Jim Peddie of Lochgoil Water Sports Club said: “We are delighted with the pontoon, which has been well received by our members. The 56m long pontoon enables access to the loch for its members at all states of the tide. It enables easy access to moorings and is great for loading boats with equipment and supplies. It is available to non-members and assists less able individuals to enjoy boating.
“It is also situated right next to the boatyard and will play a very useful role when taking craft in and out of the water.” 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.
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. There is no requirement for a ‘truss bridge” which would be needed for more traditional wood and metal jetty designs. Fusion Marine prefabricated the modular pontoon sections at its manufacturing base near Oban, with final assembly taking place on-site at Loch Goil.