BOATS THAT FLOAT ON AIR - A REVIEW ON AIRBERTH BY ERWIN BURSIK, SKI-BOAT MAGAZINE

01 Aug 2011

"FOR me, stepping onto the marina at Cape Town’s relatively new Granger Bay was like yet another thread being woven into the tapestry of the picture of the ultimate in pleasure boating. Simply take a few steps from your luxury home, climb aboard your craft, turn the ignition key, slip two mooring ropes and you can be idling out into the waters of Table Bay.

For those ardent ski-boaters who have spent a lifetime manoeuvring craft over sand and into the surf before crashing through the waves to achieve the same end result - fishing on a boat at sea — walk-on moorings seems the ultimate dream.

However, over the last decade or two, I have experienced the true realties of having, using and maintaining a craft on moorings. This dream is substantially degraded by the realities of what goes into this method of storing one’s craft.

Or at least it was, until I saw a 30-odd foot craft cradled on air on an “AirBerth” in the Granger Bay Marina. Is this the answer to a mariner’s desire to enjoy all the benefits of having a craft on moorings without the draw- backs associated with on-water moorings?"

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