Drunken Online Boat Purchases Described as a Plague of Harbour Masters
Captain Paul Thomas, the harbour master in Fowey, Cornwall has made a plea for people to stop impulse buying boats ‘after a few drinks’.
Thomas has become enraged at a growing number of abandoned boats littering ports around Britain that he believes have been bought online by drunk boating amateurs and then ‘left to rot’ after sobering up and realising the extra costs incurred by owning a boat such as maintenance, insurance and mooring rates.
When a vessel is recognised as abandoned, its owner is given a written warning. Despite notifying the careless owners, in the last week a catamaran, fishing boat, a yacht and a number of various other vessels have been removed from Fowey harbour to be sold or scrapped.
Thomas said the problem is 'one of the plagues of harbour masters’
'People can be seduced into buying a boat really easily, often late at night and maybe after a few drinks, but buying it is the easy part - then there is mooring it, maintaining it and insuring it.’
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Article by Jack Bartrop