As pontoon manufacturers we often get the call from people who have just purchased a waterfront property and are very excited to get a pontoon only to be told, sorry you can’t have one. Its something we hate telling people and we try our hardest to find a way, but more often than not it’s a NO!
In this weeks blog I wanted to provide some helpful tips on the signs of a bad water frontage and ones that can’t have a pontoon.
Things to look out for
- Water front blocks in corners of cul-de-sacs, these are quiet often a bad culprit. We see time and time again people being told that they can have a pontoon by an agent or whoever and yet amazingly they can’t! PLEASE do yourself a favour and give us a call prior to submitting ANYTHING, we will do a no obligation, confidential appraisal of the block via sateilite imagery and tell you most of the time over the phone or within 24 hours in most cases.
- Properties with boundaries angling in towards each other \/ this again is often a bad sign particaully on blocks that don’t have a great deal of water frontage to start off with. Customers often think they have for example 10m of frontage at the revetment wall, but yet the measurement for a pontoon is taken at the quayline. The quayline is a measurement set by local/state authorities (Gold Coast Waterway Authority and GCCC on the Gold Coast for example) here is a little example.
- Properties with seagrass in the general area where a pontoon would go! YES i did say sea grass and it is a little more common in particular areas like Paradise Point and Tweed Heads we have had several cases. In most cases this will be cause for you to not have a pontoon! We have seen a few applications allowed through on the basis that the gangway/walkway out to the pontoon uses a grated mesh in place of carpet etc to allow the sunlight through with minimal impact on the sea grass. In all the cases i have seen the pontoon was never allowed to be installed with piles due to the seabed impact from piling and a strut or cable pontoon had to be used.
So if you are in the market for a waterfront property and you are unsure about anything pontoon related give us a call on 1300 207 848 or email us your question and our professional team will help.