Chichester Marina has benefited from more than 10 years of investment by its owners Premier Marinas. The most notable area, is the new lock gate and the extensive dredging of the approach channel. Many pilot books still illustrate this channel as being dry at low tide, which is not the case, for the lock now operates 24hrs, and within limits, at all states of the tide. This investment has led the marina to gain the Yacht Harbour Association’s top award of 5 Gold Anchors. This vast yacht basin can berth some 1000 boats, amongst beautifully maintained broad sloping banks landscaped with exotic plants which can be enjoyed from the marina's perimeter footpath.
Berthing for visitors is subject to the number of resident berth holders being away at the time and its worth noting that this marina has the cheapest berthing rates of all the marinas in Chichester Harbour. Between pontoons ‘G’ and ‘H’ is the ‘Spinnaker’ restaurant bar, the chandlery and the convenience store. West of the lock gates is the Chichester YC which welcomes visitors and offers an alternative venue for eating out. For repairs and other yacht support services there’s a limited range of independent marine operators from engineering to rigging.
The local attractions surrounding the marina includes The Chichester Festival Theatre which attracts performances from some of the most famous names from Hollywood, and Glorious Goodwood for horse racing enthusiasts and the Goodwood Festival and Revival of Speed for motor racing fans. Nature lovers will enjoy the mud flats and saltings around the harbour which is an Area of Outstanding Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and to the south of the marina on the shores of the Solent are the beaches of West Wittering which consistently wins its Blue Flag status for cleanliness and safety.
The city of Chichester, an ancient Roman city which has a fine cathedral, a rich mix of restaurants and shops to suit all tastes. Buses run past past the marina road entrance to Chichester every 15 mins, or, if you’re feeling energetic you can walk to the city by following the 4 mile long tow path of the Chichester Canal which runs past the marina. During the summer there are boat trips along the canal to and from Chichester, and unfortunately you can’t use the pleasure craft as a water taxi since the seat tickets are usually sold as round trips.