Welcome to Chichester Harbour Water Tours
We are the oldest and the original harbour tour company operating from Itchenor.
The company was started by Peter Adams around 1986. Peter fled from Rhodesia with his family during the troubled times in Africa. He found himself working for the then harbour master Commander Ian Mackie. It struck Peter that people would love to see the Chichester Harbour from the water, so he set about finding a boat suitable boat to do the job. With the harbour master's help, Wingate 1 was conceived. She was a converted naval pinnace and served Peter well. He even took her across to France one winter and allegedly got stuck in the ice in a French canal and had to wait for the spring thaw. He was a real character!
Wingate 1 was joined by Wingate 11 and by mid 1990s both boats were running flat out all summer. Finally Wingate 111 was bought around the end of the millennium and the first Wingate was sold on to a new life on inland waterways.
Adam Shaw took over the business in 2004. His background was of a fishing nature. He operates 2 charter boats and as of 2004, Chichester Harbour Water Tours. During lockdown we had to reinvent the business as we could not carry 50 people so we converted one of our charter boats to passenger carrying. We also reduced the time of a harbour tour from 90 minutes to 45 minutes and introducing our seal watching trips. This is our current format.
He is passionate about the harbour and its surrounding area and enjoys introducing new people to its beautiful vistas and scenery.