There's more questions unanswered than answered. The company involved - ObanBayMarine
- do not answer emails even from their corporate members (of which Webcraft UK is one) and there are a host of unanswered questions. The pontoon development proposed between the North Pier and the Railway Pier depends on a floating breakwater for shelter, and many are sceptical that it would provide sufficent protection in a North-Westerly winter storm. Local fishermen are reported to be against the proposal, and questions have been raised about potential conflicts with ferry operations.
What Oban really needs is a proper marina development behind a decent breakwater built on Corran Ledge. Something more ambitious could be constructed, here, making Oban the centre of West Coast yachting outwith the Clyde. However, Argyll and Bute council have shown themselves to be somewhat anti-yacht in the past and my guess is that the marina on Kerrera will continue to be the only sensible option for yachts looking for a marina berth with easy access to Oban. My bet is that the proposed pontoon development will not now happen.
Thre are however new visitor moorings in Cardingmill Bay
, offering 15 visitor moorings and a landing stage not too far from the town centre.