New boat launch site at Portishead Marina

A new launch site for small boats at Portishead Quays Marina opens next week.

The Parish Wharf launch and recovery area providing improved access to the water at the southern end of the marina will be officially opened by the Chairman of North Somerset Council, Cllr David Shopland, on Friday 11 October at 2pm.

The council has worked with local clubs, including the Portishead Yacht and Sailing Club, Portishead Pilot Gig Club and Quay Marinas, to design the scheme which has been constructed by local builders EJ McGrath.

The scheme includes fixed platform public launch areas and a managed gated small slipway. The stepped height platforms allow small craft such as canoes and paddle boards easy access, no matter what the water depth is in the dock.

The gate to the slipway will prevent unrestricted access and unregulated or unsuitable craft from using the water.

The primary purpose of the small slipway is for use by local clubs, particularly for sail training for young people, but individuals can also arrange access by prior arrangement for non-motorised small boats on trolleys.

Access for sailors unable to use the platforms may also be arranged through the clubs using the site who have been provided with a manual hoist to assist getting in and out of the boats. Contact details will be displayed at the slipway site.

The opening event will include rowing and sailing demonstrations by the local clubs following the cutting of a ribbon to open the site.