Putting words in his mouth
IN THE JANUARY issue of CB our Facebook quotes became a bit mangled and some words by ‘Maffi’ incorrectly attributed some comments to him when he was actually commenting on someone else’s quote; this was what he actually said and we’re very happy to put that right.
I see, once again, marina-bound myopia has been switched on. Gary Edwards says in CB, November that the solution to the continuous cruiser ‘problem’ is to have a higher licence fee. “Why not introduce a continuous cruiser licence fee? It would seem legitimate to me that those who are continuously cruising the system would cause more maintenance and, therefore, their use of the system should cost them more in licence fees. Perhaps the extra fees would be similar to the cost of a permanent mooring; this may encourage more continuous cruisers to find an approved mooring.”
Now I remember this being put forward in 2004/5. The proposal then was to increase the CCer licence to 247 percent of the ‘normal’ licence. I and others fought very hard writing to all and sundry to stop this preposterous proposition. Now, ten years later, Gary Edwards drags it all up again. Does he think we have nothing better to do with our time than to fight this battle all over again?
There is no CCer problem. The problem exists in the marinas. People who park up for most of the year in a horizontal block of flats. People who don’t put anything into the system. People who spend their lives polishing a possession instead of getting out there and using it. When the lift opened in 1875 it could transport up to 16 boats an hour with each passage lasting just 8 minutes