This is a working boatyard marina at the top end of the River Hamble which was first established in 1922 as part of a marina property based company before becoming the Deacons Boat Yard. Over the Southampton Boat Show period, Deacons shadows the event by hosting its very own 'Used Boat Show' which has become one of the largest premier second hand boatshows in the UK.
The marina has about 130 pontoon berths, but not all the berths are fully serviced or have walk ashore facilities - some of the mid river pontoons are linked to the inner pontoons by a rope ferry. Almost every conceivable marine support service is available on site from riggers to engine servicing and from boat maintenance and repairs to used boat sales, etc. For wooden boat repairs, one couldn't located at a better spot since next door to Deacons is the Elephant Boat Yard famed not only for its reputation as a fine boat yard but also for its location during the BBC series of 'Howard's Way' back in the 80s. The marina offices shares the same building as the Force 4 Chandlery which in 2009 acquired the business from Aladdine's Cave Chandlery, and so with it five other chandleries which serve the Hamble River.
Being at the head of Hamble River, Deacons shares the same issues as its neighbouring marina at Swanwick, in that you'll have passed 5 perfectly good marinas in order to reach it, and so one may justifiably question the attraction for visiting yachtsmen, but actually its quite popular - with good reasons. One is the Jolly Sailor pub and the other is that it has the best communication links of all the marinas on the Hamble River. There's bus stop a few yards from the road entrance to the marina with regular bus services to either Southampton or Fareham. Likewise there's the Bursledon train station which is just set back from the yard with services to Portsmouth and Southampton. For provisions, the nearest and best place is the Tesco Superstore about a mile up the A27 towards Southampton - its a long uphill walk and I'd recommend using the frequent bus services which passs the marina and call into the Superstore. In addition to the Jolly Sailor, there's the Ferry Boat Restaurant berthed next door to the Elephant yard. Those amongst us with grey hair and know the area well from the old days, may recognise the Restaurant as the old Itchen Chain Ferry which once connected Woolston to Southampton and which has now been superseded by the Itchen toll bridge.
The berths at the top end of the Hamble are particularly popular for motor boats which are the only craft that can get under the Bursledon Bridge and enjoy the upper reaches of the Hamble River - totally unspoiled and where not a single property fronts onto the river bank and is one of the best kept secrets of the Solent region.