Arbroath Harbour success story

Working boats berthed in a corner of Arbroath Harbour
Working boats berthed in a corner of Arbroath Harbour

Arbroath Harbour is a continuing success story members of Arbroath Harbour Committee heard at their recent quarterly meeting.

And the recently opened leisure slipway is being well used by owners of jet skis and small boats.

Committee convener councillor Bob Spink said that the marina is a major success.

He revealed: “We have 53 annual berths at the marina all of which are fully occupied, and we have a waiting list of 45. That number has been curtailed, as we cut it back to 45.

“Over the summer there were 238 visiting vessels, a 10 per cent increase over the year before, and this was put down to the affect of the good weather. So that is very positive.

“The crew room at the end of the fish market which opened about six months ago has been well used both by visiting yachts and by the local yacht club.”

Councillor Spink continued: “We are building a slab alongside the patent slipway where work can be done on small working boats without having to put them on the slipway. That is something that the commercial boat owners have been asking for for some time, so we have listened to them.

“The ladders round the harbour are on a continuing programme of replacement, so that is also ongoing work.

“Expensive remedial work is planned for the road down to the quay which also requires maintenance, so that is in the programme to be done.”

Councillor Spink stated: “Overall, the harbour is in a very healthy state and doing very well both on the leisure side and the commercial side.”