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Chichester Harbour Western Sector (1)

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Flag, Red Ensign


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Admiralty 3418, SC5600

Rules & Regulations

8 Knts Speed Limit, Anchoring Restrictions


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 Western side of Chichester harbour.

 It includes Emsworth, Langstone Village and Northney. The general facilities for visiting boats in this area consist of one drying boatyard, one harbour authority pontoon, Northney Marina with all tide access, and Emsworth Yacht Harbour with restricted access. ... read more


The approach from the sea, and entry through Chichester Harbour Mouth has already been covered. This article deals with the Emsworth Channel and it's branches. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

The visiting yachtsman or motorboater has plenty of  mooring opportunities around the Emsworth Channel. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Mill Rythe
Written by Tyro Sailor | 18th Oct 2023
A mile or so up the Emsworth Channel, on the western side is a small port hand buoy. Go round this, turn W, not too close to the E cardinal post and enter the narrow, shallow (the entrance dries) channel. Inside you will find a row of mooring buoys, probably some unoccupied, a little space to anchor and probably seclusion. So don't tell anybody.
Update March 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 22nd Mar 2022
I reviewed these notes in March 2022. Only change is to prices. Read Tyro's notes below for accessing Emsworth - it is not a "follow your nose" passage. Suggest you download this section (see "download to PDF" top right) for use off-line. The Emsworth Marina plan is in our Nav images and the visitors berth is labelled in that as such. I have uploaded a further image showing the route in around the trees
Emsworth - complicated and friendly
Written by Tyro Sailor | 24th Aug 2021
I visited Emsworth Yacht Harbour in August 2021. Once I'd slogged my way up the deep, wide channel and waited an hour for the tide (on a mooring) I found the route up to the harbour quite complicated, not quite sure which side of the many mooring trots to pass. But if there's enough water to get over the marina sill I don't think it matters a great deal. The tide gauge on the way in is useful, and those at the entrance very much so, as they show actual depth over the sill, which is what you need to know.

Inside is also complicated as the pontoons stick out all over the place. Turning left (leave A-pontoon to port) then right from the entrance brings you to two or three dedicated and labelled visitors' berths, close to the office, heads etc. They're shown in the Marina Guide chartlet as 'Tarquin Yachts'. Port side to. Far better to use these than B-pontoon, especially the odd numbers. Completely sheltered.

Staff were very friendly and helpful and the heads and showers excellent. The town centre, with a Co-op, good hardware shop, lots of pubs and a v good Bangladeshi restaurant, is ten minutes' interesting walk away. Past the boat lift, through the black gate, turn left and leave the large millpond to starboard; turn left along the High Street leaving the Lord Raglan close to port. Or pay him a visit....
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 6th Mar 2020
These notes were reviewed in March 2020. Prices have been updated and a new chart uploaded. We have also uploaded a marina plan for Emsworth.
Written by Don Thomson | 15th Mar 2018
There have been minor changes eg the chandlery at Emsworth is no longer.
There is a note below by KeefyW reference harbour dues - HE IS CORRECT.
We have received information from the Conservancy Board to the effect that ".....as a visitor, if you are paying one of the Chichester Harbour marinas an overnight visitor fee this will include our visitor harbour dues fee for up to one month. You can visit numerous marinas within this first month.
Contact Emsworth Yacht Harbour
Written by KeefyW | 1st Oct 2016
EYH no longer operate a VHF service on Channel 80 so if planning a visit, remember your mobile and make sure it's charged. 01243 377727 is the number to call, Staff here very helpful and friendly. It's set in picturesque surroundings, teeming with bird-life as is the rest of Chichester Harbour. Some good on-site facilities and services too. I am so taken with it I have just brought my boat round permanently. Highly recommended. Only downside is it's quite tidal. For a boat drawing 1 metre you'll only get over the cill about 2 hours either side of HW. Definitely worth the visit though.
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Harbour Dues for Visitors
Written by KeefyW | 1st Oct 2016
Day rates for visitors to Emsworth Yacht Harbour include harbour dues. This may well be true for other marinas too. Best to check when paying.
New cafe for Northney 2016
Written by mayflower | 16th Aug 2016
Northney now has a cafe The View open Tuesday to Sunday various hours
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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 30th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. There has been an increase in prices at Northney Marina.
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Update March 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 26th Mar 2014
These notes were updated in March 2014 and prices altered for the coming season

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