See this bit in TCP (link in sig)
5. And how bloody silly is this?: We received a letter from that ace bureaucrat Captain John
Watkinson enclosing a large sticker telling us not to chuck plastic garbage overboard. We
were instructed that “the placard should be visible in areas where garbage may be generated
(generated???) and in full view of crew and passengers”. Captain John then goes on to tell
us that as we are a 12m craft, if we fail to display his placard, we commit an offence (and get
this) which carries a maximum penalty of currently $85,000 (yes $85 thousand big ones).
That would definitely tear the fork out of your nightdress!
Why include 12m private yachts in a scheme that is obviously intended for cruise ships, bulk
carriers and the like. It's the old “one size fits all syndrome” yet again. We cruise with 2 POB
and the ship's cat. Do we really need reminding about pollution? (not to mention the visual
pollution of having to look at the good Captain's awful placard).
How much of our huge increase in rego fees went into the production of the placard? And
does it provide the excuse for the regulators to board your craft to check on its location?
Absolute crap in my view!
What do other yachties think about any or all of the above?
Keith Owen, SY Speranza
And another bit of Jackbootedness
The Saga of Law Abiding American Tourists
who came to our shore to spend over $200,000 building
a boat and what was done to them on their launch day.
in issue 38.
arguing with these MSQ nongs over the new insurance rule
Legislation requires all ships over 15 metres (for example 15.01 metres) in length to have insurance sufficient to pay for potential pollution clean up, salvage and wreck removal.
The insurance policy must meet the following requirements:
- All recreational ships more than 15 metres but less than 35 metres in length must have an insurance policy that provides A$250 000 for pollution clean up and A$10 000 000 for salvage and wreck removal.
, seems no one there can give me a straight answer as to how to measure a vessel so as to decide if it is actualy 15 metres.
Is it extremities, does it include overhangs, is it waterline length?
Try and get a straight answer and now I have 26 pages of legal
Mumbo Jumbo to decipher.
If these nongs dont know how to measure it, how does the guy trying to slap a ticket on me on the day know?
Cant wait to get away.