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Your spruiking of the enforcement of yearly mooring
inspections “by annual certified inspectors” (Ed’s Col May ’16 )
implies that there is easy access to “certified” mooring inspectors.
Living outside the Sydney greater metropolitan region as I
do, I have no access to “certified” mooring inspectors. So under
your legislative ideal I, and many others, will be unable to renew
our mooring. It is easy for those living in the bigger cities to look
The whole festival was enjoyed by over 12,000 people and,
thanks to the Australian Wooden Boat Association NSW, for the
first time extended over to Cockle Bay with over 6,000 people
visiting there. Feedback provided from visitor surveys was
over whelmingly positive with comments including:
“Excellent event, particularly enjoyed the hands-on stuff i.e. caulking
“ Thank you for a well-organised and enjoyable event.”
“An excellent event and I hope it continues.”
The Australian National Maritime Museum has already started
to evaluate the 2016 festival and has identified a number of key
learnings for the next two planned festivals.
A six year festival strategy is in place with each festival
growing in size and ambition culminating in a major on-water
festival in 2020 to mark the 250th anniversary of Cook’s charting
of the East Coast of Australia.
Kevin Sumption, Director and CEO,
Australian National Maritime Museum.
What a great weekend my wife and I had at the Classic &
Wooden Boat Show. We had our two boats at the Cockle Bay
wharf ... a top place to have your boat on show. Thank you to the
Wooden Boat Association, a good group of people to spend a
great weekend with. And thanks to all the people who helped
with the show. We will be back in two years time.
Peter and Tania Minehan,
just outside their window and think that everyone lives the same
as them. Making or changing rules and regulations that suit “me”
must therefore suit everyone is a mindset that I see many times
from state and federal government departments.
Who is responsible for the Certification of mooring inspectors?
What government department monitors the mooring inspectors?
What qualification are needed to become “certificated in mooring
maintenance? ”. TA FE course /OJT?
Currently I am able to dive on my mooring and I replace three
shackles and the swivel yearly. I replace the chain and the “large”
block shackle 3-yearly or as required. I log all maintenance in the
vessels log, and when possible I take photos of the work carried
out – both above and below the water. I have no certificate in
mooring maintenance, so under your regulations I would be
mooring illegally. I am certain that there are many boat owners
that do what I do, or pay a “non mooring certified diver” to do
the work for them.
I ask that you, and the regulators, take a good look further
afield than Sydney and the larger coastal towns before making
blanket regulations that affect everyone.
South Coast, NSW.
Moorings problem exacerbated
by explosive growth
I refer to your editorial concerning the shambolic state of
moorings on Sydney Harbour and Pittwater (Afloat May ’16) .
The real problem for waterways (the administrators and our
natural heritage) is the explosive growth in numbers and size of
pleasure craft. While a 35-footer was once substantial, today it’s
50 feet plus and growing if the front wharf of RPAYC is any guide.
That has lead to the current strain on natural resources and
you need only peer down from the air on these marine parking
lots and think back a decade or so to know that this invasion of
‘boating space’ has reached its limit.
The best and most efficient solution is for the NSW government
(following the QLD example) to get behind and encourage the
growth of marinas ... whereby we limit mooring sprawl and
encourage efficiency through open market competition for these
services, and by services I include maintenance and storage of
craft in the water and racking. This becomes a win-win for boaters
and the government (think a sustained reduction in boat trailers
clogging our streets) but that involves major changes to planning
and environmental process.
In the meantime there are a few must do’s to cleanse the
• mooring minders & hulks to be issued with notices to quit.
BSOs know exactly which vessels fit this category; and
compliance within three months otherwise fines etc and
termination of the mooring licence.
• the price of moorings should be lifted by 50%. This is a scarce
and valuable right with people on red commercial moorings
currently paying at least twice the yellow rate. I know as I
currently occupy a red mooring!
• the regulations linking ‘ownership’ of boats with ‘ownership’ of
moorings. Especially when we have a system which at the very
least turns a blind eye to the existence of different boats on
moorings whose ‘ownership’ remains unchanged for extended
periods. 100 -year-old boat owners are not unknown!
Supply is overwhelmed by demand and that can only be
sorted by marinas and/or fore & aft moorings using less space.
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