ST MAWES SAILING CLUB
Specialist advice, safety measures, timings, licensing and planning – just about all you need to know!
The project team considered a variety of options and drew extensively on the experience of other local clubs and boatyards that have recently installed pontoons. Specialist advice and designs were commissioned from Walcon, a leading pontoon supplier that have manufactured pontoons in St. Mawes Harbour and several other nearby locations.
The Committee has sought to propose a solution that provides a balance of practicality and affordability. As a result, a traditional 2.5m wide pontoon, the same as that in St.Mawes Harbour is proposed. The Pontoon will extend 34m from the Quay (subject to final agreement) and will include a 12m T-shaped ‘Hammerhead’ at the end.
Positioning the Pontoon South of the Slipway will maximise dinghy and other craft access to the existing Northern slipway. This will minimise the risk of fouling anchor chains, but will mean the loss of two outhauls.
The ‘Hammerhead’ end of the pontoon will extend 5m beyond mean low water (subject to final agreement) and will always be useable during neap tides for dinghies and tenders. During spring tides, the pontoon will not be useable 2 hours either side of low water. Cruising boats drawing 2m or less will be able to use the pontoon 2.5 hours either side of high water. During winter months, the pontoon will be moved to a sheltered location to avoid damage.
Prior safety-related incidents spurred focus for safer access. A 2.5m walkway will make it safe for disabled access, plus volume at busy periods. The hammerhead will further reduce congestion, particularly when boats are loading/unloading. Non-slip grid will be used for surfaces, the hinged walkway will encompass handrails and small ladders will be installed to enable anyone in the water to easily climb back onto the pontoon.
Licensing and Planning
MMO Marine License and Planning Permission are required. Planning Permission has been granted and we expect MMO approval to follow shortly. MMO licensing will ensure minimum impact to the marine environment during build.
Planning Permission has now been granted and MMO licensing is expected by August 2022. Being prepared to order the jetty in the second half of 2022 will allow for installation early next year. Completion is expected by the start of the 2023 sailing season.
We estimate the total cost at £120,000, including VAT, broken down as follows:
MMO License approval
Mylor Rigging costs
The committee aims to fundraise the total project cost. However, should there be a shortfall, existing club funds allow for £50,000 contribution to the cost.
Several members have already generously indicated support by pledging donations and we are asking all members if they now too would be willing to contribute to the project.
We welcome either direct payments or pledges through this site. We will ask those members making pledges to make their actual donation once final planning has been received, expected in August 2022.