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Old 06 July 2014, 08:18   #21
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There's a bit of it that goes on around here. If the pontoon owners/operators have a point, it's how that point is made. The infamous 'Pontoon Pete' down at Mylor Harbour is an ignorant pr*ck. Ian and his Wife, who run Helford River Boats and the ferry pontoon on the Helford River are great. Bung 'em a fiver and tie up alongside for a beer or two in the FBI. . Similar set-ups, very different operators.
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But "Bung em a fiver" is all very well and good till some nobbur bungs him a fiver and either trips on the way down the pontoon and sue's his ass off or his rib gets damaged on a pointy bit of pontoon and the nobbur sue's his ass off...

So he's insured it for his own use. I bet he could insure it for public use for a fee but I bet the fee needed is a lot of "fivers"

If he has clear markings on it that says its not for public use then he doesn't need to be polite about telling people to ef off. He may find it improves his reputation if he does. But if every nobbur who comes along thinks its ok to drop people off even if they aren't mooring up then I can see why he would get pi$$ed off pretty quick...
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My undertanding of the situation re the pontoon at Lulworth Cove is as follows:

1. The "Lulworth Cowboy" of yore is no longer involved in the operation.
2. The new operators have some kind of lease from the local Estate.
3. This lease does not permit use of the pontoon by the public.
4. I imagine their insurance reflects this situation.

I may have missed something, but that's the jist of it. I can't QUITE make out the writing in the photo, but I bet it isn't an invitation to use the pontoon

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I love it when people guess about how insurance works.....

Anyhow...if the weathers good o don't mind running the ribcraft to the beach. Just more for biff to fix in a few months;-)
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Old 06 July 2014, 09:05   #25
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But "Bung em a fiver" is all very well and good till some nobbur bungs him a fiver and either trips on the way down the pontoon and sue's his ass off or his rib gets damaged on a pointy bit of pontoon and the nobbur sue's his ass off...

So he's insured it for his own use. I bet he could insure it for public use for a fee but I bet the fee needed is a lot of "fivers"

If he has clear markings on it that says its not for public use then he doesn't need to be polite about telling people to ef off. He may find it improves his reputation if he does. But if every nobbur who comes along thinks its ok to drop people off even if they aren't mooring up then I can see why he would get pi$$ed off pretty quick...
Obviously, it's according to the individual operators ins policy.

Then, he may choose whether to allow Joe Public use of or not. As mentioned, the operator can do whatever the f'k he likes, being polite when enforcing his wishes would be correct and business like.
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I can't QUITE make out the writing in the photo, but I bet it isn't an invitation to use the pontoon
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But "Bung em a fiver" is all very well and good till some nobbur bungs him a fiver and either trips on the way down the pontoon and sue's his ass off or his rib gets damaged on a pointy bit of pontoon and the nobbur sue's his ass off...

So he's insured it for his own use. I bet he could insure it for public use for a fee but I bet the fee needed is a lot of "fivers"

If he has clear markings on it that says its not for public use then he doesn't need to be polite about telling people to ef off. He may find it improves his reputation if he does. But if every nobbur who comes along thinks its ok to drop people off even if they aren't mooring up then I can see why he would get pi$$ed off pretty quick...
Oh dear quite a way off the mark there aint we!!!
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The ranges are normally closed at weekends and I think are closed for the whole of August. For those arriving from Poole and all points East, they will cross Worbarrow Bay before arriving at Lulworth.
Another secluded bay is Chapmans Pool.
Beware the shallow reef to the West of St Albans Head, you need to stay at least .5mile off shore until passing Kimmeridge.
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I know this area quite well, I use to dive all along there and launch from kimmeridge, some nice memories and lazy days along there
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