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Old 05 February 2013, 07:36   #1
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MOT for Boats?

Do you think all water craft should have an annual safety check with a pass or fail like a car MOT?
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Old 05 February 2013, 07:46   #2
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No.

Given our conversation in your garage the other day about cowboy dealers/marine 'engineers' who on earth would you trust enough to do one?
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Old 05 February 2013, 07:57   #3
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No.

Else it would be the end of budget restoring projects.
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Old 05 February 2013, 08:07   #4
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No!

Boating costs enough as it is
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Old 05 February 2013, 08:17   #5
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I believe river boats need a safety certificate already?
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Old 05 February 2013, 08:17   #6
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Mmmmmm controversial!

How's about a compulsory licence/test for the helmsman?

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No, because for me getting on the water means getting away from all that c__p! There is too much regulation on shore, lets not take it off shore with us.
Isn't it self regulating anyway, those that have safety as a prime requirement enjoy the water safely and come back for more, those that don't will probably figure in the Darwin Awards, or at least be put off for life.
I think that safety on the water is far more about how a particular craft is used, rather than any inherent fault that would be picked up by an 'MOT'.
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I will sit on the fence.

I agree it is on the face of it a good idea, and would not be opposed to it, just as I believe licencing, and training should be mandatory, and it would be a way to ensure that owners have lifejackets, flares and a seaworthy boat, but it then leads on to enforcment.

People would get away with not having it, You could make it a requirement for insurance, but then people would not insure the boats. Then who will do the inspection, I can see it would be a nice little earner for some, and would be open to abuse by others. To make it workable you would need a similar system the the current MOT for cars, and computerised records, and sanctions to the testing station if there were boats being passed that were not fit. A beaurocratic nightmare. It would be easier to insist everyone is trained and insured!

You could get Harbour Masters to try to enforce it at the slips, or before someone uses a mooring, but then smaller craft will launch off beaches, and larger ones will try to beach launch in order to avoid it. I have no doubt it works in other countries, and it might be worth looking at, but at the moment I can not see a way that it could work with our current rules (or lack of!)

The majority of Rib Netters I am sure would probably pass a rudimentary MOT, I guess a bit like the one the RNLI runs,used to be called Boat check was it?

Talking of which, I must remember to book one next time I am home!
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Hull Structural ( survey )test or a safety equipment check like the RNLI (free sea check ) where hull structure doesn't come into it & it's just the safety / emergency equipment that's advised upon .

Think most marine insurers would have a field day especially if any armature or d.i.y work has been carried out on the actual structure of the boat or hull .
Then How far will the test go just basic or deep intrusive tests into osmosis, cracks , moisture content . Fittings tested such as rigging , shackles , material specs . Competence of who did the work then as everything else such as mot tests there are testers that are looking to fail & those who perhaps know about things & may pass the same vehicle .

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Then How far will the test go just basic or deep intrusive tests into osmosis, cracks , moisture content .
Then there wouldn't be any Seariders left on the waters...
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