aquaplane wrote:I may have said this before.
The cash/grants for the Oban transit marina was intended to get footfall in the town to spend money.
Local boats tied up with folk sat at home spending money where they would anyway isn't going to increase the local economy one jot.
The bloke at Campbeltown thought he was doing well filling the place with local boats paying for all year and optimising income for the pontoon, until he was told that's not what the pontoons were put in for.
What pisses me off is subsidies/grants going in to promote tourism and increasing local cash flow, and locals blocking places so there is no increase in cash flow.
Also filling the good anchoring spaces with fee charging moorings is offside. Croabh.
Not been out West yet, but most of the draw is the quiet anchorages, with the occasional mooring/pontoon/shop/pub combo, not no anchoring option to get to the pub/shop.
I have to pay for my mooring, other folk shouldn't be subsidised. Don't think this is the bottom line.
How can you say on one hand that you think local pontoons are for increasing footfall and on the other disparage Craobh Marina for doing the same. The bottom line is that you are entitled to use the bay for anchoring in, that has not been removed. I have spent a lot on local services at Craobh Marina, so the money comes in. I agree that local, small boats should be catered for at local moorings as well as tourists. I also think that that there should be a huge increase in pontoon type berthing where it is sensible to do so i.e. Loch Aline. Tourism provision in this country is crap, we need to offer top notch services. I propose that more want pontoons than anchoring or even moorings.