Jackeen: Can the MCA prosecute? Yes http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga-ne...tions_2001.htm
The Coastguard is taking a great interest in coded/uncoded craft. We’ve been approached twice by the Coastguards in Poole who popped into Cobbs Quay & checked out who was operating and I know of charter craft boarded (and shut down) outside the entrance to Poole Harbour for a breach of the codes.
Jackeen: You’re not far wrong re the number of Trainers - 175, Advanced Instructors - 509, Powerboat Instructors – 4809. I think the number of Advanced Instructors will rise quite a lot this year quite a lot due to the new Intermediate course (only Advanced Instructors can teach it)
Louise: Agreed 2k for the boat kit, about £300/400 to get it surveyed, then an annual charge each year.
Jono: There are seemingly a few ways to look at getting Cat 3 coding without too much difficulty. 1) a tent like structure from the a frame to the bow properly tied down, 2) Austen on this forum has a Ribeye coded to Cat 3 but with some nighttime restrictions (10 miles from a safe haven rather than 20 – is there anything else Austen?) 2) and I believe pairing boats to operate together can make a difference. You’ll need proper advice though, track down a surveyor with specific RIB experience as some are far more helpful than others.
SCM/Stuart: My ‘safer/better’ refers to my view that if you are venturing into the area of commercial work I would rather follow the letter of the MCA law – even if it is not 100% required to do so in a particular area. This is though a personal view.
RYA schools: The RYA is a ‘Certifying Authority’ designated as such by the MCA (ie you can pay them to survey your vessel for coding, MECAL & YBDSA are others) and as such effectively codes training RIBs under the Red Code for Cat 5 & 6 operation – 3 miles from a nominated departure point. The slight anomaly being this extends to night time work for Advanced Courses