November 15, 2016
NSBA recently sent a message to members informing them of the tolls changes proposed for 2017/18 with a list of bullet points highlighting particular areas of concern for private boat owners. NSBA has received a letter from Professor Jacquie Burgess, chair of the Broads Authority responding to these points.
The content of the letter with annotations by NSBA can be downloaded here. Officers of NSBA will be meeting with Professor Burgess and Dr Packman next week and look forward to continuing the discussion.
November 8, 2016
Note the following Notice to Mariners from the Broads Authority:
Closure of Cockshoot Dyke 24hr Mooring
Notice is hereby given that Cockshoot Dyke 24hr mooring will be closed to navigation for re-piling and refurbishment work from Monday 12th December 2016 until Friday 31st March 2017.
During this period there will be no public access to the mooring and therefore no access from the mooring to the adjoining boardwalks.
If there is a specific need for access to the mooring or Cockshoot Broad Boardwalk please contact Tom Hunter on 01603 756066.
November 4, 2016
The Navigation Committee of the Broads Authority has recently approved a radical change in the structure of tolls for 2017/18. This follows advice from a 7 member BA Tolls Review Group set up in September 2015.
Whilst the effect on hire boats is modest, many private boat owners will face dramatic changes in the level of their tolls.
- Almost a third of motor boats face an increase of over 10%
- Many traditional broads sailing cruisers have an increase of over 20% – some over 50%!
At the same time, very small boats will see large reductions in tolls – around 20% for an Optimist dinghy or a 15’ motor launch. A calculator with tables setting out the effect on your toll can be found here: private-tolls-2017_18
NSBA are disappointed that the Navigation Committee has chosen an outcome which will adversely affect a large number of private boat owners. We encourage boat owners to express their views directly to the Broads Authority to reinforce our comments.
Now the quiz: See which boats the BA are encouraging via their Tolls policy:- One boat has a 16% increase, the other is over 30%
Yes – you’ve guessed – the Fairline is 15.8% and the River Cruiser is 30.2%
Click here to see some other examples of new 2017 Toll changes.
November 4, 2016
Note the following from the Broads Authority:
The planned dredging work in Rockland Boat Dyke is due to start slightly ahead of schedule on Monday 7 November 2016. Between Monday 7 November and Sunday 13 November 2016 Rockland Boat Dyke and Rockland Staithe will remain open, but boaters must approach with caution and may experience restricted width and some delay as works barges are manoeuvred.
As published in NTM Notice 06 of 2016 Rockland Boat Dyke and Rockland Staithe will then be closed to navigation between Monday 14 November and Friday 23 December 2016 and also between Monday 9 January and Friday 20 January 2017.
Rockland Broad, The Fleet Dyke and the Short Dyke will remain open to navigation, but mariners should be aware that during the periods of the closures barges will be moving across Rockland Broad and in the Short Dyke.