Why they might have a few spare berths in Pwllheli Marina?As some of you might remember, I bought a 15 or 16 foot Orkney fishing boat towards the end of the summer. Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to getting some use out of it next year.
I basically have three options.
I can keep it at home and buy a tractor so that I can take it down to the sea and launch it, as and when I want it. The main draw back to this, is negotiating the narrowish beach road and the crowds of summer visitors who clog it at the height of the season. Added to this, is the problem that I'd also have to find somewhere to park the trailer while I'm out fishing. I can't just leave it on the beach, because of the tide and the fact that some scrote would probably damage or half pinch it.
Option 2 would be to moor it out in the bay just off the Tycoch Inn.
There is some protection from the worst weather but having said that, the boats out there are exposed to the eliments. The insurance companies only offer cover for boats moored there from April to September due to the winter weather and its inherant dangers. Added to that, there's a mooring fee to be paid and apparently, there is also a charge of a thousand pounds for setting concrete blocks and chains for the mooring itself. All in all, IMO this makes for a non too attractive option.
I really fancied the sound of option three. We have a purpose built marina in Pwllheli with loads of pontoons and 24 hour access to the sea. Actually, although the marina is advertised with that 24 hour access, its a bit of a fallacy. In truth, because of the councils dredging policy, or should I say lack of one? The bigger yachts and boats don't actually enjoy that amenity and are left high and dry for a few hours each day.
The result of this lack of expertise is that the big boys have been leaving in droves and the marina has gone from having a waiting list of people waiting to get a berth, to having quite a few vacancies.
The thought of tying my boat safely up to a pontoon and enjoying safe harbourage, plus not having to use a dinghy to get to it, really appealed to me and so, today I rang the council harbour master to enquire about the cost of a berth. What a shocker ! The cost of mooring a boat under six metres in length per year is £2100 Good grief! My boat, engine and trailer only cost me £400 more than that. No wonder they have vacancies, no wonder its shunned by locals and no wonder the whole area is looked upon as being the haunt of rich summer migrants who clear off when the cold weather comes. Added to that, no wonder I wont be mooring my boat there.
So there you are. You have the three options available to me. None of them are ideal, but I think that its going to have to be the first one. At least I'll end up with a tractor for muck spreading.