The upgrade makes it easier to launch and retrieve vessels, will reduce of the amount of sand build up on the ramp and provide improved access from an extended jetty.
The upgrade’s design was overseen by Better Boating Victoria, which is progressing the state’s biggest ever ramp construction program, while Bass Coast Shire Council managed the construction.
Key upgrade features include:
- Brand new concrete ramp surface extending 15 metres deeper into the water to provide access at a greater range of tides and raised one metre higher to reduce sand build-up
- Rock revetments on both sides of the ramp to assist with vehicle and pedestrian beach access.
- Jetty extended by a further 20m with additional landings to improve access at a greater range of tides
- Boating Vic camera installed to enable boaters to check conditions before heading down to the ramp
Due to the high volumes of sand that move through this area, sand clearing will still be required. However, this will be at a reduced level, minimising disruption to boaters.
Cowes is a beach ramp is suitable for small vessels during medium to high tides only. When using the boat ramp, boaters are reminded to consider the timing of tides and how it may affect the draught of vessels.
For more information visit betterboating.vic.gov.au