NEWS



NEW MODELS FROM HAINES

Haines are to launch two new low air draft craft specifically designed for use on the European inland waterways: a 32' Sedan model aimed at the starter boat market and a larger 42' boat offering all the space and home comforts required for extended cruising. Also much anticipated is the Haines 40 Sedan, an aft cockpit version of the successful 400 aft cabin model offering a 30 knot performance and a very sociable open plan interior.   Keep up to date at http://www.hainesmarine.co.uk/news.php

SOMERLEYTON BRIDGE WIDTH RESTRICTION

From 19 March – 2 April 2012  Network Rail will be undertaking essential works to the bridge which will involve a pontoon in place at all times. There will be width restriction  of 18ft (5.4 m) under the bridge but no height restriction will be in place and the bridge will be able to swing as normal on demand.

 

BROADS AUTHORITY NAVIGATION COMMITTEE

It was good to see two friends of NYA joining the Broad’s Authority Navigation Committee.  Lorne Betts, former boat builder, and James Knight of Waveney River Centre and director of Horning Ferry Marina were appointed in Novenber 2011. Both will bring useful experience and wise council on the strategic management of the waterways.

THAMES BOATERS FINED AFTER REGISTRATION CHECKS

Five boaters have been caught using their vessels on the River Thames without valid registrations and fined . It is now illegal to use a boat on the non-tidal River Thames without it first being registered with the Environment Agency. Details of how to register can be found in the user’s guide to the River Thames’ which can downloaded from www.visitthames.co.uk

MACHINERY FAILURE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF RNLI RESCUE

RNLI figures for lifeboat launches in 2011 have revealed that over half of the 8900 launches were to assist leisure boaters. In all 7,976 people were rescued around the  coast of the UK and Ireland.  Launches to powered pleasure craft fell, but still accounted for 1,934 instances.  Machinery failure was the most common cause for rescue, with 1,641 of all launches responding to vessels with mechanical problems.

The RNLI offers advice on how to stay safe at sea or on inland waterways with Advice Onboard sessions which are free, friendly and confidential with neither a test nor an inspection and no pass or fail. NYA can arrange these through our local RNLI representative.

www.rnli.org.uk

BOAT SAFETY HANDBOOK

The RYA has published a new title -  the RYA Boat Safety Handbook.  Anyone who buys a copy between now and the end of March 2012 will be entered into a free prize draw. The winner of the draw will receive a free safety equipment audit and assistance with setting up their own boat with either RYA Training Manager, Richard Falk, or Chief Sailing Instructor, Craig Burton. 
See more at www.rya.org.uk