tough, twisting trails... including the famed Hills of Hell and the Bog of Doom!"

I was tempted but knew I wouldn't go through with it without some sort of incentive. So I entered and I am doing it for charity. I figured if I took everyone's money then I would have to do it, no chickening out!!

Did you know that around 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK? That's one person every 10 minutes. With your help I am trying to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, so that people like myself, my Mum and the thousands of other people touched by breast cancer can hopefully one day say 'We Beat Cancer'.

Thank you for your support." 

If you would like to support Louise in her tough challenge, you can visit her just giving page, to donate. Thank you.

The Thornham Team

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Please join us for Mulled Wine & Mince Pies...

Our annual homemade mulled wine and mince pies get together will be on Saturday 14th December in the Marina Office from 2 - 4.30pm.

Each year we bake the mince pies from scratch to compete in the great Thornham bake off. Last year's winner, who won by a unanimous decision was Cliff! He came up with the very clever idea of placing a Rolo in the center of his mince pies leaving a caramel surprise for everyone! We have been researching new ideas for this year and can't wait for you all to try our delicious creations.

We would love to see you all there and celebrate the festive spirit with a glass of warm mulled wine and a delicious homemade mince pie. 

Please RSVP to Courtney by calling 01243 375 335 or email so we can bake enough mince pies for everyone!

We look forward to seeing you all there. 

Kind Regards,

The Thornham Team

t: +44 (0) 1243 375 335

Friday, 15 November 2013

Latest Newsletter From Thornham Marina

We wanted to let you know all of the great things that are going on here at Thornham Marina

Check out our full newsletter by clicking on the summary below.

The Thornham Team
+44 (0) 1243 375 335



Each year we hold a free prize draw where the lucky winner will receive their entire winter package free of charge! All the names are printed off and 1 lucky winner gets pulled from the hat (or plastic cup!). Rob has been a loyal customer of the marina for 5 years now and was delighted with Jeanette’s phone call. 

Robs says:

“Hello Jeanette and Crew,

Firstly many thanks for getting Drowsy out of the weather and into the basin at short notice - much appreciated by both of us!

Secondly, I was delighted to hear I'd won the draw for free storage this winter.

You and the team provide a first rate service and I always know that Drowsy will get a thorough look over after a gale to make sure everything is as it should be. Irrespective of the draw, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend other boat owners to come to Thornham if they want the stress taken out of over-wintering. It’s also excellent value (especially this year) and a great place to be!

With kind regards

Rob Scovell – Yacht Drowsy”

You could be in with a chance of winning next year, all you have to do is call Courtney or Jeanette on 01243 375 335 and book your space for winter 2014 by paying your £100 deposit.

You have to be in it to win it!

The Thornham Team
01243 375 335

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Winter Lift Out Check List

With the British winters becoming colder and harsher, more precautions are needed to ensure your pride and joy stays safe during the winter months. Navigators & General recently published an article stating that January is the worst month of the year for boat insurance claims, 40% higher than the average month. Simon Tonks, Navigators & General Business Manager said: “The combination of freezing tempertatures, driving rain, and high winds makes this a particularly vulnerable time of the year for boats. Over just a few months, ropes can wear, fenders burst, bilge pump batteries run down, sails become unfurled, cockpit drains block with leaves and lines work loose. While boat insurance is there for if the worst happens, most policies will not cover damage caused to vessels which have not properly been maintained.” 

With so much to think about, we’ve put together this handy check list to help you and your boat this winter. 

1. Prior to the boats arrival, ensure that the marina/yard team are aware of your type of vessel and keel configuration. If you have a picture of her out of the water it can be a great help. 

2. If you are planning to have any specialist/messy work done during the winter, ensure the staff know well in advance so they can position you in a suitable area. 

3. Prepare fenders and warps on both sides whilst safe in the water. Lift out season is a busy time and things can change constantly. 
Cross Bracing Wooden Shores
Provides Extra Security

4. Do not tie covers or tarpaulins to wooden shores or cross bracing! 

5. Remove all expensive equipment, outboard and tender and store in a safe place. 

6. One of the most important things you can remove are the SAILS! Ideally, they should be removed prior to lift out, however, this is not always possible. Each year many sails unfurl in the winter gales causing lots of damage to boats.

7. Remove any covers, dodgers or spray hoods that could become damaged over the winter period. You might want to think about sending them to Covercare for a good clean! 

8. Remove the log impeller and replace with a blanking plug. 

9. Check all standing rigging and screws for sign of wear or damage. If you want an expert eye, Barry the Rigger can do this for you. 

10. Check your seacocks. Look at them from the outside and check the conditon of the through-hull skin fittings. Also check the inside that they all operate correctly and easily. A handy tip: make sure each through-hull fitting has a wooden bung of the correct size tied to it so if something does go wrong you can plug the hole quickly. 

11. Check your propellers and anodes whilst she is ashore. If your anode is more than 50% gone, replace it. If they go during the season you could end up with an expensive bill next year! 

12. Drain down your water tanks – we all know what happens to water when it freezes! 

13. Get your engine winterized. Cutler Marine can do this for you. It is worth it! 

SeaSafe are your local
life jacket service provider.
14. Service The Lifejackets – An important maintanence task that many overlook! This can be done for you in the office. We send them off to SeaSafe who will check them and notify you of any defects. 

15. When leaving the boat, ensure that all batteries and gas bottles have been switched off. 

16. It is always useful to leave a spare set of keys with the office, not least of all incase you forget to bring yours when you come down. 

I hope you found this useful! If you have any useful tips or advice to help others prepare for winter, please send them to Courtney via 

The Thornham Team
01243 375 335