The £3.5 million facility is part of the second largest marina in the UK

The south coast boating community turned out in force last month (26 April) to celebrate the reopening of Chichester Marina boatyard.

Equipment manufacturers Garmin, Navico and Raymarine showcased their wares at the event, which attracted hundreds of boat lovers.

Premier Marinas has spent £3.5 million redeveloping the facility, and the completion of the work was marked by Chichester Harbour Conservancy Director Siún Cranny, who unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The new boatyard has a slightly larger footprint than before, including a new undercover boatshed with dedicated rigging and maintenance units.

Other units include a mix of purpose-built small scale workshops with trade counters/offices, retail facilities for boat sales, chandlery and a restaurant.

What’s more, two of the buildings have been fitted with solar panels on their roofs to help power the marina.

Pete Bradshaw, chief executive of Premier Marinas, said: “This project has taken many years to deliver and we are proud of what has been achieved.”

Upcoming events at Chichester marina this summer include Chichester Yacht Club taster sessions for new boaters as part of the RYA’s ‘Push the Boat Out’ weekend on 17 May, and a cruise to nearby East Head on 5 July.

Chichester is the second-largest marina in the UK with more than 900 berths.