Oyster Boat Terror
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
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
for the benefit
of future generations — Oyster Boat
is run entirely
by volunteers and by the charity The Friends
of Chichester Harbour (charity number:
As the last
remaining example of a gaff-rigged,
open-decked sailing boat,
is considered one
of the most beautiful sights seen in
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
start and finish
at Emsworth Yacht Harbour, where there is
free parking and toilets. Rest in one of our
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.
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
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 Terror
Making a booking
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.
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