Hmmmm.....as a charity I am not very happy that rescue launches now have to pay £35.
We'll just pass it on to the organisers but it is another barrier to these events having decent levels of safety cover and marshalling.
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12-04-12, 20:04 #11
12-04-12, 21:05 #12Thames MotorBoater? Care about the river? Join the www.tmba.org.uk/about-tmba
12-04-12, 21:56 #13
Well I hope so but I can see the argument that we aren't different.
We do try to make things safer but it can be very challenging at times!
12-04-12, 22:35 #14
I don't quite understand why you think that a rescue boat should be exempt? If its being used on the river then some sort of license charge should be expected, and at £35.00 it is a very nominal charge. Considering how many people would benefit from the service, recouping this charge would surely amount to pence per person...
12-04-12, 22:51 #15
12-04-12, 23:21 #16
Unfortunately some events are not run very well and the £270 - £335/hr some commercial organisations charge means that event organisers either put costs up or reduce the level of safety cover.
I can assure you now that 100 scullers won't fit on one 6m rib!
Instead we don't charge - we just ask for our expenses to be covered and this would include the £35 registration cost. Which then brings us back to the start of the vicious circle!!
Makes no difference to me- it just does to the rowers and other river users that we support.
Gavi - I can assure 110% it wasn't any of our boats causing you any wash but I can certainly point you in some directions!!!
One of my biggest concerns is the number of safety boats being used by events. We've been asked to provide 2 ribs for events on the R Nene over a 4km course. You just can't do that as if we had to travel to an incident -sure we'd get there but we'd leave a trail of destruction in our wake of other rowers and river users which isn't on! Using more safety boats which in turn creates less wash is the only answer I can see.
Plus I only use my "free licence" for safety cover and on the odd occasion I go on the Thames just as a regular boat owner - down to the pub for lunch for example, I buy I visitor licence. Not many people would do that!! I suppose with my £35 licence I would be less inclined to continue doing that! Oh and our boats are NOT kept afloat.
12-04-12, 23:25 #17
12-04-12, 23:34 #18
12-04-12, 23:51 #19
As I've said, makes not one bit of difference to us, but why the change all of a sudden?
In the past they have been encouraged, now they are effectively being discouraged and it risks being seen as an excuse.
13-04-12, 16:31 #20
Do you seriously think £35 p.a. is going to make a blind bit of difference to a club whose boat is used, say three days a week and shared between ten to twenty boats?
£0.60p per week...
Get a grip man!!Fifty Shades of Bray: Don't laugh, your Wife is probably on board...