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Old 24 July 2006, 09:56   #11
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We have to register any boat that is capable of more than 7 knots or is 14, can't remember right now. You then get a 'JY' speedboat number after you have shown that you have third party insurance cover. Daft thing is that you only need cover for the day you register it. They don't need proof that the insurance is for the full year. It doesn't stop the idiots mind you or the ill prepared from having problems.
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Old 24 July 2006, 11:20   #12
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I still find it slightly strange that we still only need to offer ANY information on a voluntary basis through the MCA CG66 scheme. I wouldn't mind being a victim of a bit of big brother attitude if it meant that me, the family and a LOT of other water users would not be put at risk by unskilled, unprepared and uninsured craft users.

I am also a windsurfer and a mate of mine got hit by an uninsured jet ski pilot a few years ago and had to take a considerable time off work to get his leg re-built etc. No financial recompense or assistance for his treatment as the bloke was not only uninsured but wasn't worth sueing either!
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Boating Safety

Interesting topic with many viewpoints.

In the U.S. we are required to have flares, life jackets, whistle, fire extinguisher, and a few other items. I have been a whitewater rafter most of my life and I allways wear a life jacket on a river, but sadly I haven't gotten into the habit of wearing it on my boat unless the seas are rough. I don't require passengers to wear them either unless they are under the age of 15, but I allways recommend them. The more accidents I see where a jacket has saved lives, the more I am considering buying a comfortable life jacket and using it allways. Glad to see these people survived, and I hope others will learn from it.

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Old 24 July 2006, 12:33   #14
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.............. The more accidents I see where a jacket has saved lives, the more I am considering buying a comfortable life jacket and using it allways. ................ Jimmy
How many people die in the US in boating related drowning?Des
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Old 24 July 2006, 16:39   #15
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As part of my role with a well known Harbour Patrol, we have been asked to advise folks if we think that either their boat or their personal equipment is lacking for a trip on the water. I have lost count of the number of times we have been told to "go away " and heard "what the f*** has it got to do with you". But there again I suppose we are seen as "authority" along the lines of traffic wardens (as at least one member of this forum seems to think we are ) Perhaps we should have the boats re-labeled with the words "Harbour Safety Patrol"
Dont suppose it could of been four persons in a small speedboat who told you
to "go away" and what the f*** has it got to do with you before heading out
to st catherines, Could it!
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. But there again I suppose we are seen as "authority" along the lines of traffic wardens (as at least one member of this forum seems to think we are )

So what exactly do you do that is so important to Portsmouth Harbour ?
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In that case, RW - there's two of you

Would agree with your comment about more peeps wearing l/j's on the bigger boats & saily thingies but not noticed a lot of change on the smaller sports boats which are the ones that seem to have the problems.
Well I am a Gemini!

The small speedboat is the last bastion of the young stud, it's also an incredibly eaasy in to boating. you can get a Fletcher GTO with a 70 for probaly under 600 quid Why waste another 800 hundred on a couple of trining courses and 4 lifejackets!

Somebody made a comment about insurance and somebody else made a comment about impounding.......I think that is the answer compulsary insurance and the boat gets impounded if you cant produce the insurance doc's or relevant safety stuff
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I think that is the answer compulsary insurance and the boat gets impounded if you cant produce the insurance doc's or relevant safety stuff
Couldnt agree more!

On another note, I was standing on the slipway today with 6 customers when there was a big bang behind us. A boat on its trailer had come off a car while launching, it rolled down the slip in to a parked car which got pushed in to another car.

Now whos insurance does this go off? car or boat?

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How many people die in the US in boating related drowning?Des
The last year I could find was for 2004. Fatalities on water are listed at 676. At that time, the 10 year high was in 1995 at 829. 10 year low was actually 2004. These figures include all boat related deaths.

The report states that approximately 70% drowned (484 out of 676); 90% of the drowning victims were not wearing lifejackets (431?)

70% of all fatalities occured on a vessel where the operator had no formal training in operation (not a big surprise there; that's half the information you need to draw a conclusion.)

Report is viewable online at:

http://www.uscgboating.org/statistic...stics_2004.pdf


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