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Exile
Apr-29-2016 @ 12:02 AM                           Permalink
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Talking toilet issues TT I think that you are peeing into the wind on this one.
Take a look at the wider picture.
Sailing boats cause no pollution, no noise, add to the scenery and are the traditional means of transport of the area.
Look at the way cities and towns are trying to encourage walking/ biking or at least public transport. It would be perverse indeed if an area (with similar status to a NP) were not to encourage the same thing with their particular modes of transport.
One of my small sailing boats, 16 ft ish, attracts a toll of about £60 quid. That is almost doubled as I have a 2hp outboard attached. It is there for emergencies and some years never gets started. But the increased cost seems perfectly reasonable to me as it does have the potential to cause some pollution.

Finally I am sure that you agree with me that the Gods of the waters (sailors with traditional wooden boats exclusively propelled by wind) should pay no toll whatsoever  Smile

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Nope Smile  but Vintage Mobos should be exempt of course.
Exi I'm sure that your comments are tongue in cheek because I'm sure that you are just as aware as I am that the majority of "Green" policies are little more than box ticking and window dressing.
Personally I would insist that all Road users pay road tax and that includes push bikes and Vintage cars in just the same way that I believe all vessels should pay the same Toll.
IMHO the reason that Yachts are treated differently from Mobos is less to do with environmental issues and more to do with elitism just look at the make up of the B.A. in general and the Nav Com in particular, I think the truth of that is revealed in the fact that the disparity was around long before the Environment became a "cause"



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Me...tongue in cheek!

Well maybe a bit. However I do support the idea that sail should be cheaper than engines. Just as I do not agree with taxing bikes or even people walking.
Free power (obviously wind and legs in my example) really do not impact in the same way as engines. On several fronts.



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TT,

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there is no justification for Yacht Tolls to be less than Mobos, IMHO of course.
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Don't forget that sailies also pay no tax on their fuel, in fact, sailies don't pay anything for their fuel. How unfair is that? LOL boat-sail (Tongue firmly in cheek too).

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