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RYA Brings Intelligence To Boating World Scenario During Lockdown

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RYA Brings Intelligence To Boating World Scenario During Lockdown

Post by Miles » April 28th, 2020, 6:10 pm

Long overdue in my opinion but so glad to see the RYA are doing something positive with regards to boaters and their needs to maintain vessel's safety.
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RYA seeking loosening of restrictions on marinas and moorings!
Definitive guidance sought from key Government Ministers
With the current COVID-19 pandemic forcing the country into lockdown, the RYA has received a considerable number of enquiries from members who are not able to gain access to their boats now that most marinas have closed.
We are acutely aware that our members currently have valid concerns about the inability to undertake checks in respect of security and essential maintenance. In response, the RYA is writing to key Government Ministers seeking definitive guidance that will give a clear and practical way forward to give owners immediate access to their boats whilst respecting current measures to control COVID-19.
Over recent weeks the RYA has been in discussions with the Government officials making the case for limited and controlled access to boats locked down in marinas. The RYA believes that visiting marinas and spending time working on a boat that is moored or ashore can be readily achieved within the parameters of the existing core Government advice regarding hygiene and social distancing. With representations to date not delivering a solution to what is evidently a critical issue for affected members, the RYA is taking the case to Ministers and calling for the support of Members of Parliament.
Boat owners need access to their property to undertake essential maintenance, for example checks for water ingress, maintenance of engines and electrical installations that cannot be undertaken by marina staff. Many boat owners are also obligated by their insurers to visit their vessel regularly to avoid cover being refused in respect of maintenance related claims. The RYA’s advice to members is that you should check this aspect of your insurance policy with your insurers no matter what the policy states. A lockdown insurance update has also been published on the RYA website.
Sarah Treseder, RYA Chief Executive, says: “We acknowledge and appreciate that marina operators are working as hard as possible under difficult circumstances, and are doing their best to take care of boats during the lockdown. However, marina staff obviously cannot undertake the sort of essential maintenance that responsible owners would do.
“The significant number of approaches that the RYA has received from members demonstrates that this is a critical issue for boat owners. We believe there are measures that could be permitted immediately within the existing Government guidance to allow access for essential maintenance. All are predicated on the overarching need to keep people socially distant from those outside their immediate household, to shield the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions, and prevent unnecessary travel.
“The RYA fully supports the measures that the Government has put in place to tackle the spread of the virus and we understand the motivation of marina operators to support Government action and safeguard their staff and customers. We will engage with them to work collaboratively to deliver a solution for boat owner access within the parameters of existing Government guidance on hygiene and social distancing.
“As a membership organisation, the RYA will continue to robustly represent members’ interests and support personal members who contact us directly in respect of their experiences with individual marinas. Concerned members should contact cruising@rya.org.ukand use the RYA Coronavirus hub, which outlines current advice and information for recreational boaters.”
With all sports starting to consider recovery, the RYA is developing a ‘Return to Boating’ strategy aimed at getting the message over that there is a very strong case for boating to be one of the first activities that could be resumed safely within any necessary parameters for social distancing, once we start to see a relaxation of the current restrictions.
“We remain committed to representing the interests of our valued members and the wider boating community and we look forward to seeing you back on the water when as soon as it is safe and advisable for us to do so,” Sarah concludes.
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Re: RYA Brings Intelligence To Boating World Scenario During Lockdown

Post by Vetchugger » April 29th, 2020, 12:38 am

Well, Ithink its complete madness to even consider trying to tempt folk out to check their boats! Would they rather be dead and never get to a boat ever again?? Look at other countries! The only ones that can claim any sort of success in preventing both infection and, consequently, death, are those who maintained far sticter lockdown conditions than the UK. These individuals not only risk themselves but lots of others as well. Get sensible please!!!

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Re: RYA Brings Intelligence To Boating World Scenario During Lockdown

Post by Miles » April 29th, 2020, 12:54 am

Well if people were dropping dead in the streets everytime they went to Tesco's, I would be inclined to agree with you.
However, with no such phenomena existing in any country, including continental Africa where social distancing is impossible in townships, I would have to agree with the RYA''s stance.
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Re: RYA Brings Intelligence To Boating World Scenario During Lockdown

Post by Vetchugger » April 29th, 2020, 1:59 pm

Some 20,000 have died in the UK alone! Is this not enough for you to consider maybe we haven't quite got it right yet?

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Post by Miles » April 29th, 2020, 2:32 pm

20,000 have died without post mortem in the vast majority of cases.
With people dying without families being able to see them and without proper biological post mortems on every single person across this planet, I remain unconvinced that what is being broadcast as fact is indeed wholly accurate.
That's just my opinion.
Furthermore, I believe that if such a contagious and deadly disease did in fact exist then the reality of the situation is people would not even be allowed to go to the shops because we would all have had it by now.
All I see are people losing their freedoms, people being forced into bankruptcy and financial ruin and an amount of people dying pretty much the same as usually happens on a daily basis, however, all without scientific proof and just media updates.
I also think the sheer fact that the Government is also unable to provide its own NHS with basic PPE during a time of alleged crisis, then they don't sound too convinced themselves.
I am so convinced that we are all being fed a total crock of **** and if my parents were to get sick I would advise them not to go to hospital, which seems to serve as a solitary death camp and I would sit with them.
Many of my friends are facing financial ruin, loss of homes etc all because our Government tells us there is a deadly virus that likes old people, the weak and ill and also if you are black or asian then you are likely to get it...what kind of disease is that fussy?
That is no disease, that is a prejudice negative placebo.
Until I see hard evidence that people are in fact dying of this so called virus, I am heavily inclined to keep my belief in matters undetermined.
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Re: RYA Brings Intelligence To Boating World Scenario During Lockdown

Post by Vetchugger » April 30th, 2020, 1:23 am

Oh dear! If anything, I think the number of deaths is very much understated. I would not be at all surprised if, and that is a hopeful if, when this is over the worst, the death rate will a lot higher than stated so far.

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Re: RYA Brings Intelligence To Boating World Scenario During Lockdown

Post by David » April 30th, 2020, 4:33 pm

As an aircraft owner we have just last week been allowed to do essential engine maintenance and 30 minute engine health flights every 4 weeks during lockdown, our airfield is only allowing 2 people at any one time for a maximum of 3 hours, I can't see why boat owners and mariners can't do a similar system, our boat is not on automatic bilge pumps and as with most boats that have gland packing on there prop shafts they are designed to drip to lubricant the end packing, so if left for a long length of time our bilge eventually takes on water and could if left for months leave water half way up our engine.
So I agree that we as boat owners should be allowed to do essential maintenance every few weeks to protect our assets.
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