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Old 27 May 2015, 18:09   #21
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We have regulations over here but we also have a much bigger boating community than the UK.

We all need a boating licence for any boat capable of more than 10 knots.

Children under 10 have to wear life jackets at all time. All crew have to wear type 1 life jackets crossing bars (river mouths).

Every boat has to have an in-date set of safety equipment.

Boats and trailers need to be registered yearly and we also have regular on water inspections from the maritime, police, marine parks etc etc.

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Old 28 May 2015, 02:53   #22
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We have regulations over here but we also have a much bigger boating community than the UK.

We all need a boating licence for any boat capable of more than 10 knots.

Children under 10 have to wear life jackets at all time. All crew have to wear type 1 life jackets crossing bars (river mouths).

Every boat has to have an in-date set of safety equipment.

Boats and trailers need to be registered yearly and we also have regular on water inspections from the maritime, police, marine parks etc etc.

Jon
Bigger relative to population?

Does it stop people going out in boats they shouldn't?

Registration... ...does that mean inspection for seaworthyness or just a number...? Could I register that boat made from insulation boards?
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Old 28 May 2015, 03:09   #23
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We have regulations over here but we also have a much bigger boating community than the UK.

We all need a boating licence for any boat capable of more than 10 knots.

Children under 10 have to wear life jackets at all time. All crew have to wear type 1 life jackets crossing bars (river mouths).

Every boat has to have an in-date set of safety equipment.

Boats and trailers need to be registered yearly and we also have regular on water inspections from the maritime, police, marine parks etc etc.

Jon
Problem here is our government would just use these regulations as a way of making money out of those who complied and do next to nothing about those who didn't. The regulations that are vigorously pursued are things like parking where there's easy money to be made.
And, the 10kn "line" would excuse the two "boats" highlighted in this thread .
If there's ever going to be anything put in place, it has to be something that works and the best solution for that is education.
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Old 28 May 2015, 09:06   #24
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Bigger relative to population?

Does it stop people going out in boats they shouldn't?

Registration... ...does that mean inspection for seaworthyness or just a number...? Could I register that boat made from insulation boards?
With a total population of around 24 million the state Im living in alone has over 250000 registered boats. With eight states around the coastline of Australia I would say bigger not by population but by the amount of boats owned in this country. I recently cut back to owning 2 boats, was costing to much in all the registrations.

As for seaworthiness you don't see to many people in boats made from insulation boards (not that stupid).

I have been on boats from the age of 4 also owned many and worked on them in the UK before moving over here. I thought I had seen seen my share of rough weather on trawlers and crab boats fishing the English channel. I soon got a rude awakening on my first day out on a shark netting boat in 6m swells, the sea is nothing like the chop I regularly experienced back home which is why you don't see people out in piles of junk over here.

The money we pay in rego goes towards government bodies who check we are going to sea in safe boats. We also have strict fishing regulations and marine parks which is why the fishing is so good.

Regular forecasts are better suited to big wave surfers than boat owners.





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Old 28 May 2015, 15:42   #25
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it has to be something that works and the best solution for that is education.
Agree 100% however th e muppets who go so sea in cardboard boxes already know everything or they wouldnt be going. so they don't need education.

Until a method of assessing boat condition, skipper competence etc and a way of policing the same can be agreed upon we are spinning wheels.
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