A leading Scots businessman has enhanced his home on the banks of Loch Lomond by installing a new design of pontoon developed by Fusion Marine that enables easy and convenient access for boat trips.
Jim Clarke, the chairman of Clarke Energy, had previously kept his 25ft power boat on a swing mooring at his house near Tarbet on Loch Lomond, but was eager to install a pontoon for convenience and for the safety of his grandchildren. Jim tasked his friend and marine supplier, Neil Mayles of Mayles Water Sports in Balloch, to source a pontoon that would meet his exacting requirements. After much research, Neil recommended an innovative pontoon developed by Oban-based Fusion Marine.
Jim Clarke says: “The benefits of the Fusion Marine pontoon quickly became apparent due to its robust build quality, aesthetic quality, and its proven experience in marine lochs on the west coast of Scotland in fully exposed tidal areas.”
These versatile pontoons from Fusion Marine are already widely used at a number of coastal and freshwater locations by a range of users that include hotels, estates, adventure centres, tourist operators and community associations. Manufactured from recycled plastic and tough polyethylene, the pontoons provide easy and convenient access for small leisure boats and workcraft. The flexible nature of the individually designed pontoons enables them to be sited on shelving beaches and other coastal or lochside locations. If the tide or water level drops, then the pontoon follows the sloping contours of the foreshore, offering round-the-clock access to the water and providing a suitable freeboard and access at all times.
The 27m pontoon that was installed for Jim Clarke features anti-slip decking and is superbly finished with handrails and metal stays. According to Jim, a key attraction of the pontoon was its robust construction.
He states: “From this winter’s experience of some of the worst storms the loch has seen for years, it seems to be perfect for the conditions found in Loch Lomond. There has been no damage whatsoever and it has been fully operational in all conditions, and able to drop down and lie on the shore when the water is low, and float perfectly when the water rises to maximum its height.
“The attention to detail can be seen at a glance and I am confident that Fusion Marine will offer excellent back-up in the event that we have any further requirements. It is the perfect solution for my 25ft power boat’s requirements.”
Iain Forbes of Fusion Marine said: “We are delighted to have made our first ever pontoon installation on Loch Lomond and Jim was an excellent customer to work with. Our robust and aesthetically pleasing pontoons are ideally suited for sites such as Loch Lomond, which can often experience rough weather.”
Ronnie McColl was the Civil Contractor for the installation, whilst Bob Hay of Hay Lough Davis dealt carefully with the planning application in this environmentally sensitive area to ensure that the pontoon blended in sympathetically with the stunning lochside scenery.
Jim Clarke says: “Iain Forbes of Fusion Marine was very helpful all the way through the process as was Ronnie McColl. The installation was dealt with very professionally with a problem-free, on-time delivery due to the excellent liaison and co-operation during all stages of the process.”