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Old 19 July 2012, 02:56   #11
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Nostalgia is not was it used to be either.
Good old days !
you can't beat a couple of crushed thumbs , wet backside, wet foot , clonk on the head and a few rope burns on the palms of your hands and skinned elbow from the exposed spinning flywheel of a seagull outboard plus the taste of 1/10 petrol mix when blowing out the jets in the carb
oh and the chaff on your wrists from the elastic cuffs of a Brinylon anorack and the Victory) ex ww2 kapok lifejacket around your neck from the local surplus army and navy store .
And always having on the forefront of your mind to swim away from the 6 ft pram dinghy if it sinks in case you get pulled down with it , well I was only 6 .and always watched the war films on tv on a Sunday afternoon lol
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Old 19 July 2012, 06:20   #12
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What a great childhood you had! Rather like mine and our kids at that age. We lived in Cley and had a big old open boat moored by the mill. Once or twice a year we'd take them to school in Blakeney by boat. Good times!!
But all things must pass. They are grown up now: one's a nurse and the other rebuilds old VW Beetles and Campervans. But we still get out on the water. Nowadays though, is no longer waterline speed only. Aren't RIBs and SIBS just great!
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Old 19 July 2012, 10:31   #13
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Ok i know what its actually for I took the test so i am not exactly a retard though a few may beg to differ lol
do you actually go boating abroad though? if not or only very infrequently then why renew it until you need it? As I understand it there is no difference in cost or process between renewing a lapsed ICC and an almost expired one?

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why not make it a lifetime issue ,it's not like you need to do a refresher course or test every 5 years or have a drugs or medical test for it .
I'd guess there may be some rules within the international agreement that set it up which means it cannot be issued indefinitely? IIRC they have a photo don't they which also makes issuing lifetime versions harder.

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Just seems to be a monopoly money making jobs for the boys type of thing .
as Doug at storm force pointed out on the other recent thread its not a monopoly there are other ways to get an ICC - they all cost more!
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my wife took her cycling proficency test when she was 8 years old but she doesent have to renew it and part with a load of cash every 5 years
but a cycling proficiency test doesn't actually entitle you to do anything; a better analogy would be a driving licence or even a passport where every 10 yrs you need to pay to renew it and update the photo - in return for the bit of paper you get to do something.
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Old 19 July 2012, 17:30   #14
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Thanks for clearing up those issues Poly
Funny thing is that I had to rescue the instructor and examiner much to their embarrasment a couple of months before I did the test when they were blown hard aground on a local man made reef
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Old 20 July 2012, 02:41   #15
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Hi, First time poster. Here in NZ, we are supposed to carry a life jacket for each person on board, but no requirement to actually wear the thing.
Insurance, boat rego/name, communication equipment, are not compulsory. Nor any form of licenceing, or instructional certification required.

To operate a motor powered vessel, you are supposed to be 15yrs.

Years ago almost all schools had a swimming pool and most children learnt to swim. With the onset of the PC brigade, Most schools have closed the pools, and NZ's drowning rate has gone through the roof. We have almost, an entire generation who can not swim.

I think regulations may raise awareness of the dangers for some, but for many, some rules are an overkill.

Regulations dont compensate for common sense.
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