I’m a bit surprised at Sue off No Problem for quoting the last part of *** Maffi’s rant on her blog. Especially when she changes the word “Pricks” to “Pr*cks” because her grandchildren read it. Believe me, they’ll know what “Pr*cks” means…
***Note: Since I wrote this post Maffi has locked down his blog, so the link to his rant above no longer works for any of us. However, I have nothing to hide on here on my blog…
BTW Sue with ref to your “blonde moment” well, I’m a blonde, not a genius, but I’m no thicko “DOH” person either. And I’d much rather be blonde than grey! So am I having a grey moment? No…
FYI Bruce & Sheila on “Sanity Again” have booked a winter mooring here at Mercia marina, & last I knew, (when we spoke to them personally aboard their boat), they were considering making this marina their “base.” So after reading & approving Maffi’s rant, ask yourself does that make them 50% “infantile little pricks?” Or half “infantile little pricks?” Or just “fully fledged pricks… ?”
First of all I must say that marina based moorers have always felt this “CCer’s paying more” issue (thank goodness) has nothing to do with us, & have stayed out of it. So forgive me if we’re wrong in thinking that these quotes from Maffi’s blog post “rant” mainly refer to marina based boaters. They do, & we have the right to reply…
Maffi states, Quote: “I get nothing more for my £748 than any one else. You might argue that I get to moor up for free. Well it may have escaped your notice, but when you come out of your nice secure little parking lot with all the facilities, you too moor for free. Yes I know you pay to moor in the marina but you don’t pay to moor outside the marina so why should I.”
We don’t moor up for free out of the marina, that’s what we pay a licence fee for. And neither do we overstay. In the marina we pay mooring fees & have some very nice facilities, reflected in the price. (And rightly so). We have plenty of friends, it’s a social atmosphere, & we tootle off out whenever we want. You only sound resentful.
And Quote: “”You do not buy a boat thinking, “When I have my boat I wont be able to CC so I will make it hard for those that can”. You accept what it will cost you and enjoy your boat. If you don’t want to do that then go away and get a camper van, you are not wanted on the water.””
Wrong, it’s not a case of “I WON’T BE ABLE to CC,” at all, it’s a case of “I DON’T WANT TO CC” for every marina based boater. Personally speaking, we’re both retired too, & have no responsibilities now the kids have flown the nest. So why on earth would we want to make it harder for the CCer’s? It’s not the lifestyle we want at all, to us it must be very isolating & a very hard life, but we have respect for those that choose to do so. Who are you to sit in judgement & tell us to buy a camper van?
And Quote: “Why do all you whinging little shits who buy a boat, you cannot get good use out of, feel it is necessary for me to pay for your stupidity.”
We are not all whinging little shits, it is not “stupid” to buy a boat & not be out on the canal all the time. And you are not paying for that, BW are trying to screw you, not the marina based boaters.
And Quote: “Whereas most of you have a house and your boat is a hobby, my boat is my home. If you cant afford to keep your boat on the water its really no big deal, you can sell it and still have a home. If I cannot afford to keep my boat on the water it is a big deal because it is all I have got. I can sell it but at what loss? Then what? As a single, white, male with a small military pension I qualify for BUGGER ALL. Whilst £500 a month is not to be sneezed at I would have to live in a hostel. Thank you for your support, you snivelling little whinger!”
“Whereas most of you have a house and your boat is a hobby,” [PLURAL]
Well our boat is our home too, we also qualify for “BUGGER ALL,” so what? We don’t feel the need to moan about it, we’re happy about our life afloat. So we’re not all snivelling little whingers. Your finances have nothing to do with marina based boaters. But yes, we do have hobbies, dear me what a sin.
And Quote: “The simplicity of it is you are all jealous that some of us can have a fulltime life on the canal. You, are like spoilt little kids who, want someone else’s toys to play with. You are gonna scream until you get your way, you infantile little pricks. I have paid my dues, when you have paid yours you can have a life like mine. You will of course have to accept the bad bits, the muddy towpath, the lack of security, the spasms in your fingers from handling wet ropes nearly every day, the cramps in your legs that would fell a Marine, the spine that is only pain free in one position and you don’t know where that is. Until such time shut up.”
We’re all jealous about a full time life out on the canal? Give us a break, why do you think people CHOOSE to be BASED in a marina? And where do toys come into this issue? Nobody’s screaming, & we’re not all infantile little pricks, we’ve got better things to think about than hounding CCer’s or anyone off the canal. We pay our dues & wouldn’t want a life like yours even if it were free! You’ve listed some of the many reasons why not to put yourself in that position in your own sentence! And in your own words: “Until such time shut up” (?) Well who’s doing all the ranting here? Blaming marina based boaters or anyone else when it’s all about BW is simply ludicrous.
And Quote: “”What you Muppets should be saying is ‘I only come out of the marina for two weeks of the year so I want a discount’. Or you could argue that boats in marinas should only pay a licence fee when they come out on to the system. Don’t fuck the CCer up because you made a bad-purchasing decision. I made a good purchasing decision I get the maximum benefit out of my licence, as do many others, the same benefit as you are entitled to if you were not a numpty. What you really mean is you have a job and a family and cannot make best use of your boat? I had a job and a family! I waited until they had all flown the coup before I bought my boat.” “
The majority of “Muppets” go out for much longer than 2 weeks per year, & we don’t begrudge the principle of paying a licence fee wherever we are on the system. We also don’t begrudge the fact that (some of) those poor souls who stay out there 24/7 think they own the system, we laugh & joke about it. Neither did we make a bad purchasing decision, we made the decision that was right for us. Like I said we’ve got more important things to do in life than “fuck CCer’s up.” You’ve made your own decisions, (& aside from the issue of fees) it appears that you’re very unhappy with those decisions. You talk like you feel trapped. That’s not our problem it’s yours, so bite BW’s bullet & stop looking for other people to blame. Families with jobs are just as entitled to buy a boat & put it where they like as you are.
And Quote: “Leave us alone. You don’t want to piss us off coz if you Muppets get your way and we pay to moor, we are going to moor . . . . wherever we please . . . . in all the prime spots. You of course will complain, but will only have yourselves to blame.”
Do you have any idea how childish that sounds? Us “Muppets” in marinas haven’t touched you, so moor where you want to, we don’t particularly care! We bear no grudges or blame. Like you seem to.
And Quote: “The rank and file boater will not benefit from CCer’s paying any exrtra. Your licence fee will still increase by more than inflation year on year. It makes no sense to take this to it conclusion. When you are sixty plus and the bottom has fallen out of your pension pot and you cannot afford to live on your boat you are gonna be one sick puppy and I will be laughing at you from heaven or pissing on you from hell.”
You’re right about one thing, the rank & file boater will not benefit from CCer’s paying extra, BW would. So why lay the blame at someone else’s door? This really is all about BW not us. Oh & pissing in hell might put out your fire.
And finally Quote: “Give it up its a no win situation” Yes it is, & please do, for the sake of your blood pressure if nothing else. With this post you’ve done nothing but give continuous cruisers a bad name. Do you honestly think the powers that be would listen to any marina based “whinging pricks” anyway? Boaters haven’t been listened to for years – even as a group, and you know it…
And relax . . . . . .
Luv & kisses, Heth xxx