Sad news – No Action Boat for this coming Season.
Earlier this week I caught up with the guys behind Littlehampton’s popular white-knuckle powerboat rides – Action Boat They confirm that owing to the Sea Defence works they won’t be able to run their popular rides this season.
Apparently the problems with access to and from the boat are just too great now that Action Boat’s berthing pontoon has been removed while the sea defence works are underway. They are hopeful that they’ll be back again in action in 2015. But this is a big blow for Littlehampton as this was one of our newest and most popular waterside attractions.
And it’s not just Action Boats that will be affected by lack of pontoon space.
One of the biggest problems facing Littlehampton Harbour this year will be the lack of visitor berthing space for visiting boats.
Last year we enjoyed a bumper season with visiting yachts many of them arriving as part of ‘Rallies’.
These boats and rallies bring a very welcomed spend to our local businesses – restaurants, shops and bars doing exceptionally well. Each year my own bike shop in Pier Road does well with cycle hire with visiting mariners and we also manage to sell a number of bikes to them.
But with the restricted pontoon space, it’s difficult to see how they’ll all fit in.
And, sadly the future of the Littlehampton Ferry also looks to be in doubt.
Latest update I can get on the Littlehampton Ferry is that the boat is up for sale and the previous operator (Action Boats) has confirmed it won’t be running the ferry as part of their operation.
Again even if a buyer is found it’s difficult to see where a suitable embarking and landing pontoon would be found as the original pontoon has now been removed as has the steps leading to it.
No doubt it’s going to be a difficult season for us as we’ve lost these two very popular attractions.
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