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General chat about anything / Re: Pin Mill Jetty
« Last post by damarri on February 16, 2018, 10:03:11 PM »
My view is that Pin Mill has a long association with barging and the repair and maintenance of barges and that tradition should be maintained.  I have no objection to maintenance, restoration or conversion work being carried out on the jetty, nor to people living on a boat that is being worked on.  BUT I do strongly object to raw sewage being discharged on the foreshore!  I think the jetty should be a "facility" for the use of barges and visiting boats and should not be permanently occupied by long-term residential vessels or Holiday lets.  I think that all contracts for visiting boats and barges should be short term (say 1 month) but renewable so that we have the ability to get rid of any vessel that becomes a problem.  I have looked at the Beta 3 website and it looks as though they are doing a great job and personally I would welcome such a project in Pin Mill and would enjoy watching it's progress......

General chat about anything / Pin Mill Jetty
« Last post by damarri on February 16, 2018, 09:41:17 PM »
You may or may not be aware that  the Jetty at Pin Mill is owned and managed by the "Pin Mill Bay Management Community Interest Company" and that there has been some question, not to say controversy, over it's use for the last couple of years, particularly by barges used for Holiday Letting.  The CIC has asked for the views of residents on how the Jetty should be used in the future and since our Sailing Club is represented in the CIC,  if you have a view, this would be a good place to air it!

This is an extract from the CIC letter :-

Some time ago the company’s ownership of the fixed jetty and its right to manage and charge for its use was challenged by the owner of the Dutch barge ‘Onderneming' which was moored there illegally and operating as a holiday let illegally.  The owner of the barge applied retrospectively to Babergh District Council for planning permission to provide holiday lets.  This was refused in October 2016 but despite continued pressure from both the Parish Council and the Pin Mill Bay Management Community Interest Company (CIC), Babergh have so far failed to enforce this. Since then the barge has been sold as a holiday let business to Woodfarm Barns & Barges.  The new owners have been informed of the illegality of their business and are considering their position.  We are confident that the barge will soon be moved.

The CIC has now been approached for a jetty mooring by the owner of Beta 3, a 1926 London fire boat which they are restoring and converting to a houseboat, (https:/  This brings into question the purpose of the jetty.  Originally it was envisaged that the jetty should only be used for the repair and maintenance of seaworthy vessels.  Should this also include restoration and conversion work?  If you would like your views to be expressed please let me know before our next board meeting on the 27th February.

Are you in favour of jetty use for:-

A.  Repair and maintenance of seaworthy craft only?

B.  Restoration of historic seaworthy craft?

C.  Conversion of commercial craft to houseboats?

D.  All the above?

E.  No residential use whatsoever?

F.  Residential use limited to the time craft are being worked on?

G. Residential use limited to three months?
Boat maintenance and technical stuff / Re: Fastenings for galvanised floors
« Last post by damarri on February 01, 2018, 08:49:32 PM »
Hi Rikgaffer and welcome to the Forum..........At the risk of exposing my ignorance, what is the difference between galvanizing and zinc plating?
Boat maintenance and technical stuff / Re: Fastenings for galvanised floors
« Last post by rikgaffer on February 01, 2018, 08:08:02 PM »
Another vote for galvanized bolts. If you use stainless the bolts will be fine but the galvanizing round the fixings will quickly disappear due to electrolytic action with the stainless. Just a note go to a reputable company ( The Galvanized Bolt & Nut Co. or South Essex Fasteners are excellent) and get hot dip spun galvanized bolts. There are many bolts on the market which claim to be galvanized but are merely zinc plated.
Crew wanted and available / crew wanted
« Last post by steve on January 20, 2018, 10:07:42 AM »
Hi there. Steve Miller Sailing Sec is looking for weekend crew- day cruises and races.Phone 780000
Social events / Re: 13th Jan 2018 - Quiz Night
« Last post by damarri on January 20, 2018, 08:35:07 AM »
It was a great evening but I have to confess to not doing very well.   ::)   Be honest........  How many of the flags did you get right?  I only got one!  That one (Diver down) I did actually know but I would have thought that if you guess the rest,  on the law of averages you should get at least one in four right.  Apparently not!  :-[

Crew wanted and available / Crew wanted
« Last post by steve on January 19, 2018, 01:26:03 PM »
Crew wanted - Mainly weekend day cruising/racing.
Social events / 27th Jan 2018 - Burns' Night
« Last post by Lee Foster-admin on January 03, 2018, 11:55:40 AM »
Click here to go to the website for more info, or to book.
Social events / 13th Jan 2018 - Quiz Night
« Last post by Lee Foster-admin on January 03, 2018, 11:52:15 AM »
Our champion Quiz Master, Gareth Craze, will be presenting another special Quiz for members in the club. So get your teams of 4 organised and come down for a fun evening. Nibbles will be served in the break.
General chat about anything / Radio Caroline is back!
« Last post by damarri on December 26, 2017, 05:04:56 PM »
Hey Folks,  it seems that Radio Caroline now has a LICENCE and is, or will be, transmitting from the "Ross Revenge" on 648kHz.  So, just like the good old days,  you can listen to it through the headphones on that old Seafarer Radio Direction Finder that you have kept in the bottom of a locker....... "just in case"!   It seems it is currently anchored in the River Blackwater near Bradwell in Essex and they have a website.......

'Cool man......  ;)


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