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Our boatfolk at Deacons Marina

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Richard Jesshope

Berthing Master

Richard has three passions, travel, curry and Westerly’s - and not necessarily in that order as anyone who’s met him knows. He’s a fab multi-tasker and the first to help anyone who asks, one-minute sanding a keel stub, the next showing a new customer the ropes on site. When not on the water, Richard loves to travel and his been all around the globe – including a fantastic trip afloat from Cardiff to Norway during 2018. He’s a great cook and has a sweet tooth (chocolate gratefully accepted), but he’s not shy to use the old ‘ping & ding’ at work either. With a musical ear and previous experience in IT Richard is basically a multi-talented individual who is worth his weight in gold!


Andrew Robertson

Boat Care Administrator / Berthing Master

Crikey, there can’t be many who’ve been within a mile of a 12 km glacier…?!

Andrew has spent a lifetime on the water, all around the world on a variety of vessels, holding positions from the New Zealand Navy to building the confidence of youth through sail training on the water – must have been inspirational training too, because one such youth just turned up in Deacons with his 5.5m yacht and a project to sail the UK, undertaking community beach cleans enroute! With his enormous maritime knowledge, attention to detail and calm, friendly demeanour, Andrew is perfectly placed to help our customers. Super-efficient Andrew handles the lift diary and keeps us all abreast of what boat repairs we should be working on next – so if you need to squeeze in a quick lift, he’s the man to talk to!

When not at work, Andrew can be found watching the rugby (anyone see the England/NZ game!) and…well… afloat! Heading down to spain for three weeks this summer can’t be bad…

Andrew Sailing in Svelbard

David Thomas

Assistant Boat Care Manager

With a lifetime on the water and having previously worked with Seaward and Crabber Yachts, David has an in-depth knowledge of boat design and build. Cool as a cucumber, he whittles through the workload and looks forward to discussing any projects you may have, large or small. A keen racer, David can be found aboard on The Solent throughout the summer – that’s when he’s not acting groom for his partners horses at an event!

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Yard Supervisor – aka Lifting Guru!

James is our lifting supremo and under the watchful eye of his pooch Maisie (from under her purple snug!), he just rattles through our lifting in peak season. With a career spent on the water from teaching to yacht repairs, there is literally nothing James can’t tell you about boats of all shapes and sizes. When not on the water, he likes to be on vertical outdoors - snowboarding, boldering and heading fast downhill on his bike!

James undertaking keel refit

Nick Gill

Boat Care Manager

The most commonly heard phrase to Nick is “Can you just…” Nick heads up Boat Care, not just at Deacons but across all our South Coast marinas and he is a man in demand. With his considerable ingenuity and skill there is nothing he can’t fix. When he’s not at work, he can be found enjoying a beer, tuning the engines aboard his motorboat – often with a little assistance from one of his daughters!

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Sam Binghley

Yard Operative

Our ace painter Sam is responsible for all the fantastic copper coat jobs that leave our yard – they look beautiful further to his careful attention. A creative guy and with green fingers, when not at work he can be found tending his garden and allotment, heading downhill on his mountain bike, or walking his beautiful collie dog “Flo” – who occasionally hitches a ride in the telehandler.

Sam Binghley hard at work


GRP specialist

Deanos talent speaks for itself - you can see your own reflection in the boats he’s worked on! Undertaking jobs from a cut and polish, to the complete repair of vessels which have undergone serious impact, they have been mistaken for new after his careful ministrations. He enjoys a beer, loves nothing better than a BBQ out camping and takes a keen interest in the fish locally.

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GRP Specialist

Jamie works with Deano and again, you can see where he’s been – if you want your vessel to gleam like this just give us a call. A party animal, he loves a good night out, cocktails anyone?

Jamie hard at work


Yard Operative

Friendly and helpful, Ollie can multitask, one-minute assisting with lifting, the next fitting sea cocks. When not at work he can be found watching the action with a beer at Twickenham.

Ollie & James lighting the xmas tree


Marina Manager

After many years as Assistant Manager at Haslar, Rachael now heads-up the marina team at Deacons. Rachael likes travel, mountain scenery and sailing in sunny locations.

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