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just observed another boat doing one of the above without
reporting it to RMS.
Every incident on a mooring is making it tougher for all of us
to get insurance, so as a boating community we need to adopt
a zero tolerance towards bad mooring practices.
If you own a boat on a mooring, then please get it serviced
and regularly check for wear and/or leaks. If you see a boat that
is badly moored, please report it to RMS.
Running from cover
Well done Charles Jensen to change your insurance from GIO
(Afloat Nov’13), not that they gave you much choice!
I bought my timber sloop Kismet in 1982 and at that time GIO
arranged a survey, at no cost, on the understanding that I would
insure with them. The vessel was slipped and found to have some
teredo worm holes in the bow.
I was told to use some Phenol, a wire and syringe to get at
them. My biggest problem was acquiring a syringe (for what
use?). My explanation was convincing!
GIO insured my boat for the next 31 years. However, at the
beginning of this year they refused to continue insuring my boat
because of its age – in spite of excellent maintenance, regular
surveys, and very few claims in the preceding 31 years. I was
given a token right of appeal, however it was made fairly clear
from the outset that this would fail ... and it did.
I then contacted NRMA Insurance who assured me the age
of the boat was not a problem when there were surveys to attest
to the good maintenance of the vessel ... they even confirmed
all the details with me on a Sunday afternoon. Thus far all is well
with NRMA and no policies of any kind left with GIO.
Avalon Beach, NSW.
Rights of way –
racers, signal your intention
I was heading home after a lovely day on the water. We had
been at Rathmines to watch the Catalina festival and were sailing
sedately home under genoa only. Our course was at about 90
degrees to the local club race and we had to cross the race’s
path to get to our mooring. One of the last boats in the race
was looking like we may have a crossing issue but try as I might
I couldn’t work out what they were going to do. They were on
port tack and we were on starboard. However, as a racer myself
I was very happy to give way if I knew whether they wanted me
to go in front or behind them.
As the other boat closed I couldn’t see any faces looking my
way nor did their heading change to show me how they would like
me to alter course so I could split the difference and reduce their
course change. In the end the racing boat came close enough to
hail and short of luffing 90 degrees I maintained course and got
an earful, with the crew making comments about my mother’s
marrital status and my boat’s efficacy. “Don’t you know we are
racing? ” was the politest remark.
For those racers who like to get to the next mark as quickly
as possible, I would request that they try signalling as early as
possible whether they will take your stern or go in front. A little
wave afterwards is also always appreciated.
As a competitor in international class dinghies, I always
found it worthwhile to politely ask a right of way cruiser to alter
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