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We received this press release from Clive Edwards of the Merchant Navy Association which may be of interest to our members.

Clive Edwards is a HOC Member with a Hardy Pilot 20SE mv "FELICE" which i will be using in connection with this WaterWatch initiative

Whilst emailing I should mention that any HOC members interested in getting involved with WaterWatch will be welcome to join the Merchant Navy Association as an associate member (Sub is only £8.00 per annum) and then become a member of our waterWatch crew.

The Merchant Navy Association Boat Club

Commodore: Clive Edwards, 19 Horsford Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UH

Tel 01305 781725, email commodore@seafarersafloat.uk

 Merchant Navy Association Boat Club to launch  “WaterWatch”

Following the formation of the partnership between the Merchant Navy Association (MNA) and the RNLI last autumn to promote the RNLI#s Respect the Water Campaign on the UK’s inland waterways the RNLI has recently re-branded its former Community Safety operations as “Water Safety”    

For some years the MNA Boat Club has operated a scheme to promote maritime safety under the brand name “SeaVue” whereby Boat Club members undertake to act as watchkeepers afloat to “Spot, Plot, and Report” incidents, potential incidents and hazards whenever they go afloat and to alert the Coastguard accordingly, in a manner very similar to the National Coastwatch (NCI) operating from their fifty or more look-outs around the coast

Given the involvement the MNA Boat Club now has with the RNLI in respect of promoting the Respect the Water campaign on inland waterways the Boat Club is now in the process of launching its  “MNA WaterWatch” scheme whereby MNA Boat Club members will undertake the same “Spot, Plot and Report” activities in respect of the UK’s inland waterways, including rivers, canals, lakes and the Broads. Initially the MNA WaterWatch scheme will be launched as a “pilot scheme” in their East Anglian region

The MNA’s WaterWatch members will operate both from their own boats and/or from ashore by means of ad-hoc patrols and will of course report to the relevant waterway authority rather than to HM Coastguard unless the incident is in an area such as a major tidal river or estuary. In some cases it may also be appropriate to report incidents  to the Nautical Institute’s Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting scheme known as CHIRP

The new MNA WaterWatch scheme is now  featured on the www.seafarersafloat.com website where details of the MNA Boat Club’s various other activities are also to be found

For further information contact Clive Edwards  on 01305 781725 or email commodore@seafarersafloat.com  or Steve Walker (MNA Boat Club East Anglian regional Chairman) on 07769 725434, email wavewalker@btinternet.com

Clive Edwards, 28th May 2020


We received this press release from Craftinsure, one of the advertisers in our magazine and website. Is this a new way of arranging your boat insurance?

Boat Insurance sails into the 21st Century

 Craftinsure.com, which has been setting the pace since becoming the first online boat insurer back in 2000, has turned the old fashioned world of boat insurance on its head again. The first boat insurance App that has full functionality, allowing you to manage your boat insurance, at your convenience, on your phone, is now available.

 We can use our phones to bank, to call a cab and to check the weather, so surely you should be able to sort your boat insurance out on your mobile?

 Craftinsure has not made the boring world of boat insurance really interesting, but we believe we have made it really easy.

 As you would expect, the App will notify you of forthcoming renewal and you can change your premium payment method on the App.

 You can also make a claim direct from the App on your phone and check progress through the App. The repairers you may need to get back on the water are all on the App and are listed nearest to where you are.

 You can take pictures of your boat along with expensive bits of kit and store them in the App, so if the worst happens, the claim is made easy.

You will be able to geolocate your boat on the App and so it will alert you when a major storm is on the way, but it will only give you the ‘heads up’ if the storm is likely to hit you.

To download the App simply open https://www.craftinsure.com/app on your phone

We received this press release from the Merchant Navy Association which may be of interest to our members.

Commodore: Clive Edwards, 19 Horsford Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UH

Tel 01305 781725, email commodore@seafarersafloat.uk

Merchant Navy Association (MNA) Boat Club  become RNLI Ambassadors to promote the RNLI’s Respect the Water Campaign on the UK’s inland waterways

On behalf of the MNA Boat Club I’m delighted to announce the publication of the attached leaflet outlining the partnership  between the MNA Boat Club and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).to promote the RNLI’s “Respect the Water” campaign to reduce the number of drownings around the coast and especially on our inland waterways. 

  I am delighted that the hugely respected RNLI has recognised the experience, skill and knowledge of MNA members by choosing to work with the MNA Boat Club.  The RNLI has now extended the opportunity to all members of the MNA with an invitation for them to play a part as “Ambassadors”  in promoting the RNLI’s “Respect the Water” campaign aimed at significantly reducing the 150 plus fatalities each year as a result of drowning.

“I am delighted to be working alongside the MNA with this initiative. We have a variety of ways of promoting our safety messages, but nothing beats a face to face conversation with a knowledgeable person. MNA members acting as RNLI Volunteer Ambassadors will be able to pass on their experience and knowledge to others in order to save more lives around our coasts and waterways.” Steve Instance, RNLI Community Safety Partner.

For further information please contact:

Seafarers Afloat: The Merchant Navy Association Boat Club - Supporting the RNLI 'Respect the Water Campaign'  
Seafarers Afloat website

Katie Beney, RNLI National Community Safety Partner,
Email Katie_beney@rnli.org.uk

Clive Edwards, MNA Boat Club Commodore 
Email clivecgedwards@gmail.com