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To all Mooring Licence Holders – March 2017

 

Results of the election for a Member

 

Nominations were invited for a new Member to represent the Licensees in the February 2017 newsletter.  Mike Croft, who was due to retire in rotation, stood for election and as no other nominations were received he is duly elected and we welcome his continuing service to the Company.

 

The list of Members is as follows:

 

Standing Members:

 

Gerrans Parish Council                           Owen Morse;

St Just Parish Council                            Barbara Sadler;

St Mawes Fishermen’s Association         Tony Tomlinson;   (Chairman)

Freshwater Boatyard                              Mark Humphrey;

Percuil Boatyard                                    Greg Webb;

Polvarth Boatyard                                   Roger Smith,

 

and four elected Members to be replaced by election in rotation::

 

Claire Wood                                          2020     (Director)

Mike Croft                                             2021

Brian Chenoweth                                    2018     (Director)

Steve Kendall                                        2019

 

Dougie Clode, Ian Eborall and Chris Thomas are also Directors, and John White is Company Secretary.

 

 

 

We wish you well for the 2017 season on the water.

 

 

To all Mooring Licence Holders – February 2017

 

1)                 

Report on the 2016 season

 

Fortunately we had a quiet season with no major security issues and only a few incidents of boats coming into contact which involved mooring contractors to help resolve the issue.  The Harbour Master’s patrols continued throughout the season and were useful in identifying occasional problems with boats.

 

2)                 

If you have a problem with your mooring

 

If you have concerns about the location of your mooring in relation to its neighbours you should discuss resolving this with your mooring contractor and also inform us of your concerns.

 

3)                 

Strops

 

Mooring strops should be kept as short as possible to limit swinging circles and there should be no more than 12-18 inches of spare length when the strop is pulled up vertically from the buoy.  The strop may be lengthened by up to 12 inches for the deeper water moorings in exposed areas.

 

Check rope strops regularly for chafe or other damage to avoid your boat coming adrift.  Boats with boweyes should ideally have chain, rather than rope, to the boweye and a supplementary strop onto the deck.

 

4)                 

Mooring Fee for 2017, your boat details and requests from John White, Company Sec.

 

The mooring fee for this year is £5.70 per foot of authorised length, an increase of 1.7%.  Please complete the form, amend if necessary, sign and return before 16th May with your payment. Please make sure you add your current email address to the licence application form to make communications quicker and easier. 

 

BACS details have been added to the licence application form to provide the option of payment by bank transfer rather than cheque, but you will still need to return your signed licence application form.

 

It is important that you provide the correct information regarding the boat using your mooring and a £30 admin fee will be charged to reissue the mooring licence if the boat on the mooring is found not to be the boat authorised on the mooring licence.  Please inform the Company by email to contact@percuilriver.co.uk  if there are any changes during the season and no fee will be charged.

 

5)                 

Subletting of Moorings

 

It is essential that licensees register all sublet moorings.

 

A renewal sublicence form is enclosed to those licensees who gave us details of their sublicence arrangement last year, and we would ask for these forms to be returned to us quickly, indicating whether the details are to remain the same, or should be changed.

 

If you are subletting as a new arrangement, please ask us for a sublicence application form or download it from www.percuilriver.co.uk.  As in previous years the admin charge of £30 will be waived for the first issue of a sublicence provided the application is made in time for a sublicence to be issued in advance of the boat using a mooring.  Applications made later than this will be charged the usual administration fee.

 

6)                 

Returned Moorings

 

We continue to have a small number of ‘A’ moorings returned by licensees who no longer need them and they are usually easily allocated to our waiting list applicants, who are pleased to have their own mooring.  We need to know not later than 1st March if you intend to return your mooring this year, otherwise you will be liable for the annual licence fee.  There is a payment for the value of the tackle if it is in good condition

once the transfer to a new licensee has been completed.

 

If you see anything on the river that gives you cause for concern, please report it to the Company or to the Harbour Patrol.

 

 

We wish you an enjoyable season on the water in 2017.

 

 

To all Mooring Licence Holders – March 2016

 

Results of the election for a Member

 

Nominations were invited for a new Member to represent the Licensees in the February 2016 newsletter.  Claire Wood, who was due to retire in rotation, stood for election and as no other nominations were received she is duly elected and we welcome her continuing service to the Company.

 

The list of Members is as follows:

 

Standing Members:

 

Gerrans Parish Council                      Owen Morse;

St Just Parish Council                                    Barbara Sadler;

St Mawes Fishermen’s Association   Tony Tomlinson;   (Chairman)

Freshwater Boatyard                          Mark Humphrey;

Percuil Boatyard                                 Greg Webb;

Polvarth Boatyard                               Roger Smith,

 

and four elected Members to be replaced by election in rotation::

 

Claire Wood                                        2020    (Director)

Mike Croft                                            2017

Brian Chenoweth                                2018    (Director)

Steve Kendall                                      2019

 

 

Dougie Clode, Ian Eborall and Chris Thomas are also Directors, and John White is Company Secretary.

 

 

To all Mooring Licence Holders – February 2016

 

 

1)              

Report on the 2015 season

 

No major security issues were reported and there were a small number of incidents of boats coming into contact where mooring contractors were involved to try and resolve the issue.  The Harbour Master’s patrols continued throughout the season and were useful in identifying occasional issues with boats.

 

2)              

If you have a problem with your mooring

 

If you have concerns about the location of your mooring in relation to its neighbours you should discuss resolving this with your mooring contractor and but also inform us of your concerns.

 

3)                

Strops

 

Mooring strops should be kept as short as possible to limit swinging circles and there should be no more than 12-18 inches of spare length when the strop is pulled up vertically from the buoy.  The strop may be lengthened by up to 12 inches for the deeper water moorings in exposed areas.

 

Check rope strops regularly for chafe or other damage to avoid your boat coming adrift.  Boats with boweyes should ideally have chain, rather than rope, to the boweye and a supplementary strop onto the deck.

 

4)              

Ian Eborall appointed as a Director

 

We are delighted to welcome Ian Eborall as a Director.  He will be assisting with the running of the Company both on and off the water.  He lives locally, is a licensee and has a Marieholm in the river.

 

5)              

Mooring Fee for 2016, your boat details and requests from John White, Company Sec.

 

The mooring fee for this year is £5.60 per foot of authorised length which is the same as last year.  Please complete the form, amend if necessary, sign and return before 16th May with your payment. Please make sure you add your current email address to the licence application form to make communications quicker and easier. 

 

BACS details have been added to the licence application form to provide the option of payment by bank transfer rather than cheque, but you will still need to return your signed licence application form.

 

It is important that you provide the correct information regarding the boat using your mooring and a £30 admin fee will be charged to reissue the mooring licence if the boat on the mooring is found not to be the boat authorised on the mooring licence.  Please inform the Company by email to contact@percuilriver.co.uk  if there are any changes during the season and no fee will be charged.

 

 

6)              

Subletting of Moorings

 

It is essential that licensees register all sublet moorings, this avoids confusion on the river and ensures the appropriate licence is issued to sub licensees.

 

A renewal sublicence form is enclosed to those licensees who gave us details of their sublicence arrangement last year, and we would ask for these forms to be returned to us quickly, indicating whether the details are to remain the same, or should be changed.

 

If you are subletting as a new arrangement, please ask us for a sublicence application form or download from www.percuilriver.co.uk.  As in previous years the admin charge of £30 will be waived for the first issue of a sublicence provided the application is made in time for a sublicence to be issued in advance of the boat using a mooring.  Applications made later will be charged the usual administration fee.

 

7)              

Returned Moorings

 

We continue to have a small number of ‘A’ moorings handed back to us by licensees who no longer need them and they are usually easily allocated to our waiting list applicants, who are pleased to have their own mooring.  We need to know not later than 1st March if you intend to return your mooring this year, otherwise you will be liable for the annual licence fee. 

 

8)              

Change to Licensees meeting

 

As there have been very few attendees at the Licensees meeting in the past few years we have decided to only hold a meeting when there are matters of wider interest to discuss.   However a minimum of 10 licensees can put forward a request to the Directors to call an open meeting of Licensees.  Otherwise, the Directors are willing to answer any questions that licensees may have on an individual basis.

 

9)              

Changes to tackle transfers

 

 

Changes have been made to the wording regarding returning moorings to clarify the position that the Company is acting as an agent in the transfer of the tackle between the former and new licensees.  These changes are enclosed and should be attached to the Mooring Licence Conditions from 1st April 2014 which were sent out in 2014.

 

 

To all Mooring Licence Holders – March 2015
 
Results of the election for a Member 
 
Nominations were invited for a new Member to represent the Licensees in the February 2014 newsletter.  Steve Kendall, who was due to retire in rotation, stood for election and as no other nominations were received he is duly elected and we welcome his continuing service to the Company.

 

To all Mooring Licence Holders – February 2015
 
1) Report on the 2014 season
 
No major security issues were reported and there were a small number of incidents of boats coming into contact where mooring contractors were involved to try and resolve the issue.  The Harbour Master’s patrols continued throughout the season and were useful in identifying occasional issues with boats.
 
2) Changes to mailings from the Company
 
To reduce postage costs and administration time we intend to do one annual mail shot in February with the licence application form, newsletter and request for nominations for election.  
 
We also increasingly would like to use email for communications so please add your email address to the licence application form.  The annual licence will be emailed to you on receipt of payment.
 
All savings will go towards keeping licence fee increases as low as possible.
 
3) Mooring Fee for 2015
 
The mooring fee for this year is £5.60 per foot of authorised length.  The increase almost entirely represents the additional rent payable to the Place Estate.  We keep the fee as low as possible and from this year the increases should be around inflation only.  Please complete the form, amend if necessary, add your email address, sign and return before 16th May with your payment.
 
4) Subletting of Moorings
 
A renewal sublicence form is enclosed to those licensees who gave us details of their sublicence arrangement last year, and we would ask for these forms to be returned to us quickly, indicating whether the details are to remain the same, or should be changed.  If you are subletting as a new venture, please ask us for a sublicence application form or download from www.percuilriver.co.uk. No administrative fee will be payable if we receive these details before the mooring is used this year.
 
5) Returned Moorings
 
We continue to have a small number of ‘A’ moorings handed back to us by licensees who no longer need them and they are usually easily allocated to our waiting list applicants, who are pleased to have their own mooring.  We need to know not later than 1 March if you intend to return your mooring this year, otherwise you will be liable for the annual licence fee.  The Company will purchase the tackle on returned moorings.
 
6) Loan Moorings
 
As mentioned in the newsletter last year, licensees who do not need their mooring temporarily can return their mooring on loan for an agreed length of time and it will be allocated to someone waiting for a mooring.  The licensee benefits by not having to pay the licence fee and having their mooring serviced and in use.  Further details can be found at www.percuilriver.co.uk/loan-moorings or by contacting the Company.  A number of licensees have already taken advantage of this option.
 
7) Meeting for Mooring Licensees
 
There will be a meeting for all mooring Licensees at the
Portscatho Memorial Hall on Tuesday 7th April at 7:00 pm
 
The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for the Company to report on its activities during the past year, and answer questions and receive feedback from Licensees. 
 
 
We wish you an enjoyable season on the water.
 

 To all Mooring Licence Holders – March 2014

 1)         Results of the election for a Member

 Nominations were invited for a new Member to represent the Licensees in the February 2014 newsletter.  Brian Chenoweth, who was due to retire in rotation, stood for election and as no other nominations were received he is duly elected and we welcome his continuing service to the Company both as a Member and as our Operations Director.

 

2)         Hugh Jones is retiring

 Hugh Jones has decided to retire from his role as our Company Secretary and Treasurer.  He has done an excellent job for more than 12 years and many licensees who have had direct contact with him over this time will have appreciated his help.   On behalf of all licensees we thank him for his contribution and give him our best wishes for the future.

 A replacement for Hugh is currently being advertised locally in the Roseland Magazine and on Roseland Online.  If you know of anyone who may be interested in taking on the role, which is the only paid role within the Company, please contact Claire Wood on 01326 270086 for more details.

 3)         Meeting for Mooring Licensees

 There will be a meeting for all mooring Licensees at the

Portscatho Memorial Hall on Tuesday 15th April at 8:00 pm

 The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for the Company to report on its activities during the past year, and answer questions and receive feedback from Licensees.

 4)         Mooring fee for 2014/15 and licence applications

 As reported in the February newsletter, the fee for 2014/15 is £5.40 per foot of authorised length and our application forms/invoices are enclosed.  The fee increase has been kept to an absolute minimum.  Please complete the form, amend if necessary, sign and return before 16th May with your payment.

 5)         Sub-Licence Applications

 Sub-licence application forms for the renewal of any ongoing sublets were sent out in February.  Please return these as soon as possible if you have not already done so, with any alterations shown.

 A sub-licence application needs to be completed for any new subletting arrangements.  For 2014/15 season the administration fee of £30 will be continue to be waived for the first issue of a sub-licence provided that the application is made in time for a sub-licence to be issued in advance of a boat using a mooring.  Applications made later will be charged the usual administration fee.   Forms can be downloaded from www.percuilriver.co.uk.

 6)         Change of boat

 

Please remember to inform your mooring contractor of any change of boat on your mooring and ask them to make sure that the weight and size of the stone / mooring tackle is suitable for the boat.  Underweight tackle might allow a mooring to drag particularly with a combination of windy conditions and high spring tide.

 7)         Updated Mooring Licence Conditions

 The Mooring Licence Conditions have been updated and include the changes made in recent years and the removal of references to Licence Class B, as they no longer exist having been returned to the Company this winter and reallocated to waiting list applicants.  The payments for mooring tackle have been changed with effect from 1 April 2014 to reflect their increased cost. 

  We wish you well for the 2014 season on the water.

 

To all Mooring Licence Holders – February 2014

  1)         Report on the 2013 season

                       Security - fortunately, the spate of thefts experienced in 2012 did not continue into 2013 and we were advised by the policed that they had tracked down one gang of organised criminals who were no longer operating in Britain.

                       Mooring Incidents - there have been a small number of incidents of boats coming into contact.  These have been followed up with the licensees and in a few cases the stone has been moved to help resolve the problems.

           

            Speeding - again a few incidents, but several buoys showing the speed limit have been laid in the river to remind both local and non-local users of the limit.

                       Mooring maintenance - all moorings should now meet the Company’s minimum mooring specification and all our mooring contractors have agree to work to this.  All moorings should be clearly marked with the number, so please ensure your mooring is so marked.

                    Security patrols - the Harbour Master’s patrols continued through last season and were very useful in identifying occasional issues with boats, as well as providing a visible presence to deter any potential crime.

 2)         Returned Moorings

 We continue to have a small number of ‘A’ moorings handed back to us by licensees who no longer need them and they are usually easily allocated to our waiting list applicants, who are pleased to have their own mooring.  We need to know not later than 1 March if you intend to return your mooring this year, otherwise you will be liable for the annual licence fee.  The Company will purchase the tackle on returned moorings.

                      3)         Moorings Not in Use

                      We know there are a number of moorings not in use, and yet we have people on the waiting list who want a mooring.  We have agreed the following proposal to try and resolve this, in line with our aims of having affordable moorings for the mutual benefit of licensees.  In the case of unused moorings we may ask the licensee if they will allow their mooring to be managed by the Company and allocated to someone on the waiting list.  They would not have to pay the licence fee, but they would retain their rights to the mooring.  The arrangement would be for a set period agreeable to both parties (anything from one year upwards) and renewable at the end of the set period if the licensee wished to continue the arrangement.  The waiting list applicant would have to take it on that basis and would be responsible for the licence fee and the annual maintenance of the mooring.  For moorings in good condition it would straightforward for the waiting list applicant to take it on, but if it requires renovation, the applicant would have to agree to pay for this.  There would no charge or payment for the tackle to either party.

           

            The benefits to licensees is that they would retain the rights to their moorings and would not be liable for either the licence fee or the annual maintenance of their moorings.  The waiting list applicant would get a mooring at cost, but must accept that this would be for a limited period only.

                       We think this should be a win-win situation, helping to provide moorings to people on the waiting list, many of them being local residents who are regular river users.

                       If you are willing to enter into this arrangement with your mooring, please inform us.

                       4)         Subletting of Moorings

                       A renewal sublicence form is enclosed to those licensees who gave us details of their sublicence arrangement last year, and we would ask for these forms to be returned to us quickly, indicating whether the details are to remain the same, or should be changed.  If you are subletting as a new venture, please ask us for a sublicence application form.  No administrative fee will be payable if we receive these details before the mooring is used this year.

                       5)         Mooring Fee for 2014

                       The mooring fee for this year is £5.40 per foot of authorised length.  The increase almost entirely represents the additional rent payable to the Place Estate.  We keep the fee as low as possible and from next year increases will be significantly lower as the rent payable will plateau (apart from inflation).  Fee demands will be sent out end of March/early April.

            

            6)         Have you lost an Optimist?  One was found attached to a mooring having probably floated off a beach.  We have not been able to trace the owner and apart from the name (Messack IV) there were no identifying marks.  If you have any useful information, please inform us.

  

To all Mooring Licence Holders – March 2013

  

1) Change of Director and results of the election for a Member

Greg Webb has retired as Moorings Director but will continue as a Member of the Company representing Percuil Boatyard.  We thank him for his outstanding service for many years and his efforts to ensure boats are as safe as possible on their moorings.  We welcome Dougie Clode as the new Moorings Director; he has worked on the river for many years and recently retired as Foreman at Freshwater Boatyard.

In the February 2013 letter we asked for nominations for a new Member elected by the Licensees.  Mike Croft was nominated and as no other nominations were received he is duly elected and we welcome him as a Member to the Company.  Mike is well known to many Licensees through his junior sailing role at St Mawes SC and lives close to the river.

2) Mooring fee for 2013/14 and licence applications

As reported in the February newsletter, the fee for 2013/14 is £4.95 per foot of authorised length and our application forms/invoices are enclosed.  Please complete the form, amend if necessary, sign and return before 16th May with your payment.

3) Sub-Licence Applications

Sub-licence application forms for the renewal of any ongoing sublets were sent out in February.  Nearly half of these have not yet been received back, so please return these as soon as possible if you have not already done so, with any alterations shown.

A sub-licence application needs to be completed for any new subletting arrangements.  For 2013/14 season the administration fee of £30 will be continue to be waived for the first issue of a sub-licence provided that the application is made in time for a sub-licence to be issued in advance of a boat using a mooring.  Applications made later will be charged the usual administration fee.   Forms can be downloaded from www.percuilriver.co.uk.

4) Boat Security

There was a significant increase in the number of thefts of outboard engines from moored boats in the 2012 season.  We understand that some of the thefts of the larger engines may have been due one of the Eastern European gangs operating on a national basis and one such gang operating in the south west was recently caught.  For this season it is important to be vigilant and report anything suspicious and take preventative measures.

Please ensure that you have a record of your engine serial number so the police can identify stolen property, link it with a crime and return it to the owner.  Also, please make sure that any tenders can be identified, as we are occasionally informed of tenders found floating in the river, and we cannot reunite them with the owner if they have no markings.

The police have also asked us to pass on the following advice:

Please consider marking your marine equipment with a unique marking solution such as DNA Selectadot or even a permanent marker with identifying details such as postcodes.  This will deter thieves in the first instance and show you have taken measures to protect your property as well as facilitating a speedier return to owners if recovered by Police.

Chandlers can recommend on anti theft devices for outboard engines, these are particularly vulnerable and attractive to thieves.  There are a range of devices on sale that will make it much more difficult to take an engine, no measures make an easy target.

There are even tracking devices for boats on the market, but even cheaper measures are effective in mitigating against crime, organised or opportunistic.

Police can advise on engine covers carrying the Police logo for your outboard engine which we supply to local businesses.  These are placed over the engine instead of the cowling, making the engine less desirable as it can be costly to replace a cowling and gains attention.  We also can provide literature on marine crime prevention, signs for clubs advertising the Boat Watch scheme and materials for individuals in the form of a Boat Watch poster.

If you have any information on any marine related crime please call Police. Dial 999 if
the theft is ongoing or persons are in the vicinity.  To report a crime or speak to a neighbourhood officer about marine crime please call the non-emergency number 101.

Percuil River patrol:

In response to the thefts, St Mawes SC has taken the initiative to try and set up a scheme whereby the Percuil River will be regularly patrolled at night by volunteers who will then report anything suspicious to the police. They have asked that if anyone can spare one night a month (or however often suits individuals) to contact Mark Humphrey at Freshwater Boatyard – office@freshwaterboatyard.com or 01326 270443. If you can provide your own RIB as well, so much the better.

Please support this initiative if you are able to.

5) Maintenance of moorings

As a reminder, all moorings must be serviced in the Spring before they are used.  It is a good idea to make sure that the tackle of any moorings which are not in use is checked for soundness; if left untouched they will eventually break.  Any moorings which sink must be reconnected and marked.

Last year some random checks of mooring tackle were done to follow up on the implementation of the mooring contractor guidelines.  All Licensees whose moorings were checked were informed and the results given to the relevant mooring contractor.  The programme of random checks will continue this season.

6) Accountant needed

We need a new accountant to prepare our annual accounts, file them with Companies House and file a corporation tax return.  We hope to find someone (possibly retired) who would be prepared to carry out this task (about half a day).  If you could help, please contact Hugh Jones at the Company’s address, or on our voicemail service.

7) Reminder for the forthcoming season

Exposed propellers –please remember to cover exposed propellers from the start of the 2013 season and ensure that both the bucket handle and the securing rope are sufficiently robust to withstand the pressures exerted by tide and wash.

Speeding - please consider the impact of your wash and speed on other boats and people in tenders and stay within the 5 knot speed limit.  Speed limit indicator buoys will be located at four points in the river early in the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answerphone:
07936 448 504