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Hawthorn Rowing Pontoon

Hawthorn Rowing Pontoon

Walcon Marine plans to start construction works for the Boroondara City Council at the Hawthorn Rowing Club in August, demolishing the aging existing timber jetty structure and replacing with a modern, rowing specific designed, floating pontoon system.

Located on the Yarra River in Melbourne, the pontoon system will feature a minimal freeboard of only 175mm allowing rowing teams to easily access their craft from the deck as well as providing convenient and save launching and retrieval access.

The system also features Walcon’s outstanding design telescopic pile system that allows the pontoon system to travel as much as 9.5m above the mean tidal range, designed for a potential 1 in 100-year weather event.

The pontoon system is connected to the land by a massive 56m long, 4.5m wide access ramp that is hinged to the pontoon system providing a smooth transition from land to pontoon. The structure is built around Walcon’s renowned aluminium framed and polystyrene floatation system and is designed and engineered to the AS 3962-2020 Australian Standards.

A newly created concrete panel river wall will be installed immediately after the existing timber structure is removed from the site and the adjacent riverbed reinstated using quarried rocks to provide a stable base. A solid concrete abutment will be cast to tie in with the existing bitumen paving.

Decking will be the Walcon slip resistant and long lasting, maintenance free fiberglass reinforced polymer micro mesh surface and the deck will incorporate two sets of boat rollers to allow the launching and retrieval of the training support dinghies.

The project will be completed in September, just in time for this year’s 2021 Head of the Yarra Regatta hosted by the Hawthorn Rowing Club.

Walcon and its partners are excited to work alongside the Boroondara City Council in providing these world-class rowing facilities.

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