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    Angry Beached trimaran: can you believe what happened?

    When the new owner of a Telstar 8M trimaran found his starboard float was taking on water off Harwich, on his way home to Holland two weeks ago, he turned back across the Thames Estuary and beached the boat safely at Joss Bay under the cliffs of North Foreland. He and his nephew calmly made a meal and while they were considering what to do next, the police made him abandon the boat, the coastguard removed the engine and halyards, and the local council said they would break up the boat if it was not removed forthwith! The MCA then slapped a detention order preventing the boat from going back to sea without a survey, further complicating and delaying the salvage operation which was successfully carried out a week later by friends from Hoo Ness YC on the Medway.

    The skipper did not call for help and did not get any, though it seems an onlooker called the lifeboats. What he got from three sets of bureaucrats was one hindrance after another!

    Can you believe it? The full story is at http://www.hooness.org.uk/article_de...p?ArticleID=56
    Last edited by tony_lavelle; 30-05-13 at 17:08.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony_lavelle View Post
    Can you believe it?
    Sure, I can believe it. Sounds about right for this country.
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    As you suggest, it sounds absolutely crazy, and must have been unbelievably frustrating and annoying.

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    Also curious as to what prohibition notice could be served. I thought these only applied to commercial craft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealB View Post
    As you suggest, it sounds absolutely crazy, and must have been unbelievably frustrating and annoying.
    and why did someone remove the halyards of all things, what was the purpose in doing that except to make sure the yacht could not sail?



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    Sounds about right for our h and s insensed officials, its bound to scare the foreigners away when they hear about this, maybe that's the objective....

    where has the common sense gone in these modern times, and we say we are a free country, starting to sound like a police state.

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    as skipper I would have fought them off with all means at my disposal
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    I bought a boat to sail in the Uk to avoid this sort of thing,although even the Spanish who love filling in paperwork would not have been so unhelpful..

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    Maybe the RYA should take a look....could have ramifications for us all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealB View Post
    Maybe the RYA should take a look....could have ramifications for us all?
    Inform Gus Lewis then
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