Wednesday, 13 April 2022

AYC NEW FACILITY BLOCK NOW OPEN FOR EASTER 2022

 AYC NEW FACILITY BLOCK NOW OPEN FOR EASTER 2022

Ardfern Yacht Centre
New Facilities Block at Ardfern Yacht Centre

The all-new customer facilities block at Ardfern, which includes new toilets, showers and laundry facilities will open on Thursday 14th April in time for the Easter weekend.

Along with cosmetic and heating improvements, the new much improved modern facility sees larger and extra showers in both washrooms, together with separate staff facilities, while in the larger laundry there is a new drying and washing machine now in place. The ice machine will also be located in the laundry and will be returning following a major refurbishment shortly after Easter.

Improved washrooms see additional showers

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our all-local building and plumbing team, Aidan Gregory and Alex Samborek, along with all their staff and contractors, who have provided an excellent service to Ardfern over the winter months in tackling the project, often in the worst of Argyll’s weather, and for completing the build in such a timely manner so that it is ready for Easter.

Entry to the new building is now by access code, with permanent customers and visiting yacht crews able to obtain the current code from the chandlery staff on arrival.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to Ardfern this spring and summer and hope you enjoy using our new facilities.


Andrew and Joanna Ashton and all the team at Ardfern.


Ardfern Yacht Centre Showers
New larger shower cubicles

Monday, 27 September 2021

AYC NEW FACILITY BLOCK BUILDING NOW UNDERWAY

 AYC NEW FACILITY BLOCK BUILDING NOW UNDERWAY 




At long last we will be making a start to our new toilet, shower and laundry facilities block this week.

With this in mind we now have a temporary Portakabin providing toilet and shower facilities located next to the workshop for staff and customers to use. Unfortunately during the demolition of the old facilities block and building of the new block we will be unable to offer laundry facilities due to space restrictions.

The old block has now been cleared out and locked and it will be fenced off this week in order for the demolition of parts of the old building to take place and to allow the footings to be dug out for the extension. This will also mean that car parking in front of the chandlery area will be very limited to allow space for skips and building equipment etc.

We apologise for the disruption over the next few winter and early spring months while the works take place and thank you all for your patience and understanding while the build is underway.

However, we do look forward to bringing you all a much improved more modern facility at Ardfern for the summer 2022 season.

Andrew and Joanna Ashton.




Monday, 16 August 2021

ASSISTANT WORKSHOP MANAGER - JOB OPPORTUNITY

 

Assistant Workshop Manager
Ardfern Yacht Centre - Now Recruiting

ASSISTANT WORKSHOP MANAGER

Due to internal promotion, we are now seeking to employ a new Assistant Workshop Manager.

 

The successful applicant should be familiar with the basics of boating and will assist the Workshop Manager in continuing to provide the high level of service currently offered to customers in our busy boat maintenance and repair workshop.   Previous workshop or engineering experience would be an advantage, but not essential as training can be given.

 

Competitive salary dependent on experience.

 

For further information including an application form, please contact Andrew Ashton by email at andrew@ardfernyacht.co.uk

 

Closing Date 6th September 2021.

Saturday, 14 August 2021

A BUSY SUMMER AT ARDFERN & A CHANGE IN THE WORKSHOP THIS AUTUMN

A BUSY SUMMER AT ARDFERN & A CHANGE IN THE WORKSHOP MANAGEMENT FROM THIS AUTUMN  

Ardfern Yacht Centre
A busy summer's evening on the pontoons


It has certainly been a busy time for all at Ardfern and it has been great to see so many customers able to fully utilise and enjoy their boats over the last few months of mostly nice summer weather here in Argyll.

As we now head towards the autumn we would like to remind those customers who would like to stay with us for the winter months and have yet to confirm their winter booking, to please do so as soon as possible as spaces are filling up ashore and in the water on both berths and moorings. If you haven’t already done so please contact Fraser with your winter requirements at fraser@ardfernyacht.co.uk or visit our website to fill in a winter booking form at www.ardfernyacht.co.uk

This autumn will also see a change to the workshop management with Bob Fleck taking a well-deserved retirement from the end of December after 12 years with the company. Bob will continue full time in his role as workshop manager until the end of September, when we are very pleased to announce that James Hoad will step up from his assistant workshop manager position to become workshop manager from 1st October.

In order to ensure as smooth a transition as possible, Bob will be staying with the company on a three-day week basis from October until the end of December to assist James in his new role this winter. Bob will also continue to oversee any existing workshop jobs he is dealing with, while James will oversee all new jobs as required by customers from this autumn.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Bob very much for all his hard work and assistance at Ardfern over the last 12 years, and we wish him well as he returns to his own marine surveying business, ‘Melfort Marine Surveys’. Meanwhile, we very much welcome and look forward to working with James in his new role at Ardfern.

At the same time we will now be looking to recruit a new assistant workshop manager to assist James going forward.

As we return to more normality with the Scottish Government ending ‘level zero’ covid-19 requirements on 9th August, which removes almost all of the remaining anti-Covid measures, we will be pleased to welcome customers back up to the workshop office. However, to avoid any congestion in the workshop office we ask customers to continue to enquire about workshop jobs in the chandlery building in the first instance, just to establish if James or Bob are not already busy with another customer.

With face coverings still a legal requirement in indoor public places in Scotland, including shops, we remind customers to continue to wear masks when entering the workshop office, chandlery building and facilities block.

We wish you all a good end to the 2021 boating season and hope you have a few more enjoyable weeks out on the water before autumn arrives.


Andrew and Joanna Ashton and all the team at Ardfern.


West Coast Boat Yard
James Hoad will replace Bob Fleck as Workshop Manager


Tuesday, 6 July 2021

JOIN OUR TEAM

Stepping masts
Riggers Stepping Masts
Yacht Rigger / Trainee Yacht Rigger

Ardfern Yacht Centre, is one of the leading yacht marinas on the West Coast of Scotland, and is the only west coast marina and boatyard to offer a full inhouse workshop service alongside its comprehensively stocked chandlery and fully serviced pontoons and swinging moorings. 

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Yacht Rigger / Trainee Yacht Rigger to join our team.

We are recruiting a Yacht Rigger / Trainee Yacht Rigger, as part of our rigging and slip team, the role involves:

- Stepping and unstepping of masts.

- Renewal of standing and running rigging, swaging, and splicing.

- Assembly, commissioning, and servicing of all rigging hardware.

- Moving boats around the marina.

- Assisting with slipping and lifting operations.

A yacht rigger will have a background in sailing with a proven experience of yacht rigging and handling, along with a passion for and knowledge of a variety of boats. The position will involve working outside all year round and working at height.

A trainee rigger should have some experience in boat handling, with an interest in sailing, and must be able to demonstrate some technical ability.   

Training in use of machinery and equipment will be provided.

For more information and an application form please email andrew@ardfernyacht.co.uk or telephone 01872 500247


Winch service
A winch stripped for servicing

Monday, 17 May 2021

 OYSTER HOISTER SPONSORSHIP HELPING TO RESTORE NATIVE BEDS IN LOCH CRAIGNISH

Oyster regeneration
Oyster Hoister at Ardfern Yacht Centre


The project to restore the native oyster beds in Loch Craignish, undertaken by our local community charity Seawilding, is powering ahead, and receiving much favourable attention. 

The plan is to restore 1 million native oysters to the Loch, where they were once prevalent, in order to filter and clean the water, sequester carbon and replace lost biodiversity. So far, community volunteers have introduced 60,000 native oysters to local restoration sites, and another 100,000 are growing in a floating nursery at the top of the lagoon for release in 2021. 

This is community-led marine habitat restoration at its best!

Here at Ardfern Yacht Centre we are suspending “oyster hoisters” beneath the pontoons. Each hoister contains up to 100 juvenile native oysters which are cleaning the water and releasing spat into the water column adding to the efforts to restore local stocks. Meanwhile, once COVID
restrictions allow, pupils from 5 local primary schools will monitor them monthly, conducting “citizen science” and collecting important data.

You can be a part of this exciting community initiative, by sponsoring an oyster hoister. The sponsorship pays for the cost of the cage, the oysters and the ongoing school’s monitoring programme. The more sponsorship, the more hoisters! So far, we have 18 sponsored, with approx. 1000 oysters under the pontoons. So, if you don’t have a holding tank and would like to do your bit to help restore the health of the loch, please consider sponsoring. 

The cost of sponsorship is £130 for the first year and a service charge of £60 annually (should you wish to continue). Each hoister will carry a label with your name.   Seawilding have erected an information board next to the pier shed with more information and the names of all sponsors.

To find out more, contact info@seawilding.org and visit the website: www.seawilding.org

Native Oyster regeneration
Inspecting and sorting Oysters




Friday, 23 April 2021

Return to boating on 26th April

A WELCOME RETURN TO 2021 BOATING CONFIRMED FROM THIS MONDAY 


Bending on sails
Bending on sails ready for boat owners

We look forward to welcoming all our permanent customers and visiting yachts back to Ardfern from Monday 26th April onwards, as restrictions from lockdown in Scotland continue to be gradually eased. 

With this week’s confirmation from the Scottish Government that non-essential travel can recommence across all of the UK from Monday, along with the reopening of tourist accommodation and non-essential shops in Scotland, customers will at last be able to return to their vessels and stay on board overnight once again as a single household. 

The chandlery and offices will be fully open from Monday, while the facilities block will also be available on a restricted occupancy basis.

If you would like any chandlery items putting aside for when you arrive, please contact the chandlery on 01852 500247 or email office@ardfernyacht.co.uk 

We remind all those visiting Ardfern in the next few weeks and months to continue to observe the 2-metre social distancing guidelines especially while in the chandlery, facilities block and on the pontoons. In addition face masks should be worn when anywhere indoors on the site and customers should wash or sanitise hands before entering buildings or using shared equipment such as trolleys or courtesy dinghies as per Government guidelines.

With the forecast next week looking (mostly) promising we know how much many of you will appreciate being aboard your boats once again. We thank you for your patience over the last few months and wish all our customers an enjoyable sailing season ahead. 


Andrew and Joanna Ashton and all the team at Ardfern.