Class Associations need to realise that safety boats are integral to their events.
No safety boats = no events.
We are lucky that there are no legal obligations at the moment so class associations need to organise a good quality safety fleet.
At the moment we regularly travel the country attending events and we expect our expenses covered.
If you ask for anymore money you may need to comply with the Work Boat Code of Practice and in the near future the Code of Practice for Rescue Boats. Its not worth getting in to it.
I would personally avoid cash lump sums. Get your boat skipper to provide an invoice for mileage (50p per mile towing a reasonable sized rib is the RYA rate) and accomodation, food etc. This can then be reimebursed after the event.
At least that way both the event organiser and the boat skipper are covered for income tax and coding requirements.
Plus lets be quite honest here, the safety crews get a nice day (Hopefully) on the water enjoying themselves. If you demand cash for doing the work your only going to end up not asked back the next year!
If anybody wants 4 boats for their event drop me an email!