A customer writes
A Customer Writes is a new feature in our newsletters where customers can write about boating matters that are on their mind. Scroll down to read letters and responses. Submit your letters to email@example.com, and we will choose one per issue for publication.
June 2018 Letter: On the rules of the road and fairway ettiquete
Recently, on departing U Pier in 20knot winds from the NE we turned to starboard to enter the main marina channel at about two knots. We had seen a large launch to our port in the channel, about 25metres away – there was plenty of room for us both as he could easily have turned to port or slowed down as he was head to wind with no other traffic. I chose not to stop and let him pass as the wind would have blown us to port and compromised our safe passage. Now at this point we were the ‘right of way vessel’ as we were on his starboard side. Unfortunately, he was of a different opinion and let us know this through a sustained blast on his very impressive horns, followed by a verbal tirade.
I was well aware of my obligations to avoid a collision, but this was never imminent
He proceeded to maintain his speed and course and had some sort of pleasure in coming up to us a metre or so behind whilst continuing the horn nonsense.
Therefore, I ask that the ‘rules of the sea” be clarified to those who are of the misapprehension that the “main” channel has right of way.
I prefer to see the marina as a “shared space” and one in which fellow boaties are conducive with each other’s movements.
Corran & Clare
Please send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish them in our next newsletter.
April 2018 Letter: Recycling Frustrations
Like many boat enthusiasts, I went out this weekend. On my return, I noticed that most boat owners also coming back did not bother recycle most of their bottles and cartons, throwing their rubbish unsorted in the red bins. For fishing and ocean lovers, I thought that was quite strange... to say the least. Would there be a way for the Marina to encourage boat owners to sort their rubbish when arriving on land? (does not take much time sincerely). A positive email mentioning helping the community to reduce landfill and improve recycling effort would be great ;-)
- Due to the older demographic there may be less 'awareness' here but as one of the few sailors in the marina under 40, I also find recycling a challenge from time to time.
- As there isn't enough room for multiple bins inside the yacht, sometimes at the end of a long sail, it can be tiring to sort through everything.
- Providing reusable recycling pvt sacks or buckets for sailors to use and then return, so they can keep the recycling separate while on the journey.
- Could also be done for compost as well which would really bring down the landfill burden. Even soft plastics are now recyclable (but once again in a separate bag and currently you have to take them to special drops offs at supermarkets).
- Stationing staff adjacent to the bins during busy times for 'recycling compliance checks' may motivate behaviour changes
- On our yacht we separate general rubbish and recyclables as we go and take the two sorts to the respective bins. No effort.
- Encourage boaties to have two bins on board, one for rubbish and one for recycling – it works extremely well on our boat.
- What about getting one of your staff to monitor different bins on Sunday afternoons from 3pm -5pm say, and to politely point out if necessary their wrongdoing.
- Some marinas, such as Whangaroa have individual ‘bins’ for each colour glass, different types of plastic, tin cans separate from aluminium, cardboard separate from paper. etc. That Marina has a user pays system for actual landfill rubbish. .
- More signage as to what can go in each bin. In my experience with recycling, the plastic bags, that people may have used while collecting their recyclables on their boat, can NOT go in to the recycling bin as it damages the machinery at the sorting stations.
- It could be worth employing some students or volunteers and staff when available, to interact with boaties at the end of a long weekend, and after race days. These people can help boaties sort their rubbish until they get used to the systems. Hopefully they are doing it at home so it shouldn’t be too hard.
- Talking to people on site and asking them to make a pledge to recycle responsibly. Boaties can then have a ‘sticker’ on their power / water pole showing that they recycle responsibly. When other boaties see that, they will be inspired to do the same thing.
- This video, produced by Auckland Council and Visy Recycling is excellent. If Westhaven recycling goes to Visy, it would be good to include the link in future Westhaven Newsletters.
Thanks to those that contributed!