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Chairman’s Blog – December 2014

Dear Berth-holders

As many of you will know, I have taken over as chairman from Frank Pullen until the next AGM which will be held on 23rd March 2015. Mike McGregor has joined the committee as vice-chairman. We are very grateful to Frank for his 5 years in post when he has fought our corner with marina managers, Edinburgh Leisure and Edinburgh Council, to ensure that facilities in the marina were properly maintained and charges were reasonable. We have kept our members informed through our website, notice board on the loop shed and regular email blogs and have set up the weather station and live web scan. With our encouragement and assistance the new marina managers have installed free WiFi to the pontoons. They also give regular updates on their Facebook page. Next year’s charges have not yet been decided but are expected to rise by no more than 3%.

Parking: There is a beautiful new parking area where the derelict “Norwegian Block” used to be. It is intended that this will be reserved exclusively for berth holders and marina staff, with vehicle entry controlled by a gate, opened by a code or key fob. All visitors will use the red gravel, parking area close to the bridge.

The “Hub”: this new development to be built in 2016, on a site to the west of the scout hall, will house the administrative offices, a bar and Bistro and the Yacht Club which will rent a lounge/ meeting/ office area with balcony overlooking the Forth. PEYC committee are keen to share this premises with the berth holders, perhaps as Associate members at a reduced subscription.

Travel Hoist: My boat was taken out last week and it was a fairly painless experience (– except for the charge!) Following an accident, when a boat owner slipped off the hoist when coming down the ladder, a safety cage has been added to prevent further falls. Pressure washing is carried out by the site staff before the boat is transported to its cradle in the boat park.

Boat park: Electricity supply is being improved and connections for all boats are promised in the near future. Temporary cones are placed across the entrance to stop non boat owners bringing cars into this area. Punctures have been reported from sharp objects buried in the gravel.

Cardiac Defibrillator: this is now installed and all marina staff are trained in its use. If required the office staff or duty officer will bring it urgently.

Marina Facilities: For hygiene reasons, shared water hoses will not be provided on the pontoons. We noted that there are no longer disposal points for used oil cans and paint tins. Russell has promised to rectify this.

East Coast Sailing Festival: This will be held at Port Edgar between Thursday 20th – Sunday 23rd August, 2015 by Forth Yacht Clubs Association and PEYC. It will comprise yacht racing, including restricted sail classes for the occasional racer, a rowing regatta and a cruiser muster. It is hoped that cruising yachts from other clubs on the Forth and Tay, as well as those at Port Edgar, will take part in this event. An interesting programme is planned including day cruises with civilised lunch stops at other clubs. The evening social events organised by the Yacht Club will be included. For those wishing to help, we would like some berth holders to assist in welcoming visitors and some yachts may be invited to act as committee boats during the event.

Boat Jumble: The BHA hope to hold its annual Boat Jumble sale in late February /early March. This will probably be in the Scout hall on a Sunday morning. Don’t throw out your useful junk yet. Someone might buy it!

Annual General Meeting: This will be held on Monday 23rd March in the Yacht Club with interesting speakers. We urgently need new members on the committee to take the Association forward into what promises to be an interesting and exciting future for Port Edgar- so how about it?

Yahoo Group: We are planning to set up an internetchat room” so that members can discuss matters of interest, request crew, offer advice to others or pass on complaints.

Contact Us: The committee welcomes any feedback, observations or information from members. Please look at our website (www.portedgarbha.org.uk ) and contact us on . For information about cruising on the Forth, look at (www.fyca.org.uk)

Murray Carmichael

Chairman’s Blog – late September 2014

In an exchange of comms with Marina management the following is worth noting:
1. Hoses.  The marina will not be equipping the pontoons with hoses as they cannot  guarantee the healthy nature of water supplied.

2. Defibrillator.  Currently the defib equipment is located in the office.  All marina staff have been trained in its use.  An outdoor case is being purchased and will be installed in a handy place when appropriate signage will be installed.

3. Slipway.  I had suggested that to ensure correct parking of boats on the slip that markings on the slip clearly show where the boat hoist will operate.  No plans at present to mark the slip but conversations will be held with road marking team will follow soon.

4. WiFi.  Free wireless broadband has now been set up for the marina pontoons and the site. The Management believe that the weather station and CCTV remain under BHA  management.

Hope that you have all enjoyed the Indian Summer.
Regards
Frank
Chair

Chairman’s Blog 21 May 2014

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.

Frank Pullen

Chair BHA

Chairman’s Blog – End April 2014

In the recent spate of fine weather I managed to get a short chat with a very busy Russell Aitken.

Here follows my observations and his comments:

1. Site Work. The work is going ahead according to his plan. If you have been down at the marina recently you will have noticed that a great deal of work has been done to remove the old overgrown foliage at the entrance and a new fence has been erected. New signage has been erected and most obvious of all, the old sailing school shed has been demolished. The next to go will be the old Park’s Dept. buildings and other brick buildings round the back. End of May will see the Norway building and Sail Loft go and the air raid shelter filled in. Next, sometime later this year Shed 4 will go.

 

2. Forth Bridges Festival. The aim is to have a smart site for September and the Forth Bridges Festival. There are two weekends of involvement and includes the Flotilla event. The website has information.

 

3. Dredging. Dredging is now complete and within the next ten days the fingers will be fully reinstated.

 

4. Commercial Tenants. The commercial side of Port Edgar will see little change in the near future. Tenants have indicated that they are staying and no new ones are planned yet.

 

5. Plans for Buildings. The immediate plans for the buildings are that they will be reclad and that may start this year and plans for occupation/layout will remain as is for now.

 

6. Site Security. Security at the marina remains unaltered. “Vigilant” remain the site contractors and watchman. In addition the summer will see a return of the backshift of marina staff working till 2130 and the office manned till 1930 from May.

 

7. Launch and Recovery. For boat launches and recovery there are choices which depend upon tide/weather and boat type which will dictate whether boat hoist or crane will be used. There is also a matter of training marina staff to ensure that a full complement of drivers is available.

 

 

8. Weather Station and CCTV. They are not working. The problem is that the broadband link has been broken. It was agreed that the line would be transferred from EL to the new owners but it has not. Once we ascertain the precise position it will be remedied as we all agree they are a good and useful facility to be retained.

 

As a final note, we are still looking for a new Chairman for the BHA committee. Volunteers will be welcomed.

 

Regards

 

Frank Pullen

Chairman’s Blog – February 2014

These are notes from this Friday’s (6:2:14) discussions with Pat (EL) and Russell (Port Edgar Marina Ltd):

Pat:

Staffing is arranged although arrangements are still being sorted for some pensions.
Sailing School shed will be demolished soon.
PEML plans for improvements are promulgated for us to see. (Marina Office)
Early entry lease has been arranged (just last week)and work has started: dredger will be here in the next week (it has left Denmark), trees have been removed alongside main car park, fences will be repaired/replaced.
The site is being cleared in preparation for handover (42 tons of old pontoons and over 1000 old truck tyres have been removed)
Arrangements are in hand to move boats and pontoon fingers to allow the dredging.
Assets have been sold.
Marina business will continue as normal.

Russell:

The telephone line dues for the weather station and CCTV will continue to be paid by the marina.
BHA subscriptions will not be arranged through the booking applications form. We will have to arrange our own… Watch this space.
Dredger has been procured and is moving here in the next few days. The capital dredge will take place in the immediate future.

Good luck with the season’s start

Frank Pullen
Chairman BHA