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Access to a boat in a private marina for service and inspection

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    Registered Users Posts: 4 nconroy

    My local marina is closed due to the covid19 lockdown. I have a boat moored in a private marina and have, for years, inspected it on nearly a weekly basis for ropes, fender and onboard systems condition. Onboard systems would include batteries, mains battery charging. Would also check for water ingress and bilge pumps operation.

    Has anyone any insight or experience on how the covid 19 restrictions cater for such inspection by owner.


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  • There's a lot of us waiting to get access to our boats at the moment, but unfortunately we must wait until the government relax the restrictions to a point where we can make the journey to/from the marinas/harbours where they are located.

    If you're on a private marina, you can be sure that the marina staff will be doing making rounds to check on the boats (I know that's what's happening at Malahide Marina).

    There could be some easing of restrictions next week which could permit travelling to/from marinas/boat yards, but until it's announced, we cannot go anywhere.

  • Thanks everybody for replies.
    It looks like we may have to wait and see what happens in the next review of the covid restrictions, I have looked on other forums and there is nothing to see on the subject.

    My marina is on Lough Derg and the owner does check the ropes and fenders and any other external elements of the mooring.
    I don't expect him (not that I would mind) to go onboard and check the internal systems, every boat is different and he would not be familiar with them.

    Apart from my personal wish to inspect the boat, my insurance policy has an expectation that due care is been taken to ensure the boat does not sink whilst laid up at its mooring.

    I am going to take a trip up and we will see if I can convince the Guards that this is an essential maintance trip to inspect the boat.

    I will let you know what happens.

  • nconroy wrote: »

    I am going to take a trip up and we will see if I can convince the Guards that this is an essential maintance trip to inspect the boat.

    I will let you know what happens.

    Your boat will be fine if its in a marina they will know if it is listing or filling up with water and will deal with it the last thing they want is an oil and fuel spill to clean up.
    Taking a trip that is not necessary puts other people at risk that don't give a dam about your boat, what if you got involved in an accident and crashed your car or fell off the dock an banged your head the amount of people that would be involved in getting you to hospital would all be putting themselves and you at risk.
    We all love our boats here but love our families more please play by the rules and stay at home.


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