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Dunbar Harbour stocks red diesel for the fishing fleet, yachts and visiting boats. The red has a lesser duty rate for commercial users (mainly farmers and fishers) and thus is cheaper than white diesel. There is now a current HMRC consultation stage regarding when/whether the European regs. should be introduced.

The UK has so far avoided introducing this change for private users but in future it will particularly affect 'private pleasure craft users who will be required to use unmarked white diesel' when visiting the Continent.

Yacht skippers, you need to be aware!

Light reading: https://www.kegels-co.com/single-post/2018/10/30/The-marking-of-gas-oil-subject-to-full-taxation-is-in-conflict-with-Directive-9560EC

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The Northern Lighthouse Board periodically inspects navigation aids around our coasts. Recently the NLV POLE STAR anchored in Belhaven Bay for four hours (!) at the Poo Buoy. 

Info at https://www.nlb.org.uk/  and


Photo by Kenny Maule

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The end of Boyne Pier at Cove Harbour has weakened and is now collapsing (as all sea walls do without expensive work). This would mean the end of commercial fishing from this bonny, wee harbour with its sandy beach 'fur the weans n' bairns'.

All our readers are aware of this problem as Dunbar's wave-bashed sea walls are under continual maintenance when funds allow.

Repairs at Cove are expected to cost £250,000, to grout the voids, rebuild the footing and 'haud it thegither, ken'. Just £50 buys a bag of grout, £20 buys an hour of a skilled craftsman's time. 

Answer: CRAB = Campaign for Repairs At Boyne

Please donate at http://www.coveharbour.co.uk/donations         https://www.facebook.com/PierPressure2018/ 

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photos by Ben Tindall of Cove

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As part of our Keep Our Harbour Tidy Project the Dunbar Harbour Trust has installed some new bins to help you keep our harbours tidy and healthy.

Dog-end bins:

  •  beside Tasty Toasty
  •  on upper, outside landing at McArthur's Store, Cromwell Harbour

Dog-waste bins: 

  •  beside the Fishermen's Monument, Cromwell Harbour
  •  just below Dr. Badger's Bench, Victoria Harbour

We appreciate your help to maintain a clean and tidy harbour, not just because it looks good, but it also makes it a safe and healthy environment for all harbour users. Follow this link if you would like to view our short video that advises about the dangers of dog mess and litter and how you can help.           

Keep Our Harbour, filmed by Fraser Stewart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRe-k8EXNjE&t=414s

Many thanks from Yvonne Wemyss and Quentin Dimmer!

photos by Kenny Maule

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Have you ever watched the breakers crashing over the bar at the harbour entrance, especially when the tide is low?

Despite keeping a close eye on swell forecasts the Rowing Club could return to harbour after two hours to find the waves are quite dangerous. In preparation, the rowers and the RNLI agreed to do a practice exercise of ferrying in two skiff-crews from their anchored skiffs. The ILB was used to transfer the rowers into the harbour and then return to tow in the two skiffs.

This is part of continuing training exercises, conducted by the RNLI for the benefit of all sea-users.

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photos by Kenny Maule

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  Every 2 years the Harbour Trust carries out a condition-survey of all the harbour walls using engineering consultant Arch Henderson. Following a detailed inspection by engineers, a defects schedule is drawn up together with plans, elevations and photos of every section of wall. From this information priority repairs are identified:

 Red - immediate   Yellow - as soon as possible  Green - continue to observe

This information is used to justify grant applications. Repairs to the walls are not cheap, over the last 7 years we have had 10 grants (mainly from Marine Scotland Fisheries Grants) amounting to a total of over £400,000. Grants from Historic Environment Scotland and Viridor have allowed us to carry out many individual repairs. Most of work was done by AG Thomsons who has a real commitment to the harbour. The 2019 report is due within the next few weeks. 

Information courtesy Robin Hamilton

Click READ MORE for a typical wall-crack, although the INVISIBLE cracks and voids are often more urgent: 'jings, crivens an' help ma boab!'

photo by Kenny Maule

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Owned by Neil Brunton and family, Oor Millie is a recent addition to Dunbar's commercial fleet. She was built in 1958 by Watts of Banff, now Macduff Shipyard but the same family.

An old traditional wooden boat with a 127hp Gardner engine, her dimensions are length 33 foot x 10 foot beam x 5 foot draft, 7.6 ton registered (but gross weight would easily be greater than 10 ton).

Originally named Lustre (Latin for 'light'), she was in Shetland for years with the Lerwick registration LK315, then she went to the Isle of Rassay. Neil purchased her in December 2018 from Donald Mckenzie of Rassay. She is now registered in Leith (LH315) and called Oor Millie after the Bruntons' granddaughter Millie

She was a trawler when bought but Neil is now converting her for potting (creels). Neil and crew are 'getting there', hoping to have her ready for this winter.

Good luck and happy landings!

Photos courtesy Neil Brunton.

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Tea by the Sea at Tasty Toasties (aka 1296 Cocoa Van), was a wee fundraiser for Breast Cancer Care. 
'Tea' = tea/coffee, sandwiches, scones, and cakes. Rhona did more than expected:  110 teas and raised £800+ which she's chuffed to bits with. 
Rhona says: "It’s been a good fundraiser and I hope good for the Harbour, it had a real buzz about it. I promise if I have any other hair-brained ideas I’ll let you know. I lovvvvee being in the wee Toastie van at the harbour. Thank you, Rhona xx"
She's considering a future Walkies Tea, with Muttloaf and Pupcakes.
To Rhona: "Well done with your Tea by the Sea at Tastie Toastie. This had 100% support from the Harbour Trust, and it was wonderful to learn of your great success."
From happy customers: "It was lovely to have a catch up with folks, and get a ‘bit of a blether’ 😄 over lovely coffees, teas and several pieces of cake 🧁"
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August 15; 2:30 -- 3:30 pm The Three Craws and a few Scottish songs.

August 17;  2-- 6:00 pm. SPARKLING DUNBAR: Live Music and stalls. Family fun.

August 24, 7:00--9:00 pm Captain Hornswoggle and Son, music

August 25, 7:00 --- 9:00 pm.  The Vibrating Ecstatic Now: Passionate Ones

September 6 & 7,   Hemelvaart Bier Cafe Ayton‎Hemelvaart Rocks Festival

September 13th 7.30--8.30pm,  The Soldiers of Dunbar 1650

September 28th, 7--9pm,   Pix in the Stix

.... and more to come.......

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We are delighted to announce the return of the Sparkling Dunbar Harbour Festival for its 9th consecutive year, promoting our beautiful harbour-area

This free community event, for all ages, will take place on Sat 17th August from 2 -- 6pm. We have a full programme including fabulous live music, craft stalls with lovely handmade goods, boat trips with Forth Wild to the Bass Rock (the first 10 passengers will go free), rowing testers with Dunbar Coastal Rowing Club, a face-painter, bouncy castle and super-tasty food including paella, pizza, Mexican delights, sumptuous donuts, splendid ice-cream and a beer tent.

The event has a theme ‘Pirates and the Sea’: an opportunity, then, to get on your best fancy-dress clobber and have a fantastic day out! Arrrrr you ready for it? Seriously folks, don’t miss this splendiferous event!

poster courtesy Yvonne Wemyss




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