The owner of a RHIB that smashed into a yacht rendering it useless has been fined £1,500 in court. The 28ft yacht ‘Charlotte-Anne’ was moored at Killyleagh, in Northern Ireland, when the RHIB ‘Red Rubber’ crashed into its side.
Portaferry RNLI attended the incident, which occurred around 2am on 13 July, 2012.
Ralph Carson, 56, from Killyleagh, who owned the RHIB, was sentenced at Downpatrick Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
He had pleaded guilty to three charges: failing to take reasonable steps to ensure that it was operated in a safe manner, failing to navigate it safely, and failing to keep a lookout.
Carson was fined £500 for each of the three charges.
Carson, who was navigating at the time of the incident, was also ordered to pay an offender’s charge of £15.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) assisted police in bringing about the prosecution.
Bill Bennett, area operations manager for Northern Ireland for the MCA, said: ‘It is very important that all vessels navigate safely, have a proper passage planned and maintain a good lookout at all times. Failure to do so could result in catastrophic consequences.’
Practical Boat Owner has teamed up with The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) to find the ‘GJW Marina of the Year’.
Nominations are open to any Gold Anchor rated marina but are made exclusively by customers. The number of berths in a marina is taken into consideration when counting nominations and they are calculated on a percentage of capacity basis.
There are four categories:
British marina of the year – available to UK coastal (tidal) marinas
Inland marina of the year – available to UK inland (non tidal) only
International marina of the year – available to non-UK marinas only
Employee of year – an international award, nominated by the boater
All nominations will be reviewed by a panel of independent judges, who will decide on the winner based solely on the customers’ feedback.
Category winners and the three runners up in each category will be announced at TYHA annual general meeting on 5 February 2014.
The award is also sponsored by PBO’s sister magazine Motor Boat & Yachting.
PBO Editor David Pugh said: ‘Over the last five years PBO’s Marina Price Guide has become established as the number one source for boat owners to find competitive berthing in their area.
‘The GJW Marina of the Year awards complement this by allowing customers to vote for their best marina, based on the facilities they enjoy and the services they receive. ‘We’re delighted to be involved.’
All about the boaters’ experience
TYHA General Manager Gareth Turnbull said: ‘This award is about the boaters experience and through our Gold Anchor Award Scheme we have inspected the marinas to ensure they are well managed and eligible to be nominated for marina of the year.
‘Whoever the winner is, they will certainly be offering something special to their customers.’
Award recipients have the right to use the logo and they will receive a framed certificate and trophy.
As well as having the rights to use the branding, winners and runners up will be announced in Practical Boat Owner, Marina World and Motor Boats and Yachting and through a press release issued by TYHA.
To apply email firstname.lastname@example.org who will register your marina for the award. All nominations must be received by TYHA by the 1 January 2014 and the panel will confer during January to select the winner of each category.
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The Practical Boat Owner website provides a very detailed glossary of nautical terms. This may be useful to you if you are new to the world of sailing and yachting, or maybe you are just a little rusty with your seafaring language.
Here is a taster of the words in the glossary to test yourself on:
A fixed pile of timber, concrete or metal which is used for mooring a ship, and especially for warping in or out of a dock. Also used of a navigational beacon if standing in water and rather massively built.
A hole through the bulwarks, or even through the bows of the hull itself, where the anchor chain enters. The chain then disappears down through the deck and into the chain locker via the Navel pipe.
To swell, or swell up. Likewise to plim up. Used of plums and suchlike by fruit growers, and of the planking of wooden boats by yachtsmen. A boat which has been long ashore may take water when first put afloat, but, just ‘give her time to plim up’ and she’ll get tight.
Stays, usually of wire rope, supporting the mast at each side. Cap shrouds go to the top of the mast, ‘lowers’ go to some intermediate point, often about two-thirds of the way up, where Spreaders are fitted.
A warning on a chart to be vigilant for a possible danger, not exactly specified nor even certain to exist. Reported potential dangers, which may or may not exist and whose position is doubtful, are themselves called vigia.