With the recent dramatic passing of Storm Imogen it was interesting to note at least two large cruisers firmly wedged against the high water springs point in Bosham Channel a couple of days back indicating either that their mooring had parted or that they had dragged their ground tackle such was the strength of the wind even in the comparative shelter of Chichester Harbour. Fortunately both were promptly retrieved on the next tide, hopefully without damage.
Nobody wants to contemplate their own demise, but the tax man benefits from a failure to do so, so let’s face the unpalatable reality that, unlike some Vikings and Egyptians, we are not going to be able to take our boats into the afterlife.
Sitting at my desk shuffling through the dog-eared bundle of bills of sale, invoices, out of date registration and warranty certificates and other detritus that normally represents the “Ships Papers” of most U.K pleasure vessels, I must inescapable conclude that purchasers of the smallest flats, or old bangers, receive more information and protection in such transactions, than any purchasers of pleasure vessels, irrespective of the crafts value or registration status!
The increased value of any harbour side property means that commensurate attention now has to be paid in all transactions to securing the entitlement to the use and enjoyment of the adjoining harbour, in circumstances where other competing organisations or authorities are increasingly looking to exercise sole control.
With many buyers already owning foreign property, the English yacht buying market is increasingly involved in foreign purchases, albeit of British Registered vessels kept abroad (principally the Mediterranean).
Three legal specialists from Portsmouth have had cause to leave their offices at 1000 Lakeside as client cases demanded they fly out to three different continents across the world.