Salterns: History

Salterns has an interesting and  fascinating past.  Dating back to the 1700’s to when the site was active in salt-making, hence the name ‘Salterns’, its history is also linked to pottery making.  There has been a yacht club on the site since 1935 and during the war years from 1943-1948 the site was used as the Flying Boat Headquarters and was Britain’s only international airport with famous passengers including film stars, royalty and Sir Winston Churchill.  Having purchased the business in 1969, the Smith family (of Matchbox Cars) continued to improve the site and by 1974 developed the marina as you see it today.

In the heart of Poole Harbour

'The Club'

There has been a yacht club at Salterns since 1935 and in 1948 the Poole Harbour Yacht Club (PHYC) was established.  By the late 60’s the success of the club was so great it reached its peak with around 1700 members.  A Royal Warrant allowed the Club to fly the defaced Ensign incorporating its own logo.  The Club continued to prosper with an active sailing, cruise and events programme but sadly lost its attraction by the mid 90’s.  However, 2014 sees a fresh, new and modern return of ‘The Club’ allowing annual berth holder benefits and privileges on and off the water, including the option of giving ‘the right to fly the Blue Ensign’.

In the heart of Poole Harbour

About Salterns Marina

Salterns Marina Ltd is a British multifaceted company predominantly for the marine sector, supplying engineering services, boat and engine sales, parts and accessories, repairs and services globally both to the leisure and commercial sectors.  In addition to an award winning 275 berth marina with full marina facilities in the stunning location of Poole Harbour, it is the host and organiser of the annual Sandbanks Boat Show.

This industry leading business includes Salterns Marina, Salterns Brokerage, Salterns Boatyard, Offshore Performance and Golden Arrow Marine, with four branches along the South Coast in Southampton, Portsmouth, Chichester and Poole. Salterns Marina Ltd employs in excess of over 100 members of staff and is a top 6 industry sector company.

In the heart of Poole Harbour

Salterns Marina Limited

40 Salterns Way




BH14 8JR


T. +44 (0)1202 709971

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