Relply to rupert bear.
You asked about how strict the rule is on diabetics.
I am insulin dependant and have had massive difficulty getting past the statements on the ML5 form issued by mca and Rya.
I was advised it is case by case, but I would be unlikely to get authority to go out far on my own.
"you are unlikely to be issued with a licence/ certificate if,for example.
then various conditions listed
"if you need injections of insulin for diabetes"
I also got a print from MCA site on their list it states
insulin dependant = 4 (permanently unfit~~~)
non insulin dependant stabilised in abscence of complications
graded as 1 = fit but may require supervision for 2 years.
I understand that the GP can do a medical however the fact is that diabetes is on the list issued by the MCA and adopted by all the authorities who may not realise that a good diabetic knows he/she is ill etc etc before he or she has a problem, they also have concerns about if you need to exert yourself for long periods.
I have phoned the MCA who are brilliant and suggest that I send in an ML5 etc for consideration and advise that if I can be put on the water they will get me there however it may be with say crew on board etc.
It does matter where you go.
I was advised to put a case with the medical ie showing
where I was operating, the proximity to land and rescue etc, the equipment on the boat ie hydraulic steering , electric trim tilt, lucozade placed in bow , mid section and to stern of boat, experiences of friends as references also reccomended as were those of the specialist treating you. Details of the lack of hypos and statem,ents of how much warning you get of lows etc.
why equipment , aparently all these gizmos may save the valuable energy for when an emergency occurs.
I am lucky I have chosen to operate in what are termed CATAgorised waters and as such the waters are not regarded as sea in the same way.
The MCA are printing as we speak the codes for small passenger vessels operating in catagorised waters, one of the main benefits are that there is the significant potential of me getting afloat,
phone for details as it is all very complicated.
apologies if some comments appear jaded I do realise public health is an issue and that there is now the individual case by case assessment, but it appears there is still the need dogged persistance to win on this area.01227 373372 mike .Good luck