Owners of jet-skis have been informed they can no longer use the slipways on Penarth sea-front to launch their craft.
Unlike conventional ski boats or run-abouts, which are powered by outboard motors and tow water-skiiers behind them, jet skis are powerful and very fast unsinkable powerboats which the drivers sit astride and steer with handlebars – motorbike style.
The craft are powered by ejecting pumped seawater at high velocity from a steerable water-jet beneath the surface .
Jet-ski owners say they were informed by letter on May 16 by the Vale of Glamorgan Council that they were no longer allowed access to the Northern slipway – the slipway traditionally used by the Penarth Water Ski Club.
The Southern skipway is used primarily by Penarth Yacht Club for the launching of sailing dinghies – and that too is out of bounds to jet-skiers.
The only other slipway in the area is near the former recycling facility outside Sully where jet-ski owners say they are concerned about leaving their property temporarily whilst on the water because of the allegedly-high incidence of crime in the vicinity.
It’s understood that the issue is primarily about insurance cover and further talks about the provision of slipway facilities for jet-ski owners are to be held shortly.