Oyster Boat Terror is a beautifully restored 125 year-old sailing boat, used exclusively for the enjoyment of paying guests, their families and friends.
A memorable trip on board Terror lasts for around two hours, visiting the most beautiful parts of Emsworth Harbour. The little inlets that wind right down to Langstone and out in the channel leading to the Solent. The activity of other boats and the serenity of the wildlife is mesmerising.
And what's more, every penny of your booking fee goes towards preserving Terror for the benefit of future generations — Oyster Boat Terror is run entirely by volunteers and by the charity The Friends of Chichester Harbour (charity number: 1051162).
As the last remaining example of a gaff-rigged, open-decked sailing boat, Terror is considered one of the most beautiful sights seen in Chichester Harbour.
Getting on board is easy. Once there, it's the feel of the warm wooden decks, the sheer majesty of the sails being set and the feeling of stepping back to a time when sailing was simple. The deep wooden seats provide comfort and protection for those on board. Terror sits low in the water and with high side-decks, everyone on board feels secure. She's quite wide in the beam too, so nice and stable.
A trip on Terror is the perfect opportunity to see close at hand the variety of wildlife, in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With only six people on board, taking time to appreciate the breath-taking beauty of the Harbour is simple.
Trips on Terror start and finish at Emsworth Yacht Harbour, where there is free parking and toilets. Rest in one of our Terror deckchairs while waiting for the crew to collect you. Nearby is the Deck Café, with splendid marina views. It is open all day for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
From the moment Terror sets sail, the fun begins.
Terror passengers are welcome to bring their own picnic (maybe even Oysters and Champagne!) to enjoy during their sail. Nearby is Thorney Island, a great place for walks and wildlife watching or take time to visit Emsworth with its array of independent shops, cafés and restaurants.
The skipper and crew are happy to take sailors and non-sailors out into the Harbour waters. Some passengers like to be involved in steering Terror, enjoying a turn on the helm and helping with hoisting the sails. Each trip is different and always enjoyable.
Booking a trip on
Making a booking
Visit www.oysterboatterror.org.uk for the trip timetable
and to book tickets.
We recommend you
allow half an hour to park, don lifejackets
and get ready to set sail. Sailing time from
departure to docking is approximately 21/4
The cost is £20 per adult and £10 for children from 6-16 years old. Up to six passengers can be accommodated on any one trip, a minimum of three passengers are needed for a trip to run. Children must be six years or over and each child must be accompanied by an adult. (Maximum three children on any one trip). If the whole boat is booked, the cost reduces to £110.
error trip vouchers are available for birthdays, anniversaries and other special days. Please see our website for details.
If a trip has to be cancelled due to weather conditions (wind speed more than Force 4 or visibility less than 100 metres), an alternative date can be arranged, so no-one loses out.
What to wear
Wearing of lifejackets is compulsory and they are provided for the trip. Please wear warm and waterproof clothing on board, even on a summer's day, and soft deck shoes or trainers. Other shoes may damage the soft wooden deck.