Archive for July, 2013
An enforcement officer on the Grand Union Canal recently emailed a boater without a home mooring telling them how far they should travel in order to comply with s.17 3 c ii of the 1995 British Waterways Act. He said “… if your craft is seen to be travelling in excess of 17km, moving from place to place every 14 days (unless local restrictions apply) turning around to genuinely cruise in the opposite direction there should be no issues”.
The Waterways Ombudsman has told Sally Ash that her language is “not helpful” after two boaters complained about the CRT Council Briefing on Non-Compliant Continuous Cruising. The briefing, written by Head of Boating Ms Ash, alleged that ‘non-compliant continuous cruisers’ were preventing leisure boaters from using visitor moorings.
It is with great sadness we report that the wonderful and well loved Honeystreet based surveyor George Gibson died on July 5th.
One time Boat Safety Examiner – “in case of fire you’d be out of there with an axe” – as well as boat surveyor, George gave up the BSS when the registration got too expensive.
He was a campaigner and figure on the Kennet and Avon ever since the earliest days of its restoration and his Gibson’s Boat Services at Honeystreet was a welcome stop for all boaters in the long pound.
A full obituary of George by Bob Naylor can be found on the KAcanalTimes
George’s funeral is on Monday 15th July at 2.30pm in St. Mary’s Church, Alton Barnes, Near Marlborough, SN8 4LR.
Well, we’ve published this under ‘Law’. Thing is, it’s not.
No person shall moor or leave a vessel in contravention of a notice prominently displayed by the board in or beside any inland waterway
(a) prohibiting the mooring of all vessels, or of vessels other than the kind of vessel or vessels specified in the notice, on any part of the inland waterway so specified; or
(b) making requirements as to the manner in which vessels are to be moored in the part of the inland waterway so specified and (without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing) the means by which vessels are to be fastened or secured; or
(c) specifying the maximum period, hours of the day or night, or days of the week, during which mooring (whether of all vessels, or of vessels of a kind or kinds specified in the notice) is permitted or prohibited, as the case may be.