Originally Posted by Rupert Bonham-Smith
There are idiots who crash private aircraft which as a pursuit is much more heavily regulated. I think a plane crashed on the IOW over Cowes and called all four of its crew! Cars are crashing all day long killing people.
People have been drinking happily on the high seas for centuries. I think the last high profile incident was when some commercial bloke took out hythe pier!
What no one thinks of is the cost of all this regulation. Do we want to start paying £150 a ticket to a bunch of Asylum seekers to tell us where we can and cannot leave our boats whilst they line their pockets in the process.
The hamble river where I come from is a classic example. We now have to pay £6.00 a day to lauch our boats. Yet another example of stealth tax. The Harbour Office is swelling into a rather typical labour style bloated public service.
The people in the rib got what they deserved as in a good fright and a bit of embarrassment but calls to send them to jail as in the case of the poor Kieran French is ludicrous.
If you guys keep wanting to pay more tax then regulation is the way forward!
With all due respect have you ever visited the planet earth?
To drive a car you need a licence and you can't drink and drive.
To fly a plane you need and licence and you can't drink and fly.
To drive a boat you don't need a licence, you can't drink and drive.
How on gods green earth can that be right?
If you knowing get drunk and drive like a loon at night you then crash, you hurt or mame the others in your boat but you expect to get away free?
Again I ask have you ever visited the planet earth.
Anyone who gets done and banged up for this kinda thing gets what they deserve.
Also in some of these cases it is not just a the fact that they drunk, drove and crashed, there is always something else to it!
I feel the ban or limit on drinking on boats is long over due.
All IMHO of course.