Originally Posted by gaelforce
I suspect this is all to do with population density. I never heard of anyone looking for money for parking or launching on the west coast of Ireland.
I suppose reading this tells me of how things are going to be one day.
In the case of 'wpnsa.org.uk' my local slipway, its a complete boating complex away from any housing or shops but as such they charge as they have a complex to run ie; maintainence/security/office staff/ect.ect although some is funded by the RYA not all of it is, & i think the same is to be said for most other slipways ie 'public' may be paid for by the local counsil by if they did not charge something locals who did'nt have boats would say why should we pay for it (good point why should they?) but we all know that as boat owners it is not a cheap hobby by any means & 'a boat is a hole in the water that we are privaliged enough to be able to through money into' but we all love it anyway, so i think we all have to exept that having to pay for anything is a way of life these days, you just have to select the best places to spend it. I must say that your extremley lucky in western Ireland!
If you want to expirence being charged over the top you should try parking in Chelsea 20p for 3 mins!!!! Oh & £8.00 congestion charge to get there
after that everywhere feels cheap!