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New Oban berths will benefit everyone

Sir,

In the 1980s I looked after the 24-berth, very weather-dependent, pontoons at the South Pier and I was amazed at the amount of business this created.

I think this was not generally recognised as the sailor ashore – apart from the heroes who go shopping wearing their lifejackets – appears as just another tourist.

We always had a large influx of yachts from Ireland and, frequently, could not accommodate all those wanting berths. Bear in mind that this was 30 years ago.

As a keen sailor, I am very much aware that yachts sail from, say Crinan, directly to Tobermory or, more recently, to Loch Aline, which now boasts a marina. For some 30 years Oban has been a backwater, largely bypassed due to lack of berthing facilities.

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