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Letter of the month
The Editor ’s choice for letter of the month will
receive a 28" Yachtsman’s Waterproof Bag.
Made from tough double
coated PVC fabric with
seams sewn and tape
welded the Burke bag is
This month’s prize goes to
from Lane Cove NSW.
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Outboard manufacturers should
assume responsibility to pre-fit
I fully support your concerns of the potential for terrible
injuries and even death that unprotected propellers present in
your Editor’s Column Unprotected propellers can maim and kill (Afloat
At my club (Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club ) we have been
using propeller guards on our outboard motors for our ‘tinnies’ and
our ‘ribs’ for the last 10 years. We recognised our responsibilities
to OH&S at this early stage.
One simple solution to the problem would be for outboard
manufacturers to permanently fit these guards to their outboards
prior to sale. I believe the argument that they reduce performance
is not justified as we have not seen any appreciable difference
(fitted /unfitted ) ... just my thoughts.
War wick Thomson,
In the insurance game
the house never loses
Regrettably, there have been several complaints published
recently in Afloat. Phil McGowen (Afloat Nov’14) laments the
presence of “uninsured vessels on non-serviced moorings” and calls
for renewal of mooring licences to show “vessel’s insurance to cover
minimum third party property damage”.
Though we do certainly see low-value boats being used as
mooring minders in certain locations, this is a symptom, not the
cause, of a problem. And it is not fair to regard all boats in need
of major work as mooring minders.
Many are legitimate ‘works in progress’. Sydney has a
problem with affordable hardstand area. There isn’t any. The
value of increasingly scarce waterfront land dictates high fees
to generate a return on investment, and the high enviro-levies
and exorbitant wet-lease fees further drive unseaworthy projects
onto moorings ahead of time.
The call for compulsory “third party insurance” has no
parallel with car registration. The CTP used for vehicles in NSW
is all about personal injury – this is why it is compulsory. If it were
made compulsory for mooring licensees to insure their boats,
the insurance industry would have another captive market, and
we’d likely see the same lack of industry competition we see
with the CTP product.
We must remember, in the insurance game, the house never
loses. Sydney property insurers noticed this a few years ago, with
increased premiums following Cyclone Yasi – even though Yasi
was unrelated to the risk of insuring Sydney property.
Pete Dufty’s letter (Afloat Dec’14) offers support for Phil
McGowen’s complaint, but then speaks of an example where
the errant vessel was insured but the insurers refused to pay up.
This is the next problem with everybody having their boating
experience governed by contracts.
First rule is ‘do not admit liability’, and before you know it,
we have lawyers feasting on a negligence debate about a loose
shackle pin (as was apparent in Pete Dufty’s case) instead of two
reasonable boaties making good on their own.
Other letters in Afloat Dec’14 saw a call for “double demerits”
for skippers during holidays, and a call to fine a skipper for the
unimaginable act of sitting on a vacant private mooring for a time.
Most recreational skippers love the sense of freedom and
escape boating offers. Six weeks ago, for the first time in 35
years navigating the Parramatta River, I was ordered by water
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