Opening of the Pontoon – Published October 2014


On Saturday 30th August 2014 the Lochgoil Water Sports Club formally opened the new pontoon at its boat park.

The 56m long pontoon was put in place only a few weeks ago and has already proved a great benefit to club members. It enables easy access to moorings and is excellent for loading boats with equipment and supplies. It is also available to non-members and assists less able individuals to enjoy boating.

Manufactured and supplied by Fusion Marine, the pontoon is made from tough polyethylene (PE) and features thick walled flotation pipes for buoyancy. Anchored to the shore by a concrete plinth, the flexible nature of the PE enables it to slope down the beach and rise and fall with the tide. The slip resistant decking on the pontoon is made from recycled plastic and it features handrails, cleats, life-ring and safety ladder. The supply and installation of the pontoon was funded by Lochgoil Water Sports Club members with financial support from The Crown Estate’s Marine Stewardship Fund and National Lottery Awards for All.

Alan Laidlaw at The Crown Estate, said,

“I am delighted to hear that the new pontoon at Lochgoil Water Sports Club is a great success. This is exactly the kind of project that our stewardship fund is designed for – improving access to the seas for all and providing a great community resource that will help build Lochgoil’s reputation as a popular sailing and yachting hub. We are proud to have worked with local partners there to develop visitor facilities to add to the overall tourist offer.”

In front of a large crowd of members, Sonya Peddie, wife of the club chairman, arrived by boat and was piped up the pontoon by local piper Martyn Wilson. Accompanied by Arthur Hughes, who managed the project, and Jim Young, club works convener,Sonya cut the ribbon formally declaring the pontoon open.

On behalf of the chairman, Jim Peddie, Sonya thanked all who had contributed and specially thanked those who had made substantial donations and who had given up their own time to make this happen. This included “CROWN ESTATES” and “AWARDS FOR ALL” without whose generosity the project would not have been possible. Also thanked was Les Cuthbertson who secured funding from Awards for All and Alison White for her assistance in the relocation of moorings.

A project of this size and complexity required a great deal of effort. In particular, committee members Jimmy Young, Drew Adamson and Arthur and Christine Hughes contributed a great deal. Liaison with the various official bodies to obtain the required permits was very complex and this task was undertaken by John McIntyre of Monevechaden who saw the project through to a conclusion.

Submitted by Dennis Bolt

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