I have had very little to do with the RYA.
Howevew this is because I belive the name says it all. Many people belive that power boats, and especially us blow up lot are not a group thats worth listening to. The large gin palace lot tend to get heard more but I am sure thats more to do with the money involved than anything else.
The one big problem for any changes is that once a group is recognised as representing "all" boaters it becomed very dificult or impossible to get other groups heard and have a say.
To that end I belive that the changes need to happed within the RYA and not the forming of another group.
It may be better to have specific representation within the RYA for each group, i.e. the comittiee made up of say 2 yacht people, 2 power curiser people, 2 RIB people, two dingy sailers etc.
In some ways is may be catch 22. I dont bother joining because I dont belive the RYA has anything to offer me, so cant really complain when I dont get represented.
Given what is happening within the UK and europe these days I am not sure how much any single organisation can bring to bear on policy changes.
As far as joining what do I get for my £28 per year, well I may join to get a ICC but that would be a one off. After that the only issue that they have been involved in which is of any interest to me, which I belive will have a hugh impact on power boating is the TAX issue on diesel and this has only been put off.
If I could see some real benifits in joining I would but at the prsent I see none.
If their are reasons, I am open to comment and If I have been wrong please accecept my appologies and my £28 will be in the post. Until then I see no reason to join or support the RYA.