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Easter 2009: pontoons and dredging

Although things sometimes seem to move slowly, there have been a number of improvements around the harbour over the last year or so, most noticeably the residents’ pontoons with their white-capped piles and the new visitor pontoon in Kingsbridge, which makes an easy place to stop for shopping or a meal. More is planned: work to replace Batson creek pontoons should start in the autumn, but probably without white-capped piles which may look less conspicuous at least until the gulls…

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The new season sees a 6 knot speed limit for powered boats in the centre of harbour. Up to now, the limit has been 8 knots. Why this change? In a word, wash. Drivers of vessels and vehicles alike tend to ignore wash. The 50mph restrictions around motorway roadworks are at least partly because, above that speed, the turbulence from passing vehicles makes it difficult and dangerous for the workforce. Equally, it may be safe enough – in terms of…

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