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Regulation requiring pleasure craft to sail not more than 15 miles from home port

Comment 26th July 2010

Amend regulation to not more than 15 miles from port of refuge. Under current law if a pleasuer craft with passengers wants to sail the 17 miles between Scarborough and Whitby it cannot as it exceeds the 15 mile limit, even though it is never more than eight miles from a port of refuge. However if sails 15 miles out to sea this is permitted even though if would be 15 miles from a port of refuge.

Why does this matter?

It is important to change it because the regulation allows a more unsafe condition than applied before it was introduced. Also it has had a detremental effect on tourism in the North Yorkshire area.

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