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Old 17 March 2015, 10:44   #1
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Future for Boating

I have been at a meeting today with coding authorities from the MCA today looking at a standard for commercial operators.

During the course of this we discussed legislation and from those present at the meeting we gained the impression that the future of boating as seen from a Government prospective will be legislation as they see the industry in the leisure marker as unregulated. i.e Anyone can buy a boat and do what they want within Navigation and anti collision regs.

Due to the incidents resulting in deaths/injuries there is clearly a long term discussion occuring about how to reduce said incidents. This is not likely to happen overnight or the short term but I would be surprised if this did not occur.
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oooh legislation again...
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Just another way of squeezing money out of people enjoying themselves.

Maybe they should look at regulating DIY'ers..... plenty accidents and deaths each year with that hobby
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Just another way of squeezing money out of people enjoying themselves.

Maybe they should look at regulating DIY'ers..... plenty accidents and deaths each year with that hobby
Yeah, but nobody with chums in government/the meeja.
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Just another way of squeezing money out of people enjoying themselves.
Its called fuel Tax
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It's called fun tax, anything to do with fun is taxed,
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It's called fun tax, anything to do with fun is taxed,

't all depends on what you do for fun
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Would happen sooner or later, however, if you insure your boat, and do a reasonable course i.e. PB2, and VHF, and get your boat serviced, you have probably achieved more than the government would put in place.

At this time, I certainly do not intend to worry about it !!
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Due to the incidents resulting in deaths/injuries there is clearly a long term discussion occuring about how to reduce said incidents. This is not likely to happen overnight or the short term but I would be surprised if this did not occur.
You'd be surprised if what did not occur? Predicting the future is easy when you don't say what or when!

I'll flip it on its head and say I'd be amazed if there was any new UK legislation requiring licensing or registration of leisure boats or their operators in the next ten years. Bear in mind that not only do you need the civil servants to desire it you need it to be a political priority (vote winner, revenue generator or cost saver). I think mandatory insurance and possibly mandatory life jackets might come, but probably even that is not in the next decade.

And I believe that so strongly that if someone "from government" was telling me otherwise without a credible case or an explanation of what and when, then I'd be sceptical about anything else they presented as they clearly aren't in a position of real influence!
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Would happen sooner or later, however, if you insure your boat, and do a reasonable course i.e. PB2, and VHF, and get your boat serviced, you have probably achieved more than the government would put in place.

At this time, I certainly do not intend to worry about it !!
I doubt those things would be top of any legislation priority, it would more likely come in the guise of compulsory registration & annual taxation. The registration would be justified on security/immigration/borders grounds & the taxation would ostensibly be to pay for it. Eventually the taxation would be ramped up until it turned a profit a la road tax. All the other bits & bobs, qualifications, insurance, lifejackets etc. would be bolted on just to dress it up as 'elf 'n safety so Joe Public nodded it through.
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