No dredging progress at Watchet?

Birdseye

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I think that the Marine Group are also into property development, and a prime site around a harbour has a great attraction in the long run for major profits when developed, acquiring the harbour and surrounding area is an easy long term goal for a developer, and if it means occasionally dredging a harbour (usually rather in efficiently) and providing a few baiting facilities , then that’s just one of the initial costs that will be recovered eventually.
True. That was the basis of Swansea and of Portishead and of Penarth. But then if you bear in mind the scale of costs of harbour wall and lock gate maintenance let alone dredging, a few boats paying £2kpa will never be enough revenue. God knows what will happen in Cardiff when the barrage facilities become old enough to need serious maintenance / refurb.

Watchet is another example of the same issue. No way can mooring fees for the few boats in there cover the cost of staff plus the regular dredging that is needed, let alone a profit for the operator.
 

Megaboat

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What is the situation now with the dredging at Watchet? We are thinking of popping down for a couple of days soon.
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graham

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Some progress has been made since last year. Very few berths are completely floating but some now leave you in 2 or 3 ft of water at low tide which is fine if you dont mind your keel resting in a bit of soft mud.

Last weekend was a very small neap tide we managed to leave the marina 2 hours before hw watchet. We have 1.1 meters draft. On a bigger tide we would have left earlier.

The good news is they have just aquired a larger water injection dredger which proved very effective on the first trial run .

I love visiting Watchet and Matt and his hard working team do everything they can to make your stay a good one.
 

chrislaw1968

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I would be interested in any feedback from a representative of the Watchet Harbour Group regarding The Marine Group.
They have done little for Port Dinorwic since their take-over 5 years ago. No maintenance dredging for over 5 years. Badly leaking dock gates are now berth holders major concerns.
Most local marinas have been dredged once or twice during this period.
i actually dredged the upper part of that several years ago for a couple of days , i was there a couple of months ago doing my PB 2 and they said they were looking to have it dredged but were having issues getting a licence to dump .they did talk to our company afterwards but that's the last i heard .
 

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Watchets new larger Dredger
Proving very effective apparently.20220923_172349.jpg
 
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