Friday, April 16, 2010
Is your access to the water for boating under threat? Please answer by voting in the poll near the top of the sidebar over there >>>>>.
I wrote last week about how a former sailing club of mine had to close down because they effectively lost access to their sailing waters, a victim of a financial deal between the owners of the water and a commercial water-ski operator. Since then a couple of other bloggers whom I follow, Bonnie and O Docker, have also written posts about current and potential water access issues.
Hmmm. Losing access to the water? It's not an issue I think much about, but apparently it is a threat in some parts of the world for some recreational boaters. Perhaps I'm complacent because I am blessed to live in a place, Rhode Island, which has such a wealth of places to access the water -- state parks, town beaches, sailing clubs, community sailing centers, etc. -- not to mention a strong culture that supports boating of all kinds, that it is difficult it imagine us losing the ability to launch our boats somewhere. Or maybe I'm oblivious to the problem because I am a Laser sailor and I can launch my boat pretty much anywhere I can wheel a dolly to the water's edge; it's not so easy if you own a 30 foot yacht, I guess.
It's an issue I would like to understand better. So please educate me.
Please vote in the poll. (It's near the top of the sidebar.) Tell us whether you perceive any current or future threats to access to the water for recreational boating in your area.
And if you do think there is a threat, please leave a comment explaining more. Where are you talking about? What kinds of boats are affected? What is the source of the threat? What can be done about it?
Look forward to hearing from you.
Update: For what it's worth in this totally unscientific poll, the final votes were that 20 answered YES to the question, "Is your access to the water under threat?" and 19 said NO. Thanks to everyone who voted and especially to those who left a comment. I, for one, understand this issue a little better now.
Posted by Tillerman at 9:22 AM