A £160,000 project to secure access onto the water for boat users ahead of the construction of a £34m landmark bridge has been completed.
The slipway accesses Back Water Channel and Holes Bay
The slipway in Poole, Dorset, gives access to Back Water Channel and Holes Bay, as well as providing storage facilities for about 60 dinghies.
It replaces the existing access point at Wilkins Way, which will be lost when the new Twin Sails Bridge is built.
It is hoped the bridge - due to open by 2009 - will cut congestion in the town.
Lynda Bourne, chair of Poole Harbour Association, whose 100-strong members include local fishermen and commercial anglers, said: "Members are really pleased with the new slipway.
"It makes access to the boats much easier and safer and it is an excellent improvement to the area."
Dick Appleton, harbour engineer for Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: "The new slipway will provide the best possible safe access to moorings that will have to be relocated before the Twin Sails Bridge is built."