Guy Nicholls, Principal Marine Surveyor and owner of Solent Marine Surveys, is a qualified marine surveyor operating in Chichester and surrounding areas.

Marine Surveyor Chichester

Specialising in marine surveys for GRP (FRP) sailing and motorboats in Chichester, the Solent area, UK and Europe.

Marine surveys

Offering pre-purchase, insurance and partial marine surveys and undertaking project supervision and management on build and refit work.

To discuss your requirements please contact Guy or Louise.


Chichester Harbour is one of the UK’s largest natural harbours and includes several charming and well-known Sussex town villages such as Emsworth, Bosham and Itchenor as well as Chichester.

On entering the harbour by sea, a large shoal must be navigated and is not safe to cross in strong winds from the south. Passing Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) to port, Sparkes Marina, to the West of the entrance, is the first yacht marina one can visit. It hosts numerous facilities from GRP repairs, engineering services and a hoist.

North of Sparkes Marina is the Hayling Yacht Company at Mengham Rythe, and then Northney Marina.

Emsworth Yacht Harbour is just a short walk from Emsworth and the Sussex Brewery and is a small marina with limited draft.

To the east of the harbour, the largest of the marinas in Chichester is Chichester Yacht Basin, now owned by Premier Marinas and renamed Chichester Marina. It can berth over 1,000 boats with an efficient lock which operates on free flow at high water.

Finally Birdham Pool Marina, with 265 berths it is perhaps the most idyllic of them all. Set in a beautiful unspoilt location with an old mill overlooking the marina – if you want peace then this is the place to be!

Based in the Solent area Solent Marine Surveys regularly conducts surveys on the South Coast including Hamble, Lymington, Southampton, Cowes, Gosport, Port Solent, Portsmouth and Chichester. We are happy to travel throughout the UK and abroad to Europe and further.

Solent Marine Surveys is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Guy Nicholls is a qualified marine surveyor with full professional indemnity and public liability insurance.

Jeanneau 39DS in the slings at Chichester Marina for a pre-purchase survey
A Nauticat 321 marine survey in Northney Marina in Chichester Harbour
Malo 41 at Northney Marina, Chichester