Set within the furthest recesses of the estuaries’ channels and within a lock, it is completely protected from all conditions. Chichester Harbour's channels are well marked making access straightforward night or day in most conditions but the final approaches to the marina can only be made on a sufficient rise of the tide.
Keyfacts for Chichester Marina
Summary* Restrictions applyA completely protected location with safe access.
Position and approaches
Haven position50° 48.315' N, 000° 49.580' W
This is the outer end of the waiting pontoon situated in the approach channel immediately outside the marina's lock.
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Chichester Marina is a large modern 1071 berth rural marina located about 4½ miles within the entrance to Chichester Harbour. Situated on the east side of the shallow Chichester Lake, it lies behind a lock gate and final approaches will most likely require a rise to provide adequate draft for access. The marina is located within 3 miles of the cathedral city of Chichester.
The channel to Chichester Marina commences at the Chichester Marina Starboard light-beacon, Fl G 5s. From there five substantial starboard marker piles flank the south side of the approach channel. This leads into a waiting pontoon located outside the marina’s lock gate.
The waiting pontoon is situated immediately outside the lock. It has minimum depths of from 1.2 metres Mean Low Water Springs (MLWS) to 2.8 metres Mean Low Water Neaps (MLWN). However it is subject to silting and depths may vary.
Visitors should moor on the outer waiting pontoon and approach the Marina Reception for locking and berthing instructions.
Berth as directed by the lock master.
Why visit here?Chichester Marina is owned and operated by Premier Marinas Limited based in Hampshire. The company owns and manages eight coastal marinas and boatyards in England offering berth holders freedom to roam between their facilities if space is available.
By any measure Chichester Marina has it all, with a wonderful mix of city, coast and countryside immediately to hand. From a sailing perspective it has Chichester Harbour’s seventeen miles of channels with many varied locations which we cover to explore. On foot immediately around the marina are wonderful walks offering views of the harbour, Cathedral and South Downs that present the Sussex countryside at its very best.
The marina itself has an interesting sealed circular walk that provides access to a wonderful northern circular walk to the tiny village of Dell Quay. This walk passes the site of the original medieval village of Apuldram of which all that remains today are its church, the Manor and the grade 1 listed Rymans building. It also passes Saltern’s Copse adjacent to the shoreline near the marina. The copse is the largest remaining ancient woodland on the Manhood Peninsula and is of great ecological interest. The path utilises a small part of the 18km cycle route ‘Salterns Way’ that connects the centre of Chichester to the East Head. Walkers may continue along the ‘Salterns Way’, or follow the canal path to the south of the marina, to the historic cathedral city of Chichester.
From a sailing perspective Chichester Marina is an ideal place to explore the beautiful natural harbour, its picturesque countryside and the wonderful city of Chichester. Likewise it is an excellent location to come in from the harbour to attend to some repairs, or simply to allow a vessel and its owner to enjoy the full five star experience.
What facilities are available?The pontoons provide power and water. All domestic requirements up to and including WiFi can be found within the marina area. A coin operated launderette is situated behind ‘H’ block ablutions and is open 24 hours a day. Diesel and unleaded petrol are available at the fuel bay, located immediately within the entrance. The fuel dock is open 0800-2000 in the summer and 0800–1800 in the winter and vessels should contact the marina in advance of coming into the fuel bay. Gas cylinders are also available at the Marina Reception. A post box will be found close to ‘H’ block ablutions. The marina provides general waste disposal, and full recycling facilities. Arrangements can be made for the disposal of waste oil.
The marina has a fully serviced boatyard that includes two hoists – a 65 tonne hoist located on the south side of the marina and a 35 tonne hoist on the north side. There is a chandler onsite and a wide range of specialist services from rigging services to marine electronics, GRP repairs and cosmetic work and engineering. There are two restaurants, including bars and cafes overlooking the marina.
Buses operate every twenty minutes between Chichester Bus Station (South Street) located about 3 ½ miles from the marina. Chichester city provides fast trains to London Victoria station. Private aircraft may land at Goodwood Aerodrome five miles away from the marina.
Any security concerns?The Marina is manned 24 Hours. Access to the marina and its facilities are controlled by key fob. CCTV cameras are located throughout the marina, including car parks and shoreside.
With thanks to:Becky Watts of Chichester Marina, Phil Walker Deputy Harbour Master Chichester Harbour. Photography by Michael Harpur, Leimenide and Evgeniy Podkopaev.
An excellent Chichester Harbour approach and lock transit overview
A marina overview by its manager Graham Bristowe
A Premier promotional overview that includes aerial views of the marina
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