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Old 12 February 2015, 07:24   #21
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There's a story does the rounds here, maybe urban myth: Once upon a recent time, the Irish DOT decided to sharpen up the rules for coded craft. And thought that it would be funny to include all rescue craft. So the Rules got Writ and lo, RNLI craft were going to need a "major rethink" as they "didn't comply"

Much debate ensued. The RNLI wanted an exemption, the DOT rather thought not.

Finally, it came to a meeting in Dublin between the RNLI top dog and the Minister. Minister says, well, my Department have these Rules and ultimately, you'll have to comply, even if it means rebuilding your boats.

RNLI dude says, see all those 3,000,000 offshore boats, all those 250,000 inshore boats? One text from me and they're moored in Poole the day after tomorrow. Your turn...

RNLI got an exemption
nice one RNLI dude, wouldn't want that on your CV minister!

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Old 12 February 2015, 08:14   #22
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Originally Posted by willk View Post
There were a great many issues
Why am i not surprised

Thanks for that.

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Old 12 February 2015, 08:37   #23
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Why am i not surprised
I neglected to mention at the beginning that I've met Astrid on my travels. There was a certain hint of "soap dodger" about her general demeanor....
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