A £3.5m boatyard was officially opened at Chichester Harbour.
A plaque at Premier Marina’s new addition to the harbour was unveiled by Siún Cranny, the director of Chichester Harbour Conservancy.
Mrs Cranny said told the staff: ‘Having sailed in and out of various harbours around the world, it only takes two seconds to arrive in a boatyard to feel it’s a wonderful place for your vessel to be.
‘When we came to visit just as you were finishing the project, it took me two seconds to stand in the middle of the boatyard and think “this is fantastic”.
‘In today’s world we’ve got lots of modern challenges, particularly the fact we’re based in a conurbation.
‘Already two of our villages in the AONB are no longer considered to be rural.
‘That gives you a flavour of the challenge that the conservancy has because we’re in such a precious place.’
Rupert Boissier, deputy chairman of Premier Marinas, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted with the new boatyard.’