. . . . some snivelling little shit raises the issue of Continuous Cruisers and why can’t they pay more. Canal Boat Magazine May Issue has some David ‘Nobody’ spouting off about how CCers should be paying more because they use the system more. Its the same old shit just a different writer. I have written hundreds of thousands of word on this subject (this is yet another thousand) and now I really am sick and tired of the whining.
If you bought a boat and have to leave it in a marina most of the year that is your problem not mine. I paid £748 for my 58 foot boat licence this year as did all boats of that length. Every single 58 ft boat has exactly the same access to all of the canal system as I do, so can someone please tell me why I should pay more for my licence?
I get nothing more for my £748 than any one else. You might argue that I get to moor up for free. Well it may have escaped your notice, but when you come out of your nice secure little parking lot with all the facilities, you too moor for free. Yes I know you pay to moor in the marina but you don’t pay to moor outside the marina so why should I.
When you buy a boat you should go into it with your eyes wide open having researched all the financial aspects of boat owning, so that you know (at the outset) what it is going to cost you. Then you accept that, go out and enjoy your boat. This is what I did and every other sensible boat owner does the same.
You do not buy a boat thinking, “When I have my boat I wont be able to CC so I will make it hard for those that can”. You accept what it will cost you and enjoy your boat. If you don’t want to do that then go away and get a camper van, you are not wanted on the water.
I know what my boat is costing me. It cost me my vote at the last general election because I don’t have a post code. It costs me a fortune in bus fares because I cannot get a bus pass, I don’t have a post code. My heating bill is higher than others of my age, I don’t get heating allowance because I don’t have a post code. These are just three examples of what it cost me.
Why do all you whinging little shits who buy a boat, you cannot get good use out of, feel it is necessary for me to pay for your stupidity. I have an income of less than £500 a month which I receive for serving my country for over 25 years. Any plan to increase licences for CCers will actually see me, and others like me, living on the streets sleeping in a cardboard box, is that what you really want?
Whereas most of you have a house and your boat is a hobby, my boat is my home. If you cant afford to keep your boat on the water its really no big deal, you can sell it and still have a home. If I cannot afford to keep my boat on the water it is a big deal because it is all I have got. I can sell it but at what loss? Then what? As a single, white, male with a small military pension I qualify for BUGGER ALL. Whilst £500 a month is not to be sneezed at I would have to live in a hostel. Thank you for your support, you snivelling little whinger!
The simplicity of it is you are all jealous that some of us can have a fulltime life on the canal. You, are like spoilt little kids who, want someone else’s toys to play with. You are gonna scream until you get your way, you infantile little pricks. I have paid my dues, when you have paid yours you can have a life like mine. You will of course have to accept the bad bits, the muddy towpath, the lack of security, the spasms in your fingers from handling wet ropes nearly every day, the cramps in your legs that would fell a Marine, the spine that is only pain free in one position and you don’t know where that is. Until such time shut up.
What you Muppets should be saying is ‘I only come out of the marina for two weeks of the year so I want a discount’. Or you could argue that boats in marinas should only pay a licence fee when they come out on to the system. Don’t fuck the CCer up because you made a bad-purchasing decision. I made a good purchasing decision I get the maximum benefit out of my licence, as do many others, the same benefit as you are entitled to if you were not a numpty. What you really mean is you have a job and a family and cannot make best use of your boat? I had a job and a family! I waited until they had all flown the coup before I bought my boat.
Leave us alone. You don’t want to piss us off coz if you Muppets get your way and we pay to moor, we are going to moor . . . . wherever we please . . . . in all the prime spots. You of course will complain, but will only have yourselves to blame.
The rank and file boater will not benefit from CCer’s paying any exrtra. Your licence fee will still increase by more than inflation year on year. It makes no sense to take this to it conclusion. When you are sixty plus and the bottom has fallen out of your pension pot and you cannot afford to live on your boat you are gonna be one sick puppy and I will be laughing at you from heaven or pissing on you from hell.
Give it up its a no win situation.
And relax . . . . . .