Originally Posted by BruceB
Because the RYA knows that stringent regultion will have several effects.
It will heavily reduce the numbers of people taking up boating and will strangle the very reason a lot of folk use boats in the first place.
Stringent??...who said ANYTHING about the wanted regulations being stingent?
Anyway. i would have thought it pretty obvious why the RYA would be concerned if fewer people take up boating.....
Approximately 50% of their income comes from subscriptions and sales of RYA goods.
They are a commercial company and therefore like any other commercial operation have to look after their own interests. If you read the annual report you will see that, in their own words, the biggest risk to the RYA in the near future is a drop in member subscriptions and therefore revenue.
This percieved threat actually ranks higher than the risk of damage to their reputation through any isolated incident or event.
So yeah, of course they will resist any regulation that potentially causes a drop to the number of people taking up boating.
And you may have thought that it was because they "cared" about our favorite passtime?
I believe that if there was a drop in the number of people taking to the water then it would only filter out the people who weren't serious about it anyway. At least the newcomers that did go through somekind of minimum education would at least take the activity seriously.