Chichester District Council's slipways were originally created for coastal defence purposes however the council allows the launching of public vessels (excluding personal watercraft / jet skis) at three locations along the foreshore between Chichester and Pagham Harbours. Please observe the 8 knot speed limit within 300 metres of mean low water. Anybody found breaking this speed limit is liable to prosecution.
In October 2011 Chichester District Council constructed a new slipway at East Beach, Selsey. It was funded through a pathfinder grant received from Defra and replaced an old ramp that due to shingle build-up became unusable. The new slipway is available for free public use (apart from Jetskis) throughout the year although trailers left in the car park must have a separate parking ticket. Please note that the gradient of the ramp steepens towards the seaward end so that vehicles do not have to drive too far in to the water, however vehicles may struggle for traction particularly two wheel drive cars, towing larger vessels, when the ramp is wet. You use the slipway at your own risk, we recommend that you have adequate help and if in any doubt consider using a strong rope connected between the trailer and the car.