Whether you agree with this or not is a matter of debate, but Porthmadog has just undergone its first face lift in 200 years - and much for the better in my opinion.
Porthmadog started out life as a commercial harbour loading Welsh slate for export to the world and after an illustrious past, it fell into disrepair as the slate industry dwindled and dredging became uneconomic. So lets not get sentimental here, Porthmadog is not a "natural harbour" as some claim (we had one dissenter claiming the destruction of a natural harbour??) it is a man made harbour whose usage changed to leisure 50 years ago. So here is the old place before work started
You can see the RSJ piles driven into the harbour floor and attached to the walls (how much trouble did we have with the authorities over this???). And the first walk way goes in.
A couple of weeks later and look what we have
And then the residents move in...interesting point here is that quite a few of the traditional trots mooring guys didn't sign up to join the scheme - but when they saw the finished article, 3 of them bought in there and then. Quite a bustling little harbour n'est pa?
And here is the access, which neatly covers up some horrendously dangerous old slate steps.
And of course, no Dave_Snelson slide show would be complete with CI appearing on her new mooring.
So there ya have it. It took 30 years to get the authorities to say yes, just over one month to build it (well done Intermarine of S'oton) and it cost much less than the price of a 3 bed semi in the North of England. There is some some work to be done (lights, leccy & water) and CI will probably move to the deep water section opposite the fingers for security reasons. But it is already a great harbour community and I enjoy being a member of a yacht club that welcomes Mobos. We have 3 visitor moorings for anyone coming up this way...