Fowey Harbourmaster: "Stop buying boats online when you're drunk"
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
The request may sound amusing, and we must admit it did make us giggle, but his request does have a serious message.
Captain Paul Thomas has made the request following a recent clear up of Fowey harbour, which saw the port authority have to deal with boats which had been effectively abandoned by owners who'd bought them without giving any real thought to how they would maintain them.
The harbour in Fowey is beautiful and is one of the main reasons people flock to the town every year, but the Port Authority actually has to do some hard work to keep it that way.
The Authority has to work hard all year round, Captain Thomas has claimed, because people often buy boats without thinking about the fees associated with keeping them seaworthy.
Captain Thomas said: "Would-be sailors and sea dogs could spend a bit more time thinking about what they're doing before splashing out on several tonnes of fishing boat online.
"In the last year we've had to deal with ten boats in Fowey which were abandoned, because people have been seduced into buying a boat after a few drinks, but making the purchase is the easy bit - what they don't realise is they have to moor, maintain and insure it.
"People are blind to how expensive it can be and end up abandoning their boats, leaving us to pick up the pieces."
That's meant the Fowey Harbour Commissioners has used powers given to them under the Harbour Act to get rid of ten boats in the past year, with costs varying from £100 to dispose of a small dinghy using a skip all the way up to tens of thousands of pounds to decommission and scrap a large fishing boat.
However, thanks to the hard work of the authority the harbour always looks its best for visitors to luxury hotels in Fowey.
As Captain Thomas says: "Leaving your boat to rot is just marine fly-tipping and we won't have it. This town is a stunning and beautiful place and we want it to stay that way."