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Old 11 July 2012, 12:10   #11
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Tough luck then, got my discount thanks

As for your courses not being expensive, are you an instructor? seems that some of those punting the courses could be instructors though nobody would know, would be good to see in a profile who has 'other interests'

I am not saying you are just doing your best to keep the gravy train running, just interested
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Old 11 July 2012, 12:18   #12
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Interesting to see your side of things however personally I find membership a total waste of space, but then I guess it keeps some women off the streets by creating pointless bureaucratic jobs, as for the red diesel, well that was cocked up. Oh and what about the red diesel going up a few percent and decimation of the industry, well fuel has gone up nearly 4 x the price since then and although I do see a change in boating patterns life still goes on.

I will get my ICC and ditch membership next year, 40 for a bit of paper x 2 that 'I must have' and have no other choice who I get it from, they are pi*s takers, nice new offices and salaries though Not much different to PADI nonsense marketing

I am sure there are loads that like ringing the women up to pay for more bits of pointless paper then if that tickles your fancy and you feel it is worth a fiver a month, then I see nothing wrong, lot's of people get turned on by lots of different things, try wearing a wet suit next time you call them, or even your blazer with RYA badge and RYS tie
I like the use of the members lounge at the boat shows, that's a nice touch.
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Old 11 July 2012, 12:21   #13
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What with the other 20,000 members? I prefer the Guinness bar with real men talking about near misses and how you fancy your mate who isn't there's misses

Better than legislation section this, subsection that and the new Association tat for sale
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Old 11 July 2012, 12:53   #14
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The members discount on RYA publications can save a few quid as well.
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Old 11 July 2012, 13:20   #15
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SR4 - I'm quite happy to see a debate here about whether RYA membership offers value for money or not, it is a question which comes up here every year or so - the fact that I am not a member would imply that I think its not worth it for my current type of boating, although if I was buying/selling or travelling overseas where there legal departments might be useful then I might have a different view. Personally I'd like to have seen some sort of discount on RYA Courses, materials, club membership etc through their affiliated schools/clubs. However market forces suggest that since they are as big as they are then lots of people are happy to cough up each year.

What I'm not so keen to see on here is your pointless sexist remarks.
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They are our only representation and as an instructor my union as well... They work a huge amount with MCA to see that the UK pleasure boating industry can aurvive alongside our commercial marine heritage.

Well that should get you invited to the top table at the next instructors conference but I don't see much evidence of it in the commercial marine sector I work in. Can you give me a couple of examples please leave out PPR


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Yachties with overpriced courses maybe, but there isnt an alternative and without them i think wed have as much marine freedom as the french...
Or the Germans these are some of the Incredible demands these Eurocrats make on the boaters that they govern

MOT's for trailers..........Outrageous

Not being allowed to drive a powerboat whilst wasted..............Disgusting!

Need to pass an exam in Boating and Radio to get on the water....Piffle

Don't get me wrong I'm not a big fan of the cheese eating surrender monkeys but I see no wrong in those kind of demands or a restriction of my freedom. (I know what your thinking does he mean the french or the RYA?) but I think membership of the RYA is a waste of time for a powerboater
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What is sexist about my remarks, its a free country isn't it or do we all have to pretend all is hunky dory?
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.......40 for a bit of paper x 2 that 'I must have' and have no other choice who I get it from, they are pi*s takers........
Now now, don't let the facts get in the way of your rant, there are plenty of alternatives

1/. BWSW ICC (restricted to power 10m) will cost you a year's BWS membership (72) and then a certification fee (further 25). Total 97 fees to the issuing body.

2/. BSAC ICC (restricted to power up to 10m and coastal only)will cost you 35 but only after you have passed a Diver Cox'n assessment (46 certification) for which you will have to become a member (64) Total 145 fees to the issuing body.

3/. IYT ICC $75 US, plus shipping.

It is fair to say that that taking an assessmnet or course with a centre recognised by one of the above three organisations is likly to cost you more than taking an assessment or course through an RYA centre.

There are of course other options.

4/. You could train and certify through the host country that you are hoping to vists. This will costs you hundreds if not thousands of pounds, will take considerable time and may involve you having to speak their language in order to take their test.

5/. You could train and qualify as an STCW Master. This would typically cost upward of 10K, while much of the training would not seem particularly relevant to driving small leisure craft it would certify you to drive leisure craft in most foreign countries.

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.......40 for a bit of paper x 2 that 'I must have' and have no other choice who I get it from, they are pi*s takers........
and Yes I am an RYA member, have been for years and enjoy the benefit of their work daily.

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....40 for an internationally recognised certificate that is very attainable is an absolute bargain compared with the various alternatives. Long live the RYA for making boating more straightforward for UK boaters.
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Interesting but I am over 10mtrs, the other options look rather expensive, they must have even better new offices and huge pension schemes

Anyway they are sending me the forms to join an renew my ICC, just need a new photo I want to see how much I can save in the years membership on discounts, any good ideas? (I don't need any more books!)
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What is sexist about my remarks, its a free country isn't it or do we all have to pretend all is hunky dory?
Oh absolutely it's a free country. However, RIBnet is a Virtual Empire ruled by a small coterie of Dictators (they work shifts). They employ Flying Monkeys like Poly & I to do their evil bidding. Be aware that there is neither Trial by Jury here nor Court of Appeal*, so if Poly says you're being sexist, you are...



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