Navigation and safety
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.
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. Updated 2012.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SPEED LIMIT THROUGHOUT THE HARBOUR IS 8 KNOTS.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.