At the end of last year I mentioned the Professional Charter Association-
The PCA is a non- profit making organisation which promotes and protect, the interests of its members and the safety of passengers, crews and vessels at all times. Charterer’s interests are upheld and the PCA ensures that its members operate within or exceed national regulations covering Charter Vessels.
Professional Charter Association | PCA | Yacht & Sailing Charters
I have been a member for the past year and found the links to other operators is a bonus. They have recently formatted a presentation type folder for MCA inspections which has a memorandum of understanding with the MCA about the procedures for inspecting our boats. We can also pre book an annual inspection at a time and location to suit all. The flag recognition and folder presentation is a great help to us as operators with the MCA.
I have been speaking with the chairperson (notice PC speak) and we are always interested in new members. From memory I believe we have only three RIB operators and increasing it will be a bonus to everyone. Recently several members have been liaising directly with the MCA over coding issues which has given us some help( appreciate this is a massive area under change/review)
We can also gain discounts on safety equipment and some other areas all held within a members area. Other areas of interest have been speakers in areas of MAIB and VAT.
Anyone interested please follow through the above link - I am sure I have omitted loads