Originally Posted by DGR
It would be cheaper to code them than it is to buy them.
They have bought a fleet of boats to look good in a 'UK/Olympic corporate' way - if you are going to do it, then do it properly.
If you or I were to say to the MCA that we didn't need full coding to provide safety boat cover for an event for the reasons that you give above - how far do you think you'd get?
Also - who is operating the boats? RYA peeps operating under an exemption, or commercial, qualified skippers?
the boats will be used by people who have given up there time freely, all will need to be at least pb2, these boats are not to be confused with the commercial boats that are plying for business and getting paid.
as for how far would i get, well you could get local authority to inspect them with nominated port, (boatman licence), but that has it's own problems in this case.
i am a commercial skipper with a coded rib, i won't be using my boat and i will be doing the olympic's for nothing and all the test events leading up to it, forgive me for being blunt but the only people moaning about this are the one trying to earn out of it
i don't know for sure but i think the new boats and engines were done on a buy back scheme or maybe donated,i think this was put out to general tender but they couldn't get enough of the right boats and people wanted paying