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Old 08 August 2006, 22:29   #31
Country: UK - England
Town: Bridlington, E Yorks
Boat name: Stormchild
Make: Ribquest 5.8
Length: 6m +
Engine: Suzuki DF115TUL
MMSI: 235030489
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 83
I'm no fan of the nanny state, but the crazy behaviour we all see far to often exhibited by muppets like these, will no doubt one day bring about some kind of formal registration and regulation, which will be very expensive to administrate and police. The cost of which will end up being born by us. But its not just speed boaters that do it. Last season I heard a transmission from a day fishing charter boat out of bridlington, that was reporting a small yacht having lost its rudder, there was one woman in the water, who was hanging onto the side of the fishing boat, and another bloke drifting very fast towards flamborough head in a 4 - 5 in his 8 - 10 foot sailing dinghy. I was less than a mile away and assisted, recovering the 2 numpties and towing the boat back to the beach, where he was met by the coast guard mobile. Granted they had bouyancy aids on - oh and the dinghy had a sail, but that was it. Were it not for the fishing boat spotting them, they would have been utterly compromised.
By virtue of the fact that we have all chosen RIB's for our boating; we enjoy going into what is often a difficult & dangerous environment, in pursuit of our leisure and push our own boundaries for the exhilaration and fun of it all - The best thing we can all do is continue to demonstrate responsible seamanship and lead by example........and avoid all attempts to bring about mandatory regulations / licensing which will not achieve anything other than to cost a fortune and restrict us. We'll end up being brought to book for having all of the right qualifications, insurances, well maintained equipment, passage planning etc, because on one occasion, we've not got a piece of paper with us on the day they chose to look at our vessel on the slipway........

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are for what we could become. (& then get the RIB out !)
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