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Alan de Enfield

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  1. CRT disgruntled staff

    I am not sure that is quite what the Judge said, I believe that it was : 6:3 There are clear anomalies in both positions, CRT clearly regard the occupation of moorings by permanently residential boat owners who do not move very much as a significant problem (see paragraphs 3.5 and 3.6 above). However, neither the statutory regime in subsection 17(3) nor the guidelines can deal with this problem. A boat which has a home mooring is not required to be “bona fide” used for navigation throughout the period of the licence, but neither is it required to ever use its home mooring. The act requires that the mooring is available, it does not say it must be used. The guidelines also have this effect. The boat is still subject to the restriction that it must not stay in the same place for more than 14 days but there is nothing whatever to stop it being shuffled between two locations quite close together provided they are far enough apart to constitute different places. If those who are causing the overcrowding at popular spots have home moorings anywhere in the country the present regime cannot control their overuse of the popular spots. Such an owner could cruise to and fro along the Kennet & Avon canal near Bristol and the home mooring could be in Birmingham and totally unused. But - hey - don't let the truth get in the way of a good rant.
  2. inbuilt marine generators

    Just a couple of observations : You ideally want to be looking at 1500rpm generators as they are much quieter than the 3000rpm ones. You should be looking at a water cooled version (those which draw water from the outside) as they are quieter than those that are not water cooled. Depending on size (Kw) you are looking around £5k-£6k for the generator, around another £1k for the installation kit and around £1k for installation (costs vary on how you will get the boat out of the water, automatic start up, manual start up etc. etc.) Budget on £7-8k
  3. CRT disgruntled staff

  4. The point re C&RTs new London Strategy is ‘well made’. I wonder if they did discuss with him before they announced the plans to increase boating in the capital ?
  5. CRT disgruntled staff

    Does that not support the argument that their systems are not fit for purpose ? You have a home mooring and yet as soon as you moved off it you were asked why you were not following cruising guidelines. Not everyone is a roughy-tuffy, some can get upset by the accusation and frightened by the consequences.
  6. CRT disgruntled staff

    I believe so, and people have posted on here that they have been so affected. Irrespective of the implementation of the new ‘rule’ C&RT do not have the power to just write into their T&Cs any T&C which over rides the law. For example, should C&RT decide to charge the same for their ‘River Only Licence’ as for the ‘Canal & River licence’, would you accept that they can do that ?
  7. CRT disgruntled staff

    I believe that there are two subsets of boaters that may feel they are being bullied, the question is, is ‘bullying’ the correct term, or should it be ‘forced to comply’ with what they have agreed to do ? There are those who buy a boat with little intention of moving but they do not want the expense of a mooring, after all it is just a low cost route to housing, they have jobs, families, schooling etc. in the area so why should they move ? This is not bullying, this is simply enforcement of the law. There are those that take a ‘home mooring’ and therefore do not need to Bona Fide navigate, however when the navigation authority starts to make up their own rules and try to force these boaters to comply with the specific rules for boats without a home mooring this could be viewed as bullying.
  8. Ideal size boat?

    Because it would be more exciting and make a 'better story' ?
  9. Managed To Avoid A Nasty Accident Today

    That should be interesting. I have been reading thru the various T&Cs and it looks as if a ‘River Craft’ is an unpowered barge that is towed by a ‘propelling vessel’. (2) This paragraph applies to a river craft which is propelled by another vessel to which it is connected; (a) where one or more such river craft are so connected to the propelling vessel by means of one or more direct couplings, the said propelling vessel and river craft connected thereto shall be deemed to be a single vessel for the purpose of paragraph (a) above; (b) where one or more such river craft are so connected to the propelling vessel by any means other than one or more direct couplings, each such river craft shall have on board at least one person to assist in the navigation thereof.
  10. Managed To Avoid A Nasty Accident Today

    The text you originally quoted stated 'small craft' not 'river craft' so it is the definition of 'small craft' that is relevant Had "On entering the approaches, small craft are advised to contact VTS Humber " actually said "On entering the approaches, river craft are advised to contact VTS Humber" you may have had a point. Legally it certainly is 'the case', however as with many laws, they are flouted (speed limits for example), and until something goes wrong, or someone is 'caught' no one cares. It doesn't change the fact that it 'is the case'
  11. Managed To Avoid A Nasty Accident Today

    Why would C&RT enforce other authorities Bye-Laws ? - it is nothing to do with C&RT, C&RT have no responsibility below Gainsborough.
  12. Managed To Avoid A Nasty Accident Today

    Definitions : ....... ....... “jetty” means any jetty, quay, pier, wharf or landing place. “master” in relation to a vessel means the master or other person for the time being having or taking charge or command of the vessel. “river craft” means a vessel used in navigating the Humber and not passing from the Humber to sea. “small vessel” means a vessel of less than 12 metres in length. .......... ......... I am purely pointing out that the law demands that you do so. As Tony points out, it may now be 'unnecessary' with regard to other traffic, but, I would rather (in the event of an incident) have complied with a simple act and not give anyone the possibility of 'wriggling' out of their responsibilities, eg insurers saying insurance was invalid etc. etc.
  13. Managed To Avoid A Nasty Accident Today

    The ‘Devil is in the detail’ You are not actually reading it correctly and are just interpreting it to suit. The rules that you linked to actually say : On entering the approaches, small craft are advised to contact VTS Humber on VHF channel 14, informing them of their position and intentions, thus allowing VTS Humber to monitor their passage through the approaches What you are not noting is SMALL CRAFT. Small craft are those below 12 metres, at 12 metres + it is mandatory to contact VTS
  14. Managed To Avoid A Nasty Accident Today

    I always call up VTS and have found them courteous and glad of the call, it helps them when they can see a boat on Radar but it doesn't have AIS
  15. Managed To Avoid A Nasty Accident Today

    If APB controlled then you are correct. If C&RT controlled then single handled in the lock is OK, but how did you get there ? Once on the River there must be a minimum of two on board