Spotted any problems or improvements needed around the St Helier harbours or marinas during the season?
Your Committee will be meeting next Thursday 26th, after the summer break, so do let us know of any matters that need our attention. Call any committee member or email me via the 'Contact Us' page of the website.
Cartaret Entrance Warning
A large sandbar has been reported running north/south at the estuary mouth. Details & a photo are available on Digimap here. Cartaret marina staff are aware and plan to arrange dredging before the main season commences.
Seawolf's Latest Cruise
The first of a 6 part series of articles by past Chairman of the Association, Peter Pitcher, is published in the March edition of the free on-line magazine 'Motorboat Owner'. It covers the first leg of his cruise last summer from his winter berth in Holland to Norway in his & Gill's excellent (I would say that, wouldn't I, PDD!) Broom 425, Seawolf.
If you haven't already done so, you can sign up to receive the Motorboat Owner magazine by email at this address: www.motorboatowner.co.uk
New Trailer Boat Storage Facility
Rose Dawson has advised us that the new boat park at L'abri Farm is now open under the name of Gorey Boat Storage Ltd. For further information go to their website: www.goreyboatstorage.co.uk
We have received an email from 4insight who have been commissioned by CICRA, Jersey's regulatory body, which invites the Association and/or its members to comment upon the services provided by Ports of Jersey. See below for further information.
If you would like to take advantage this invitation, please either:-
Advise us St Helier Boat Owners Association of your observations so that we can share them with CICRA
Contact 4insight/CICRA directly yourself.
We look forward hearing from you.
2017 Boat Owners Survey Results
Ports of Jersey notified a wider range of users about this year's survey & as a result received double the number of responses. Click here to see the detailed analysis of the results.
South Pier Crane Works
Work to update the crane is expected to start tomorrow (17th June) & will continue till the middle of next week. Thereafter only those who have taken the training course will be permitted to use the crane.
St Helier Yacht Club are arranging courses with 4Training - contact Chris Parlett at the Club for further information.
South Pier Crane Refurbishment
The crane will be refurbished in May & thereafter can only be operated by those with appropriate training & insurance cover. Ports of Jersey's Robin Fitzgerald has provided the following information:
"Please be advised that there are planned works programed in to refurbish the lifting facility, on the end of South Pier. The work is due to commence either on the 22nd or the 25th May and is scheduled to take up to 3 days. During this period the facility, unfortunately, will not be operational.
The area immediately around and leading up to the crane will need to be kept clear during these dates.
Once the works are complete access to the crane will be restricted to those who hold the appropriate insurance, for using a lifting facility and
the Slinger Signal/Banksman certification. Proof of this will be required.
Those interested in continuing to use the lifting facility will need to contact the Ports of Jersey on tel 447779, where a mutually convenient time will be arranged to collect the new access card."
This is an artist impression of the Dept of Infrastructure's revised proposal for extending the cycle track past the French Harbour. They will be holding a drop in session to discuss the idea, at the La Folie end on Wednesday 1st March from 1600-1800.
Your Committee is keen to hear members' views - do phone a committee member, or send a message via the 'Contact Us' page.
Further information is available here:-
New Trailer Boat Park Application
Rose Dawson of L'abri Farm St Martin has submitted another planning application for trailer boat parking on part of field 585. The Association supported the previous attempt last year, which was turned down. The current application has distanced the boundary of the area from neighbouring properties to alleviate any concerns of the residents.
The current plans & supporting documents are available on the States Planning Register here.
The Association's comments in support should appear on the Planning website shortly and we encourage interested members to submit their individual comments via the 'Comment on application' tab.
Mike Stevens Retires
Mike Stevens, a founder member of the Association in 1990, announced his retirement at the recent Association Annual General Meeting. Mike was honorary Treasurer for 14 years before taking over as Chairman for a further 12 years.
In proposing Will Simpson to succeed him he said “I am pleased with what the association has achieved over the years. Most noticeable was our stand against the ill thought out idea of flooding the old harbour to turn it into a marina, and voicing objection to luxury flats on the Port Galots site. Both of which were dropped after public objection.”
In a message giving his apologies for absence, incoming Chairman, Will Simpson said “I know that I will not be alone in wanting to publicly thank Mike Stevens for the excellent job that he has done for so many years as Chairman of this association. No one should underestimate the degree of commitment and sheer hard work that he has put into the role, but he has always used his sense of humour to bring a little levity into the often quite serious & difficult issues that he and the association have had to confront on behalf of you, the boat owners in St Helier Harbour. We all owe him a debt.”
Vice Chairman Nick Wood commended Mike for his sterling efforts, commitment & hard work behind the scenes, including working on the Marine Development Group. On behalf of the committee & members he then presented him with a tankard & an Association pennant & wished him a happy retirement, to resounding applause from the some 75 members present.
Cranes Survey Results
New Website Completed
The broken links have been fixed, so everything should now be in order.
We hope you like the refreshed design & in particular the inproved appearance on smartphones.
As the provider of our website has introduced a new management program, the site has had to be re-created. Unfortunately this involved the site being offline for 24 hours until this afternoon & currently the links to Association documents are broken. Hopefully they will be re-established within the next couple of days.
Apologies for any inconvenience this work has caused.
The new pierhead repeater lights when leaving Elizabeth marina are now operational. The official advice given when these were planned was that boats leaving the marina, when faced with a red light may proceed with caution on the starboard side of the Small Roads. If proceeding to La Collette or the harbour they should wait for the light to go green.
We can expect a revised General Direction 7 to be issued shortly, providing full details.
Harbour Cranes Survey
To help Ports of Jersey to plan future maintenance/replacement of the cranes around the Istand's harbours they are conducting a usage survey. If you use the crane on South Pier (or any of the outlying harbours) please take a few minutes to complete the survey before the closing date, 27th May.
As reported in the April minutes, the sharp increase in fees after the 3rd month was raised at a recent meeting of the Marine Development Group. This increase was introduced some years ago for a very good reason - to encourage owners using the facility during the winter to complete their work & clear space in timer for the busy period of pre-season lift outs.
However sometimes apparently simple work can uncover other issues & difficulty in sourcing spares can cause unforseen delays, resulting in even the most diligent owners running up the penalty charges.
In such circumstances Myra Shacklady has advised that some flexibility can be negotiated. Don't expect any sympathy if you have left your work until the last minute, but it could be worthwhile contacting Mike Tait or Myra at an early stage, if you encounter unexpected problems beyond your control.
Demi des Pas & Gorey Pier Lights
These lights need replacement & Ports of Jersey are considering installing LED's which will have a shorter range, but higher intensity. Ports have opened a consultation about the change, to which the Association committee has responded that it has no objection. Individual members may make their own submissions should they wish, before the closing date of 15th April.