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Plans to build a yacht marina by Goat Island in Stornoway have taken a step forward.

The proposed £6 million redevelopment of the Newton basin would help meet the growing demand for sheltered berths by leisure marine users.

Nearly double the number of yachts visiting Stornoway could be attracted to the port, providing an added tourism boost.

The 80 berths in the marina at Cromwell Street quay are already operating at full capacity during the summer months.


► Plans for deep water port and castle bridge highlighted in Stornoway harbour redevelopment


Stornoway Port Authority has now kick-started the process towards hiring an engineer-led design team to develop the area.

The team - expected to be appointed this autumn - will draw up plans to reclaim land to build a new hard standing for storing yachts ashore.

The hard standing could also provide space for a club house, toilets, showers or visitor facilities as well as a slipway and yacht lift, plus parking.

A short breakwater would be constructed to provide shelter for the boats.

Pontoons for berthing and storage for up to 70 vessels are to be installed.

Heavy boulders will form a rock armouring protection belt to the pontoons.

Boats cannot presently access the basin at low tide so a navigation channel will be dredged.

The harbour board also has plans to redevelop the boatyard on Goat Island. This would improve the ship repair and painting facility and provide a space for yacht repairs adjacent to the new slipway.



Setting course for new yacht marina  

17 July 2017

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