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Chichester Harbour, Eastern Sector (3)

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign

Waypoint

None Given

Charts

Admiralty 3418, SC5600

Rules & Regulations

8 Knts Speed Limit

Hazards

Large Drying Areas

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW+0027 Dover, MHWS 4.9m, MHWN 4.0m, MLWN 1.9m, MLWS 0.9m Tide tables:   (links)

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General Description

This article deals with the far eastern side of Chichester Harbour, including Birdham Pool, Chichester Marina, and Dell Quay.

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Approach

After passing through Itchenor the shallowing channel is not as clearly marked as it was... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

The visiting yachtsman or motorboater will find that it's not possible to anchor anywhere in the  eastern area of Chichester harbour and remain afloat. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

5 comments
UPDATE SPRING 2018
Written by Don Thomson | 15th Mar 2018
Birdham no longer does fuel. Chichester has held it's visitor rates for another year
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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 18th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. Thanks "Twohoots" for the useful info on Birdham Pool. There has been little in the way of change here and the prices have been updated for the 2016 season.
Birdham Pool
Written by TwoHoots | 6th Sep 2014
Birdham Pool lock is operated on demand and except at the very busiest of times there is no need to queue. However, when approaching up the channel you cannot see whether the lock is occupied until you round the last pile. In our experience the lock keeper will notice arriving boats very quickly and open the gates as soon as he can. The longest we have had to wait for the lock (summer 2014) is 10 minutes and there are two options. The first is to wait on the north side of the channel, but the soft mud banks are steep and it is quite easy to touch. The alternative is the south side where there is a timber jetty projecting into the channel from the ancient tide mill - this is shown on the Birdham Pool chartlet at http://www.castlemarinas.co.uk/sites/default/files/birdham-pool-chartlet.pdf and you can see it on Google maps satellite view. If the wind has any south in it a line round one of the posts on the jetty is all you need, but in other wind directions you will be blown against the jetty legs so a fender plank is helpful unless you are half an hour either side of full tide in which case you can fender off the timber rail at the top of the jetty.

The diesel and petrol pumps are at the lock and accessible from inside the lock itself or from the very small channel on the north side. If you need fuel and there is no boat waiting to take your place in the lock it's a good plan to fill up on arrival because boats are discouraged from occupying the lock merely for refuelling.

Birdham Pool itself is an amazing time-warp. There are traditional boatbuilders in the yard and there are always classic wooden vessels to be seen. But the showers and toilets are very up-to-date!
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Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 7th Apr 2014
These notes were updated April 2014 and the prices changed for the 2014 season
January 2013 update
Written by dononshytalk | 10th Jan 2013
Chichester Harbour Eastern Sector was updated by Don T on 10th January 2013. Prices will go up at the two Marinas (see text), as do the harbour dues for the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Area, and Chichester Marina is improving its facilities
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