Cropredy Marina welcomed its first boaters on Saturday as its long-awaited opening day finally arrived.
More than a dozen boats were moored at the 249-berth Claydon Road site.
The main basin is already oversubscribed but work is ongoing on a smaller basin on School Lane with a view to late October completion.
David Fox, marina manager, said: “It is still a building site at the moment, but the weekend was an opportunity for people to moor their boats up and the general feedback has been really positive.
“Some of them were here for the day and just wanted to moor their own boats as they were here. Although the site is still not finished, it is going to be lovely when everything is done.”
Plans for the marina were unanimously approved by Cherwell District Council in January 2012.
Work on the site on the outskirts of Cropredy started in September of last year and the facility was initially due to open in April.
However, severe winter weather halted construction work for three months, meaning no progress was made during January and February and the launch date was put back to July. But some of the work took longer than expected and the site could not officially open until Saturday.
Services at the marina include electricity, diesel, fuel and gas from the service wharf, a laundry and car park. Also included is free wifi and loan bicycles for access to the village.
Mr Fox said: “There are just the small jobs like connections to do and then everything will be ready to go. Everyone seems happy with the work that has been done so far, so hopefully we will be ready to open without any further delays.”
For more information visit www.cropredymarina.com