Thursday, 13 November 2014

Its that time of year….

….when rivers rise and race, canals freeze over. Enforcement Officers, sometimes overly zealous, may ask you to move on when that really is not the best or safest thing to do.

It is important to remember that it’s your boat and you pay the insurance and are responsible for complying with the conditions of the policy. You are the ‘captain of the ship’. If you feel that it is unsafe to move your boat then you should not move it.

Irrespective of the need for the EO to do his job he has NO responsibility for the safety of your boat. That’s your job and you should exercise your command over the situation.

Accept no cajoling or threats from anyone.


Naughty-Cal said...

Unfortunately there are a few, very much a minority, who will stretch the "unsafe to navigate" excuse to the extreme.

Maffi said...

Absolutely but that is no reason to force people to move when it is not safe.

Sue said...

I'll add a comment here to support your blog post Maffi if I may.

A few years ago when it was -21° outside of NP we were moored at Market Drayton, or close to.

Of course we were iced in on umm, not 48, I wouldn't moor there if there was a threat of being iced in.. It was probably 7 day moorings.

The mooring officer came along and noted the boat, knocked the door and I thought "Oh no", but I was wrong to think that..

"I don't want you moving anywhere until the ice has melted. I know exactly where all my boats are in my section and all of you are to stay where you are then I don't have a problem"

That is the attitude CRT should take in times of really cold weather.. That was BW

Anonymous said...

If only all boaters would heed this advice and not move through ice.
We have had our boat scraped by thick ice being broken by boats going past us whilst we were moored, not nice!
nb Oakfield

Maffi said...

There is nothing wrong with moving through ice it never bothered the old boaters unless it was thick, and they had wooden hulls.