In preparation for next week’s meeting I met with Russell this afternoon and here follows a précis of our discussion:
1. Parking: Currently parking is at a premium but in the next two or three months Shed 4 and the brick buildings will be demolished and additional parking freed up. Parking along the West Road, between the parked boats is not advisable. Restrictions will always be required for the Hoist and delivery trucks, so please be considerate when parking.
2. Trolleys: The current trolleys when consolidated provide adequate for boat owners. It is unlikely that “Shopping” trolleys will be bought for the purpose as they are considered unsuitable for the task, especially with their small wheels. Punctured trolley wheels have been repaired as recently as Tuesday of this week.
3. Dredging: All the dredging that is to be done this year is complete and no more will be carried out. The “holes” amongst the pontoons will even out with normal tidal action. The East Channel was not dredged, as we all know. It is considered by the marina management that there is sufficient depth for the moored boats and dinghies and, as an aid, attention is drawn to the recently released hydrographic survey taken after the dredging operations. Copies of the chart were emailed to a large audience and charts were posted on notice boards. Although, it must be said that a little more mud was removed after the survey’s completion.
4. Maintenance dredging is yet to be planned by the Marina management. To avoid grounding, skippers are advised to check on the chart and to not cut corners after passing the tyre-barrier inbound. It is suggested that leading marks be installed to give clear visibility of the West channel’s course. That will be considered.
5. Fees: The dinghy park at the head of the slip is not being kept for dry-sailing motor craft. Some will be kept there (2 planned at present) the remainder is for dinghies. Management are negotiating with PEYC to devote a convenient park for regular dinghy racers. Negotiations continue. Regular pontoon mooring fees were retained at last year’s prices although VAT had to be added. The Marina allowed a 10% discount for early bird settlement of bills to ameliorate some of that VAT addition.
6. Slip: The prime concern about parking trolleys on the slip is to keep the passage clear for the travel hoist. This task will decrease as the season progresses and all boats are launched. There is some trolley space at the top to the West, near the fuel tank. Otherwise they are to be parked on the East, out of harms way. A scheme has yet to be finalised to mark the travel hoist’s path down the slip. Ski poles below the high tide mark was one suggestion but will probably be discarded although a new scheme is yet to be devised.
7. Flotilla weekends: There will be two weekends of activities. The first will be the flotilla which will use the marina environs for evening events. The following weekend will be for the firework display and will host social events for watchers, probably on the green beyond the Scout Hall. Watch the website.
8. Advice: I have offered advice for any scheme’s by using our collective wisdom and specialists available through the club or BHA. That offer was kindly received.