I also completed the survey and made the following points:
Need to include the local councils/local government and those who spend public funds on coastal infrastructure in the process:
planning support to actively encourage/mandateaccess to the water: jetties, launch ramps and ensure provision is made to launch kayaks, canoes, dinghies, ribs etc, park cars, safe storage for day-craft (to encourage people to leave a rib/canoe/dinghy and return in a week or two)
When Calmac build new piers/ramps (which is funded from the public purse) they should allow access for yachts to drop off and pick up crew, fill water tanks and facilitate diesel/fuelling and have a slip for dinghies/ ribs etc.
Bus and Train services: can you get to the boating hubs easily? if you leave a boat in a remote location, how do you get back to the central belt/airports and return to it using public transport?
Local Services: Encourage the ethos of "you're here so we're here to help" rather than the usual 9-5 mentality. fuel, gas, diesel, laundry provisions: if you run a local shop in a remote location, why not open up in the evening or leave a phone number so that a visitor can get what they need out of hours?
Help local communities make more money from visitors by publicising where good local support is available.
The "authentic" can become theme-park and that helps no one. Get the basics right and the local festivals and event will then benefit. If there is confidence that your boat can be safely moored, that you can get crew and provisions easily and that there is local advice and assistance easily available and more will be encouraged.
HIDB style moorings and basic infrastructure etc than all make even more sense.
Hi-Viz vest, method statements and bureaucracy: to be avoided!
As marisca says "My initial reaction was probably driven by selfishness"
I'd agree, hence the need to extend to others not directly engaged in the marine industry. BMF, RYA Scotland & Sail Scotland with support from the tourist/enterprise Quangos and crown estates. I believe you the need local government and those normally skeptical or negative to leisure marine activities involved from the start. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer!