Saturday, 20 June 2020


20th June 2020

AS current coronavirus lockdown restrictions now move into ‘phase 2’ of the route-map out of the crisis in Scotland we are pleased to announce that the chandlery will fully re-open on Monday 29th June.

Until then we will continue with the ‘call and collect’ system we already have in place, so if there are any boating hardware items you need please don’t hesitate to give us a ring on 01852 500247.

In preparation for fully opening the chandlery we have installed protective screens around the counters for the safety of our staff and customers, while hand sanitiser is also available at the door. In addition there are 2-metre floor markings now in place together with a one-way system to follow around the shop.

The current Scottish Government advice announced this week under phase 2 is to still ‘stay in your local area’ in regards to leisure and recreation, while the move into this phase sadly does also not permit overnight stays on boats yet.

We are, however, hopeful that following Scottish tourism minister, Fergus Ewing’s announcement last week that stated that the ‘tourism and leisure sector in Scotland should prepare to open by Wednesday 15th July’, will allow customers from further afield to be reunited once again with their boats and be able to stay onboard overnight at last in mid July, so long as the number of coronavirus cases in Scotland continues to decline.

In the boat yard, cleaning, polishing, antifouling and launching is progressing well during what has been a mostly settled spell of weather for the yard team to press on with getting jobs completed and we are pleased to report that we are now a good way through our launch schedule, with thanks going very much to all the staff involved.

For now we thank all of our customers that are further afield for their continued patience with what is a frustrating situation for us all, as we look forward to resuming boating properly again in Scotland in mid July. 

Andrew and Joanna Ashton and all the team at Ardfern.

West coast boating
Chandlery ready to open with social distancing measures in place

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