Launch to the west

LETTER

Re: Boat ramp Plan B, January 7.

A great idea from Martyn, although not entirely new. A similar concept was developed some years ago to complement an anticipated increase in the log storage area and additional reclamation at Kaiti Beach.

Can I add, rather than making this ramp facing to the sea and southerly swell (which often makes the existing ramp unusable), extend a swell-absorbing breakwater from the outermost south eastern area of the parking/hardstand angled to the south west, back towards the existing breakwater opening to the sea at the western end. This would effectively encapsulate a quiet body of water, giving an additional bonus of a protected inner area that could accommodate swing moorings as well as an all-weather ramp basically unaffected by swell.

Align a three or four-bay ramp in line with this breakwater, so boats are launched in a westerly direction. A lockable hardstand area would allow trailerable yachts storage leaving their masts up.

The additional benefit of this is boat access to the sea would not be hindered by shipping movements in the turning basin, where all boats are required to stay clear in ship docking operations.

Should approval for such a proposal be considered, it should still not allow the decimation of parking in the inner harbour that, as previously said, is in breach of the District Plan. The Herald poll on revisiting this was overwhelming.

Peter Millar

Re: Boat ramp Plan B, January 7.

A great idea from Martyn, although not entirely new. A similar concept was developed some years ago to complement an anticipated increase in the log storage area and additional reclamation at Kaiti Beach.

Can I add, rather than making this ramp facing to the sea and southerly swell (which often makes the existing ramp unusable), extend a swell-absorbing breakwater from the outermost south eastern area of the parking/hardstand angled to the south west, back towards the existing breakwater opening to the sea at the western end. This would effectively encapsulate a quiet body of water, giving an additional bonus of a protected inner area that could accommodate swing moorings as well as an all-weather ramp basically unaffected by swell.

Align a three or four-bay ramp in line with this breakwater, so boats are launched in a westerly direction. A lockable hardstand area would allow trailerable yachts storage leaving their masts up.

The additional benefit of this is boat access to the sea would not be hindered by shipping movements in the turning basin, where all boats are required to stay clear in ship docking operations.

Should approval for such a proposal be considered, it should still not allow the decimation of parking in the inner harbour that, as previously said, is in breach of the District Plan. The Herald poll on revisiting this was overwhelming.

Peter Millar

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Get reel - 2 months ago
If this turns out to be the great solution you think it will be, where are you going to park the additional trailers?

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