WORK to construct a new drying out area for boats in Leverburgh is now complete.
The project, undertaken by the Leverburgh Moorings Association, took months of careful planning, applications for funding, and liaising by association members.
The construction work was carried out by Breedon Hebrides and has been finished to a very high standard.
The slipway has been funded by several groups,: Coastal Communities Fund, The Crown Estates, Yorkshire & Clydesdale Bank Foundation, and the three Harris councillors.
A donation was also received from consulting engineers, Wallace Stone and some specialised fittings from Gael Force Marine.
Leverburgh Moorings Association chairman, Mike Green said: "We are extremely grateful to the groups which helped fund this project. Without their help, the drying out area would not have come to fruition. It is our aim to provide a facility which will make the lives of boat owners easier, including the local fishing fleet who will be able to make use of the slipway to facilitate maintenance of their vessels.
"We are also pleased to be able to offer a drying area which will be open to visiting vessels should they require it. Several boats local to Leverburgh have already made use of the new slipway and we have had very positive feedback from all owners. We look forward to hearing from anybody who wishes to make a booking for use of the facility in the future.“
Use of the new slipway is charged at £20 per day. The association ask that prospective users give notice of their intention to use the facility, stating a time of arrival, and departure, if possible.
The slipway and surrounding area must be left in a clean and tidy state on departure.
The association is aware that some bookings may need to be made to undertake unscheduled inspection or maintenance, so, 'last-minute' bookings are welcome, and the Association will endeavour to meet the requirements of all vessel owners, as far as possible.