03/06/14 Boost for Craignish Boat Club following pontoon installation
A landing pontoon supplied by Fusion Marine has played a vital role in helping secure a new home for the Craignish Boat Club in Argyll.
After becoming ‘homeless’ in 2008, the club struggled to find a new base and operated temporarily from various sites on Loch Craignish near Ardfern. However the club’s pursuit of a permanent home was unstinting and finally paid off with a lease on the nearby islet of Eilean Traighte (Causeway Island).
An essential element of the successful relocation was the installation of a new Fusion Marine landing pontoon made from tough polyethylene and recycled plastic. Fixed in a ‘T’ shape arrangement at the end of the pontoon is a 16.25m long ‘hammerhead’ berthing facility that provides plenty of mooring space for small craft. The pontoon is secured to the shore by a concrete bridgehead and slopes down the beach into the sea loch, providing access at all states of the tide.
Guy Neville, club commodore at Craignish, said: “The Fusion Marine pontoon played a vital part in the overall success of the development project and it is already proving its importance to our club.”
As well as the pontoon, the new club facility includes boat sheds, toilet and a retaining wall. There is a dedicated bosun’s shed with changing area and racks to store a number of sailing dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Funding was also secured for a new safety boat and a small instructor boat.
Iain Forbes of Fusion Marine said: “We are delighted to have supplied a specially designed pontoon to Craignish Boat Club for their new base. The pontoon design and its tough plastic construction make them and ideal for siting on tidal, shelving shores.
“The club plays an important role in enhancing the quality of life in the local area and we wish them well for the future.”
The three principal funding partners for the Craignish Boat Club project were sportscotland, Argyll and the Islands LEADER and The Crown Estate.