A boat ramp with plenty of parking

LETTER

Re: Boat ramp Plan B along Kaiti Beach, January 7 letter.

I supported the Gisborne Yacht Club last year when they sought council assistance to upgrade their boat ramp, suggesting that this was an opportunity to also resolve the dilemma for boaties of extremely limited parking at the harbour boat ramp.

The ramp at Kaiti Beach is a public boat ramp with plenty of parking — it’s a freedom camping area at night as well — but tricky to launch from and could be improved a lot.

Because of the “self-serve” inner harbour fiasco and all the painted-in parks being too short to accommodate a reasonable-sized boat and trailer, Martyn Cox is surely “somebody who has his head screwed on right”.

I did my own study and measured what a trailer and vehicle attached really measured. Then with two bits of string I counted Kaiti Beach’s area for how many parks could be made there.

Martyn says parking for over 200 rigs on a 30 metre wide ramp is possible. I counted considerably more than that, so the 200 parks is a safe estimate.

An important consideration is to ask permission from Ngati Oneone, as this is their customary land, as Kaiti Hill is also.

Maybe if we all work together for a great outcome, our boating community will end up satisfied for a job well done.

Alain Jorion

Re: Boat ramp Plan B along Kaiti Beach, January 7 letter.

I supported the Gisborne Yacht Club last year when they sought council assistance to upgrade their boat ramp, suggesting that this was an opportunity to also resolve the dilemma for boaties of extremely limited parking at the harbour boat ramp.

The ramp at Kaiti Beach is a public boat ramp with plenty of parking — it’s a freedom camping area at night as well — but tricky to launch from and could be improved a lot.

Because of the “self-serve” inner harbour fiasco and all the painted-in parks being too short to accommodate a reasonable-sized boat and trailer, Martyn Cox is surely “somebody who has his head screwed on right”.

I did my own study and measured what a trailer and vehicle attached really measured. Then with two bits of string I counted Kaiti Beach’s area for how many parks could be made there.

Martyn says parking for over 200 rigs on a 30 metre wide ramp is possible. I counted considerably more than that, so the 200 parks is a safe estimate.

An important consideration is to ask permission from Ngati Oneone, as this is their customary land, as Kaiti Hill is also.

Maybe if we all work together for a great outcome, our boating community will end up satisfied for a job well done.

Alain Jorion

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