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Saturday 16th January 2021.
|Had nice mail from Terry who used
to sail out of Tollesbury many moons ago. He had some old
drawings and other correspondence he wanted to give to a safe
place, gratefully received Terry. He also sent a couple of
photos that I am able to reproduce, after a little editing.
To my surprise one of the photos shows him on board
'Gil Gilad' motoring past
my mooring buoy in Woodrolfe Creek. Trying to ascertain when the
photo was taken as I am not on the buoy.... Sadly the boat
was vandalised some years back and eventually broken up, sad...
at the photo on the right you can just make out a yellow blob by
Terry's elbow, that's my mooring. Bradwell power station in the
|At the moment I am gathering kit to
re-lay that mooring. I have a 'new' large mooring buoy and
to go on top a very strong s/s swivel. It will stay out of
the water.... To secure the buoy to the mooring ground
chain, I am going to use a 7m or 22ft length of very heavy duty
nylon, 40mm with a 12 ton safe load!
Up till now I
have always used a 22ft length of 3/8 inch galvanised chain.
Strong but corrodes gently, so needs replacing every 5 or 6
years. Mine is overdue! Got this idea from a friend, Dave
the rigger! He has been splicing up mooring risers in nylon
for over a decade now for use on the Crouch and all have survived
Once the rope is beneath the surface it attracts
weed and of course mud, if like mine it dries, this protects
the rope from UV. So long as you take care with thimbles
etc. to protect it from chafe it will out live chain! I had
noted years ago, that Tollesbury Marina have been using heavy rope
for risers on the marina 'waiting' buoys just off my creek
mooring. Made a mental note for the future!
report back on the effectiveness of the new set up..
|By the way, talking of promises of
paperwork, never did hear back from the ex president of the
eoa with all the drawings and logs he promised us, somehow I never
expected him to keep his word.....
Had a couple of people
concerned about the new rules for boat in the EU, after our exit.
Good thing for one person is that they are never planning to
return the boat to the UK, so they are safe, till someone moves
the goal posts again! Two others at least must now be
wondering, what to do... If I hear any more from the
Cruising Association I will let you all know.
mail us from the other side of the pond, in Texas.
Sent him a DVD of the Junior drawings by air mail, as well as
sending them by e-mail, the DVD took over 2 months to get there!
Not really surprised, what with staff shortages and planes
grounded due to the WhuFlu, it is amazing any post gets through!
Had a prospective Senior owner read the write up in
'Water Craft', about 'Bethem'
Mat's Senior. He contacted us to ask Mat's advice, pleased to be
able to pass his mail on and await Jon's enrolment.
Nick in La Rochelle contact us regarding the Golden Hind
'Right-Eh-Oh'. He is
berthed near her and has not seen anyone near or by her so is
tending the lines for the owners. We do hope they step
forward and enroll as we have someone who has the original ship's
bell for her. would be great to reunite the boat and bell!
So if you know who owns
'Right-Eh-Oh' now, get them to get in touch! If you
do not want to speak to us, we don't bite, honest, Get in touch
with Nick direct:-
msvp74 at hotmail.com
Heard back from Raf, in Belgium, who was deciding
which of several of our designs he was going to have built in
steel. Says the choices are difficult! Go for the
biggest one you can afford, will be a more comfortable ride if you
are off ocean voyaging!
After adding some pictures of
'Running Wild' a 3 tonner based
in Suffolk, we have sadly still not had the enrolment. Are
people shy? Cannot think they are if they own designs from
our stable as we do tend to stand out in the crowd of white GRP!
We had snow here this morning, just a half inch, and as it
turned to rain after a few hours it was all gone soon enough, but
a timely reminder if you can legally get to your boat, check the
Hopefully the vaccine roll out will get to our
senior members soon!
Saturday 9th January 2021.
|After a week the news just gets scarier.
So many in our little backwater were ignoring the rules all last
year and now the country is paying. Having spoken to many
here refusing to wear masks, and getting verbal abuse for my
concern, I wonder if any of them have any regrets.
only hope they may have learnt. Heard just yesterday that
a friend and EOG member and owner was in hospital for another
reason and has now contracted the virus, at the moment he is OK
but as he is in the very high risk age group, there is great
Trying to think positively, I was taken aback by a
bit of news about the EU. and the Tax man in the UK.
Seems as we left they have now decided in Brussels to punish us.
So many silly regulations coming out of there to upset out trade,
but yesterday they hit below the belt. Seems those who want
to sail to the EU for extended periods are to be taxed! Only
allowed to be in the EU for so many days or have to pay VAT again!
If your boat is already in the EU it has to get back, (in a
pandemic???), or lose it's VAT paid status! I gave up
going to the EU to spend my holidays supporting their tourism when
they got silly over red diesel, so I am not that surprised at more
digs at Britain. I am grateful to a member for sending
in this précis promulgated by our friends in the Cruising
I am writing to you about
an issue that will affect most CA members. Her
Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has decided
that UK-owned boats returning to the UK post-Brexit,
i.e. after the transition period ends on 31st
December 2020, will be deemed to be imported and
VAT will be payable unless a relief from VAT
payment is available. The main relief available is
the Returned Goods Exemption. This requires that
goods (including yachts) are re-imported within
three years of export.
To make matters worse, HMRC
decided in September that the rule would be
applied rigidly from the end of the transition
period on 31 December 2020. This would mean that
yachts that have been out of the UK for more than
3 years on 31 December 2020 and yachts bought in
the EU which have never been in the UK would lose
UK VAT paid status. Given that it was announced in
September this year, this was farcical. HMRC has
now relented to a small extent and a period of one
year’s grace has now been granted for yachts that
have been located in the UK at some point but
yachts which have never been located in the UK
will still lose UK VAT-paid status on 31 December
2020 which is ridiculous. We think there are up to
30,000 UK boats scattered throughout the EU at the
moment, many in Greece and Croatia.
The least we are asking of
HMRC is that the three year period should start
from 31st December 2020 and that the Relief should
be available for yachts which have never been
located in the UK, but even that is
unsatisfactory. Hitherto, in practice boats could
leave the UK and sail for as long as they wished,
for example round the world, to the Caribbean or
just in Europe. HMRC were not interested when they
returned and in the vast majority of cases there
was no suggestion of additional VAT being payable
as long as it was the same person returning the
yacht and the yacht had not been significantly
improved. We would like to maintain the status
The change in attitude by
HMRC is unacceptable. The CA is fighting it but I
would like you all to write to your MP expressing
your extreme disapproval of HMRC’s new policy.
The Cruising Association, CA House, 1 Northey
Street, Limehouse Basin, London E14 8BT
Registered in England Number 05838052
age ago I was on the RYA Cruising Committee and fought off the EU
regulators re the Recreational Craft Directive to get a clause
inserted, exempting our home built boats from having to have the
full £5000, certification. eventually they agreed it was OK,
provided we kept them for 5 years after their launch date.
Worked for most, but in a couple of sad cases where owners, or
their families, were forced to sell before that 5 year date and
they had to obtain certification at huge cost, before they could
When the RYA abolished the Cruising committee
I realised they were not as interested in us the common cruising
owners, more the Olympic racers and the sponsorship deals...
Hope this will not apply to many of our members, but I know it
will apply to those with boats abroad now, and there are a few of
Our member wrote:- In a
nutshell, apart from being extremely unjust, for the purposes of
you excellent web-site, it means that boats remaining in the EU
will have a limited marketability. But, to those who would like to
cruise in the EU27 for an indefinite time, such boats will be of
particular interest. So, some boats already in the EU, should
appeal to anyone wishing to cruise in mainland Europe
indefinitely. The EU accepts that VAT has been paid.
Cruising will also be harmed by non-EU visitor status that means
no one can be in the EU27 for more than 90 days out of any 180
Also contemptible is HMRC's 'generous' grace to exempt us from
double VAT payment, so long as we make it back to the UK by the
end of this year. Given that we can only be away for 90 days - and
then there's pressure/problem of Covid - folk as far a field as
Greece and Turkey don't have cat in hell's chance.
Lets hear from any members who may also be effected by this
and maybe we can lobby the CA to speak on your behalf...
Lastly before I sign off, Go to the
For Sale page if
you are hankering for a nice Golden Hind. Price drop!
Pleased to say the snow did not settle and it was warm enough
today to plant 10 new hedging bushes on our little spinney
boundary hedge. Supposed to warm up shortly, just so long as it is
dry, had enough rain! Check those covers..
Tuesday January 5th 2021.
Yes we are
back in Lockdown!
|Some would say, and I am one of
them, not before time! The Pseudo Lockdown we had before
Christmas was a farce and of course with so many ignoring the most
obvious dangers, cases have rocketed.
Good news is the new
lockdown appears to be being obeyed, at least round here.
Less traffic and schools closed. During the phony Lockdown I
spoke to a local marine engineer working out of Bradwell who told
me loads of people ignoring the rules and mixing with others,
doing 'important safety maintenance ' on their boats. Apart
from an occasional pat on the transom, my boat has been in her own
Hoping with the vaccination being rolled out
maybe it will not be too many months till the antifouling brush
can come out! If we are careful!
Using the EBay page
shortly to buy a new water filter cartridge for the water system
in my galley, to fit when I can get back to her, that
is about all she needs apart from a wash down and polish, did it
all last year.
Hope your boats are safe and secure
and almost ready to launch.
The Steering Group have just
authorised renewal of the web hosting for the year, so all paid
up. also the domain name renewed, for two years.
Welcomed 'Orinoco' to the Forum, pleased to see more owners taking
advantage of it. You registered on there yet? You will
need the password you were sent when you enrolled, lost it?
Just mail us and we will check your membership and send the
Friday 1st January 2021!!!
Welcome to a wholly different New Year!!
The photo I took in Dover during my
round UK trip in 2018.
|We welcome in 2021 with a couple of great
reasons for real enthusiasm.
As of 2300 last night
we officially are an 'independent sovereign nation' again and a
British made vaccine is being rolled out, not only to protect us,
but available to the whole world, for a fraction of the cost of
other vaccines! Britain can really lead in so many fields...
Really hoping 2021 will be a different year to the last
one, which we would like to forget asap!
I have the
forms on my office desk to fill in, to be able to return to
my berth in Bradwell marina!
I also have
the half tide mooring at Tollesbury to pay for and one of the
first jobs I will have to do next season will be to change the
riser chain on that mooring and fit a new mooring buoy! It
is a strong enough mooring to take a 30ft boat, so long as you are
OK drying out at half tide, available to friends and members, if
you are visiting this beautiful part of the Essex coast and need a
I was in some doubt I would be able to
get back to my berth at Bradwell this year... As a berth holder
at Bradwell for 25 years, I was fortunate to be allowed to 'have a
year off' with the promise that I could return to my berth, when it
was safe to do so. Pleased to say the grandson of the owner,
Arthur, was good to his word!
Last year it was impossible
to get my boat out of the barn, transport her back to the marina,
step the mast and rig her etc., without breaching all the rules in
'Lockdown 1'. I always rely on my two good friends and
regular crew, Keith and Phil to be able to do all this, as well as
the local farmer for the tow from his barn back to Bradwell.
Looking forward to Darian and myself and all of my crew
getting the new vaccine, so we will be able to launch late
As 'Fiddler's Green' was nigh on
ready to launch back in April last year, all jobs sorted,
all she needed was the antifouling, so it will be an easy
job to finish the fitting out. (Unless of course I find a
few more 'little jobs' to do!)
Hoping all can have the same
positive outlook for sailing this year... For some it
has been very difficult.
Finally a welcome to Raf in
Belgium who joined us a couple of days back, as a 'Friend'.
He is deciding which of our designs he is going to have built in
steel for a rather long voyage he is planning to undertake.
He is hankering after the steel Eventide 26, but is also
considering building a steel Riptide!
So a toast to '21 and
we look forward to crossing wakes with many friends.