Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 22 April 2011, 10:35   #1
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Bedford
Make: Honwave 2.7 VIB
Length: under 3m
Engine: Outboard 4hp
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 35
Grrrrrr license!!!

Anyone else use Environment Agency waterways?

I applied for my license 2 and a 1/2 weeks ago via post (the only way you can do it) and although I've rung them on more than a couple of occasions they still haven't processed it yet, although they have received the paperwork. This means my prior arrangements for taking my friend and his kids out for some Bank Holiday fun have been ruined, or I have to run the risk of hoping any officers that stop me believe my story. You can only apply for your license at the beginning of April too to get a full year, so they must have an absolute deluge all at once.

Why they can't have an Internet payment option in this day and age like British Waterways do is beyond me

I've only got a 2.7m Honwave with a 4hp outboard, kept at home in the shed, not a 30ft Marina moored cruiser.

Anyone care to offer any opinions up on what might happen if I do decide to chance it tomorrow and get stopped? How likely would it be for me to even see an EA officer, this is my first year of Sibbing so have no prior experience.
__________________

__________________
stepaway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 April 2011, 10:59   #2
RIBnet supporter
 
C2 RIBS's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Hants
Boat name: Gemineye
Make: Ribeye S850 charter
Length: 8m +
Engine: 300hp
MMSI: 235097445
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3,029
Quote:
Originally Posted by stepaway View Post
Anyone else use Environment Agency waterways?

I applied for my license 2 and a 1/2 weeks ago via post (the only way you can do it) and although I've rung them on more than a couple of occasions they still haven't processed it yet, although they have received the paperwork. This means my prior arrangements for taking my friend and his kids out for some Bank Holiday fun have been ruined, or I have to run the risk of hoping any officers that stop me believe my story. You can only apply for your license at the beginning of April too to get a full year, so they must have an absolute deluge all at once.

Why they can't have an Internet payment option in this day and age like British Waterways do is beyond me

I've only got a 2.7m Honwave with a 4hp outboard, kept at home in the shed, not a 30ft Marina moored cruiser.

Anyone care to offer any opinions up on what might happen if I do decide to chance it tomorrow and get stopped? How likely would it be for me to even see an EA officer, this is my first year of Sibbing so have no prior experience.
Having lived alongside the Thames for many years before moving to the coast, If you plan on Thames work their launches will be out and the lock keepers always check for licences at this time of year BUT you have in your favour the application which should not stop you using the waterways.
The Devizes to Westminster canoe race is running for the Easter weekend with non stop pros and then the amateurs over several days so it will be busy.

If you have any cheques stubs etc to show payment has been sent it is a way of reducing any water authority person from keeping you long. Just go out and enjoy yourself.
__________________
Ian
Rib charter and Rib hire with www.c2ribs.co.uk
C2 RIBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 April 2011, 11:14   #3
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Bedford
Make: Honwave 2.7 VIB
Length: under 3m
Engine: Outboard 4hp
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 35
Hmmm, no cheque stub unfortunately, I sent it with a direct debit form.

Sorry, also I should have said in my first post, I'll be out on the Great Ouse in Bedfordshire, so no racers to worry about, and no locks to go through as I'll only be pootling up and down one stretch of the river.

Guess I'll have to chance it, this weathers just to good an opportunity to miss out on.

Cheers for your help chap 
__________________
stepaway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23 April 2011, 03:01   #4
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: London
Boat name: Janey
Make: Zodiac
Length: 4m +
Engine: Outboard Yamaha 20hp
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 47
You'll be fine,
You've sent your money and application of which there'll be a record and besides if there's no locks to negotiate it's highly unlikely you'll get stopped. They're more concerned with boats with big wash rather than Sibs.
Have a great time, I'm off out on the Thames today for my first trip of the year.
__________________
Bighag7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23 April 2011, 06:00   #5
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Bedford
Make: Honwave 2.7 VIB
Length: under 3m
Engine: Outboard 4hp
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bighag7 View Post
You'll be fine,
You've sent your money and application of which there'll be a record and besides if there's no locks to negotiate it's highly unlikely you'll get stopped. They're more concerned with boats with big wash rather than Sibs.
Have a great time, I'm off out on the Thames today for my first trip of the year.
Cool and the gang
__________________
stepaway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24 April 2011, 05:31   #6
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Bedford
Make: Honwave 2.7 VIB
Length: under 3m
Engine: Outboard 4hp
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 35
Just a quick post to say no arrests were made yesterday and I remain at large in the community

Here we are on the run from the Feds on our way down to the Mexican border!

Hope you've all had a good weekend out on the water

__________________
stepaway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24 April 2011, 09:10   #7
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Blakeney
Boat name: Lindy
Make: Avon
Length: 3m +
Engine: Tohatsu 9.8
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 98
Re: Grrrrr license!!!

I have to say that I've never been stopped or asked for a license. Little SIBs seem to be thought of as tenders to big boats, so they don't appear to be bothered...........
__________________

__________________
raymillard is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:07.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.