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Old 11 November 2010, 06:36   #1
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Pontoons Required for Sailing Club, anyone help?

Hi All,

Not sure which the most appropriate sub forum to ask is, but this one looks good.

My home sailing club ( have been fundraising hard to build an accessible landing stage off the front of the clubhouse - Gravesend is obviously fairly tidal, and they currently access the water via a vertical concrete wall, with dinghies being launched by crane!

They were originally getting some Ex MOD pontoons, but for whatever reason this seems to have stalled.

If anybody knows of some secondhand pontoons floating about (!) available, ideally steel/concrete construction, please drop me a PM or e-mail me as below, and I'll send on to Dad (who is project co-ordinating). the sort of size they are looking at is two lots of 10m by 2m or similar.

The company they are using for installation has the walkway etc, but all relevant pontoons etc are open to negotiation. Because it's a fairly exposed location, the slightly lighter pontoons normally found in sheltered marinas will probably not be man enough for the job, so they're looking for something a bit more industrial. Ideally secondhand due to financial constraints!



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Old 12 November 2010, 08:17   #2
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last time I looked they had a bit more available but worth keeping an eye on.
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Cheers, have forwarded the link on to Dad.

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contact Colin at HISC he will know where our new ones came from . We have just put in some new pontoons to replace the ones that finally died , they were supposed to last 10 years but in fact lasted 18 . You know what it can be like there in the winter so they did really well to survive that long .
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Why not make them?

Just a thought... I know Gravesend well having got a place up in Meopham still and having lived round the corner for a while to the Gravesend Marina.

It would need a fairly robust set of pontoons there due to the tide etc and if money is a constraint for some "tough stuff" why not build them out of ferro cement? It is a great material extremely strong and repairable and with some volunteer labour could no doubt be knocked up pretty quickly as it would not need to be the same spec as a boat etc.
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