Whether you are a visiting vessel, or have a permenant berth here, Chichester Harbour provides a vast array of opportunities for making the most of your time on the water. Although the harbour is predominantly sheltered and protected from all but the worst weather, there are still hazards to be aware of and, with 25% of the wider Solent lesiure boating market residing in the harbour, you will at times be sharing the waterways with plenty of other water users. In these pages you will find plenty of information to make your time here enjoyable, interesting and above all safe.

A series of guides have been published (revised 2008) that we strongly encourage you to download and read. Hard copes are available from the Harbour Office.

Small Craft

Enjoying all that Chichester Harbour has to offer from the water is a great pleasure. However, it's important that to ensure that alongside the enjoyment you act safely and responsibly on tenders just as you would taking your main vessel to sea.

While seemingly leisurely, you shouldn't forget that tenders can be dangerous and potentially fatal. 
The number one rule for using your tender is to always wear a life jacket - always! If things don't go according to plan, a life jacket could be the difference between a lucky escape and a fatal accident.

Other things to remember that will help keep you safe are:

  • Don't overload your tender and keep the weight balanced - make two trips if necessary
  • Carry a torch with you at all times, it could help you be found in an emergency
  • Don't drink and drive. It's important to remain aware and in control whilst on the water
  • Make sure weather conditions are suitable - if you're not sure, don't risk it

So enjoy the Harbour and make the most of the stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but remember to stay safe.

The Speed Limit in Chichester Harbour



This leaflet explains why we have a speed limit within the harbour and the penalties that can be incurred for speeding or excessive wash.

If you have any particular comments or would like to arrange for a talk to your club or group please contact the Harbour Office on 01243 512301 or email

Information for Mariners

This annual publication contains tide times, navigation guidance, information about our facilities and more. As well as the online version, you can find printed copies in locations all around the harbour. Contact the Harbour Office on 01243 512301 for further information.

Tender Safety Advice

These postcard size cards are available from The Harbour Offices in Itchenor and Emsworth along with Sailing Clubs, Marinas and from our Harbour Patrol.

Rules of the Road - Navigating Safely in Chichester Harbour

A simple guide to the collision regulations that have particular significance in harbour settings.

Essential Safety: Chichester Harbour

This leaflet is aimed at the less experienced mariner and aims to steer them away from difficulties in their first years.

Sailing and Powerboating in Harmony in Chichester Harbour

Answers to questions commonly posed by powerboaters and suggestions for ways for sail boat racers to share the facilities without spoiling everyone's fun.

The Local Notices to Mariners will keep you up-to-date with information affecting navigation within the harbour.

Our Patrol Team are always on hand to provide assistance and advice.

Our Navigation page contains lots of information regarding buoyage, pilotage, the latest survey information of the Chichester Bar and tips and advice on navigating safely and with courtesy in Chichester Harbour.

Chichester Harbour has it's own set of byelaws and all mariners should read through the byelaws affecting navigation and use of Chichester Harbour.

Our Weather and Tides page will provide you with the latest local weather information, tide times and the tidal curve for the harbour.

Port Marine Safety Code

Chichester Harbour Conservancy complies with the Port Marine Safety Code and produces an annual Safety Plan which can be downloaded as a pdf here. The complete PMSC document along with risk assessments is available to view at the Harbour Office. Please call 01243 512301 or email in advance of your visit.