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Old 11 July 2012, 07:06   #1
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RYA Membership, is it worth it?

My RYA membership has lapsed, I only realised when I went to renew my wife's and my ICC, they want 40 for each ICC to renew, or get them both free if I join at 65 for the year, seems a no brainer to join and get them free, but I guess my membership lapsed as I made no use of it.

So, what have you had out of your RYA membership and after getting the ICC free did you ever renew it. I have looked at their site and it is the same old nonsense, discount of this and that which you would get anyway, seems more for sailors than motor boaters, I'm not into funding big organisations that live very nicely off others when there is no other option, but happy to be convinced otherwise
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So, what have you had out of your RYA membership and after getting the ICC free did you ever renew it.
Nothing. No.
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Nothing. No.
I pay my RYA subs just as I pay my RNLI membership, I hope I never have to call on either. The RYA fought hard against the removal of the red diesel derogation for pleasure boaters & won a partial victory. They are also fighting the imposition of light dues on leisure boaters. They represented us in the marine conservation areas debates. If it wasn't for the RYA we would have no representation at all. They helped me personally when I had problems with the French authorities in the early days of taking my RIB to France, they assured me of my rights & obligations & gave me the confidence to stand my ground against stroppy gun toting Gendarmes. IMHO they are worth the money, which is more than I can say for most boating bling.
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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
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I had my ICC for nowt !!

That's not strictly true is it, 40.00 RYA joining fee, is it worth it, probably not !!
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40.00 RYA joining fee, !!
Try giving them a ring.

I've just renewed for 20.

Some sort of 'Olympic' deal I was told.
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Its 40 EACH for an ICC so for 2 = 80, so cheaper than a years 64 RYA membership with free ICC, so if you like, pay for one get one free and free RYA membership for a year. But as the membership is a total waste of money then I have to agree with you, only a 25% saving
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Try giving them a ring.

I've just renewed for 20.

Some sort of 'Olympic' deal I was told.
Yeh right! spoke to a housewife there earlier today and asked what offers they had on, I remember getting a discount years ago when I did a course, she said there were none. As for the Olympics, don't even get me started on that, I am a London rate payer and have been paying for this scam for years, I want nothing to do with that sh*t at all, in fact I am leaving the country to get away from it for a month!
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I pay my RYA subs just as I pay my RNLI membership, I hope I never have to call on either. The RYA fought hard against the removal of the red diesel derogation for pleasure boaters & won a partial victory. They are also fighting the imposition of light dues on leisure boaters. They represented us in the marine conservation areas debates. If it wasn't for the RYA we would have no representation at all. They helped me personally when I had problems with the French authorities in the early days of taking my RIB to France, they assured me of my rights & obligations & gave me the confidence to stand my ground against stroppy gun toting Gendarmes. IMHO they are worth the money, which is more than I can say for most boating bling.
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. Yachties with overpriced courses maybe, but there isnt an alternative and without them i think wed have as much marine freedom as the french...
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Yachties with overpriced courses maybe

Firstly, I aint a yachtie, and secondly, our courses aren't overpriced.


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Yeh right!
I've just checked with the RYA and, apparently, the offer is only open to people with an IQ above 10.
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