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Chichester Marina

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Chichester Marina is located deep within Chichester Harbour, which is situated on the south coast of England. It is the second largest marina in England accommodating more than a thousand boats in a rural setting.

Chichester Marina is located deep within Chichester Harbour, which is situated on the south coast of England. It is the second largest marina in England accommodating more than a thousand boats in a rural setting.

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.



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Last modified
July 17th 2018

Summary* Restrictions apply

A completely protected location with safe access.

Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWaste disposal bins availableDiesel fuel available alongsidePetrol available alongsideGas availableShop with basic provisions availableSlipway availableLaundry facilities availableShore power available alongsideShore based toilet facilitiesShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationCashpoint or bank available in the areaInternet via a wireless access point availableTrolley or cart available for unloading and loadingMSD (marine sanitation device) pump out facilitiesShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
Marina or pontoon berthing facilitiesNavigation lights to support a night approachScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Restriction: access via a channel with a lock or enclosed by a lockRestriction: rising tide required for accessNote: could be two hours or more from the main waterwaysNote: strong tides or currents in the area that require considerationNote: harbour fees may be charged



 +44 1243 512 731      Chichester@premiermarinas.com      Ch.80 [Chichester Marina & Lock Control]
Position and approaches
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Haven position

50° 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.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in the westbound Route location or eastbound Route location sequenced 'Selsey Bill to Start Point' coastal description. Use the Itchenor Click to view haven entry for the approaches to Chichester Harbour, directions for Chichester Channel and Dell Quay Click to view haven for the run up beyond Itchenor.


Not what you need?
Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Below are the ten nearest havens to Chichester Marina for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Birdham Pool Marina - 0.1 miles WSW
  2. Dell Quay - 0.6 miles NNE
  3. Itchenor - 0.9 miles W
  4. Bosham - 1.2 miles NW
  5. Chalkdock Point - 1.2 miles W
  6. Pilsey Island - 1.9 miles W
  7. East Head - 2.1 miles WSW
  8. Thornham Marina - 2.4 miles WNW
  9. Sparkes Marina - 2.8 miles WSW
  10. Emsworth Yacht Harbour - 2.9 miles WNW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Birdham Pool Marina - 0.1 miles WSW
  2. Dell Quay - 0.6 miles NNE
  3. Itchenor - 0.9 miles W
  4. Bosham - 1.2 miles NW
  5. Chalkdock Point - 1.2 miles W
  6. Pilsey Island - 1.9 miles W
  7. East Head - 2.1 miles WSW
  8. Thornham Marina - 2.4 miles WNW
  9. Sparkes Marina - 2.8 miles WSW
  10. Emsworth Yacht Harbour - 2.9 miles WNW
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How to get in?


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 Itchenor Click to view haven entry provides approach details to Chichester Harbour and directions for the Chichester Channel to Itchenor. The direction for Dell Quay Click to view haven provide the details for the run up from Itchenor to the Chichester Marina starboard pile.


Chichester Marina does not carry specific visitor berths but whenever possible accommodates visitors in unoccupied berths. It is advisable to call the marina ahead of your arrival, +44 1243 512731 or VHF channel 80, to make them aware of your intended visit.



Convergance Point 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 approach channel is 12 metres wide and entering vessels should keep close to the starboard marks venturing no further than 6 – 8 metres out from the posts. Pass outgoing vessels port to port, pulling in closer to the marks where possible, and do not overtake unless specifically requested to do so by the duty lock keeper. The channel has minimum depths of from 0.3 metres Mean Low Water Springs (MLWS) to 1.7 metres Mean Low Water Neaps (MLWN).



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.



Haven location 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.


The Chichester Marina location is exceptionally attractive. Not only is it tucked into a designated area of outstanding natural beauty but is itself set into beautiful piece of countryside. In was created by flooding former marshes north of Birdham Pool. It was first opened in 1966 with eight pontoons, and further pontoons were added in 1968 and 1970. It can now berth 1071 boats and is the second largest marina in the country.


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.


Chichester, anciently ‘Cissan-ceaster’ the ‘fortress of Cissa’, is West Sussex’s only city and is its county town. It lies on the plain between the South Downs and the sea. The city was built on the site of the capital of Cogidubnus, the King of the Regneses and an ally of the Romans and was important in Anglo-Saxon times. Its legacy is readily tangible today in its magnificent 12th-century Norman Cathedral, its Roman villas and the Tudor Market Cross amongst many other items of national heritage. It has many of the familiar high street stores plus many independent small shops and unique boutique located off the centre square forming a cross of North South East and West streets. Alongside these are its art galleries, a planetarium and restaurants. Chichester has excellent theatres; the Festival and Minerva which provide all year round entertainment with the renowned Summer Festival and winter programme. A market is held every Wednesday and Saturday in the main car park. All this within three miles of a country walk from the berth.


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.


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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


About Chichester Marina

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.


The Chichester Marina location is exceptionally attractive. Not only is it tucked into a designated area of outstanding natural beauty but is itself set into beautiful piece of countryside. In was created by flooding former marshes north of Birdham Pool. It was first opened in 1966 with eight pontoons, and further pontoons were added in 1968 and 1970. It can now berth 1071 boats and is the second largest marina in the country.


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.


Chichester, anciently ‘Cissan-ceaster’ the ‘fortress of Cissa’, is West Sussex’s only city and is its county town. It lies on the plain between the South Downs and the sea. The city was built on the site of the capital of Cogidubnus, the King of the Regneses and an ally of the Romans and was important in Anglo-Saxon times. Its legacy is readily tangible today in its magnificent 12th-century Norman Cathedral, its Roman villas and the Tudor Market Cross amongst many other items of national heritage. It has many of the familiar high street stores plus many independent small shops and unique boutique located off the centre square forming a cross of North South East and West streets. Alongside these are its art galleries, a planetarium and restaurants. Chichester has excellent theatres; the Festival and Minerva which provide all year round entertainment with the renowned Summer Festival and winter programme. A market is held every Wednesday and Saturday in the main car park. All this within three miles of a country walk from the berth.


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.

Other options in this area


Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Alternatively here are the ten nearest havens available in picture view:
Coastal clockwise:
Dell Quay - 0.6 miles NNE
Bosham - 1.2 miles NW
Thornham Marina - 2.4 miles WNW
Pilsey Island - 1.9 miles W
Emsworth Yacht Harbour - 2.9 miles WNW
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Birdham Pool Marina - 0.1 miles WSW
Itchenor - 0.9 miles W
Chalkdock Point - 1.2 miles W
East Head - 2.1 miles WSW
Littlehampton - 6.7 miles E

Navigational pictures


These additional images feature in the 'How to get in' section of our detailed view for Chichester Marina.

























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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