Boat ramp closed for upgrade
Westhaven’s boat ramps at Z Pier will soon be closed temporarily while they receive an upgrade that will make them easier and safer to use.
The closure will take place from 8 July until early September, while three pontoons used for boarding trailer craft are replaced.
“We have evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of the current design, and the new ramps and pontoons will be significantly better in terms of layout and construction,” says Westhaven Marina Manager Kevin Lidgard.
As well as providing for easier vehicle access and trailer backing, Kevin explains that the piles will be internal, which means there will be a continuous smooth edge for boats to come alongside. Additionally the pontoons will be positioned in from the edges of the boat ramp, and they will be longer, making for more usable area.
They’ll also be non-slip, and more durable, thanks to concrete encapsulated pontoons, and they are future proofed for sea level rise.
The old pontoons and decking will be assessed and those that are usable will be made available to the Tairawhiti Voyaging Trust for a Waka berth in the Port of Gisborne.
The facility is one of Auckland’s busiest. It is used by an estimated 800 boaties a month, and Westhaven apologies for the inconvenience while the upgrade is underway and suggests that nearby facilities such as Okahu Bay are considered. There is a full list of alternative ramps on the Auckland Council website.
Access is being maintained for essential services, and those organisations have been contacted.