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Old 02 November 2010, 05:01   #11
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Unfortunately to me it seems that the biggest obstacle to supplying low cost slipways and marina's in the UK is greed, not only on the part of the council's but also the likes of the big 'marina chains' Premier, MDL etc...
The chains dictate the market. We have 3 to be 4 decent marinas in Falmouth. One being Premier, the others, privately owned. Guess what? They're all pretty much the same price. However, in their defence, the initial set-up costs must be astronomic. But, from then on, how much do a bunch of students running around in shorts and polo shirts cost?
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Old 02 November 2010, 05:26   #12
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Hi Mollers

Yep, agree, but isnt it a shame then that Falmouth (or is it Truro?) council didnt decide to create a marina of their own, subsidised by the tax payer offering berths and launching at reduced rates?
At the end of the day my tax contributions seem to subsidise every other scheme and project that i have no interest in so for once it would be nice to actually benefit from all that money spent.....

About 8yrs ago i was in Falmouth on the Coastguard ETV 'Farsky', based there during two winters running. I then came back to Falmouth twice last year towing two commercial vessels into A&P.....Wow, what a change!!!......shame the Lord Nelson has gone though

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You guys need to come to Pembrokeshire. Free slipways and free pontoons. We think in the long term and see the econoomic benefits that Tourism brings for everybody from the newspaper shop to the hotel or B&B.
I was going to mention this, but didn't want to gloat.

When I hear about the charges imposed for use of 'public' slipways elsewhere in the country, I realise I shouldn't moan about our (free) pontoons being removed during the winter months.
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Old 02 November 2010, 09:13   #14
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are local councils greedy

charges seem to differ in regions, but for councils whom promote tourisum and lesuire, a ribster wishing to use a slipway from another county will pay 20quid to reg and 13 quid to use the slip, i have to put a sticker on my rib yearly, would it be possible to reg for the whole of uk, with for instance the rya, and pay a discounted rate et slipways,

a second sticker for your trailer, wardens could ..spot check...boats off the trailer,
and cover a number of slips, when was the last time you were asked to produce your boat docs at a slipway
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Here I can launch my RIB for free at the public slipway, and even park the car and trailer in the vicinity for free, the private marina charge approx 5, I think - haven't tried that lately... Some of the boat associations would like a small donation to launch.
Sort of makes up for the expensive beer
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Sort of makes up for the expensive beer
You must be doing a lot of launching.
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Hi Mollers

Yep, agree, but isnt it a shame then that Falmouth (or is it Truro?) council didnt decide to create a marina of their own,
True, but that's not the way it's done over here, unfortunately.

The Harbour Commissioners run the show, not the council.

Do you get involved with MTS?
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True, but that's not the way it's done over here, unfortunately.

The Harbour Commissioners run the show, not the council.

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Bonsoir Mr Mollers....

Yes, Tactow has on occasion come out to help us reel in the big fish....
The last one that we did was the 'Grandiosa'.... a 75000gt chinese bulker that used a Stbd channel marker for target practice on the Shannon. Nearly destroyed its prop so we went to tow it back from Ireland into your local friendly repair yard.
The vessel which we used for that was the 'Thrax'.
Last year we also brought in the 'sand weaver' as she had engine troubles....come to think of it, A&P should pay us commission!
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