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#sb20 – The Irish SB20 fleet has voted to remove the obligation to carry an outboard engine and fuel on the six–metre sportsboat class during racing. The class has also ditched the crew weight limit.
According to class president Justin Burke, the removal of the engine rule (rule C.5.1(6)) in favour of a new rule to carry two paddles instead has been a debatable point among class members. 'Some see an engine as a fall back safety option and others see it as a danger' he told Afloat.ie
The rule will save weight of up to 21 kg and its abolition follows a similar path taken by the intenational class where the 'outboard engine rule' was amended four years ago at the SB20 Worlds Championships.
In other changes, there will be no restriction on crew weight, there will be no weigh in and no requirement to be 270kg or less to race except for the SB20 national championship.
A 2015 calendar will issue shortly.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland has launched a new initiative to tackle boat crime.
Police officers will be visiting boat clubs in the next few months to discuss crime prevention measures that members can take. In addition, officers will be supplying clubs with a limited number of specially designed engine covers to make outboard boat engines less desirable to thieves.
Crime Prevention Inspector David Connery explains: "Last year, 24 boats were stolen in Northern Ireland and 58 outboard engine thefts were reported. Due to the nature of these crimes, it can take quite a while for the theft to be reported to us and detecting the equipment may prove difficult."
Inspector Connery said that Police want to work alongside responsible owners to reduce thefts from boats in their area and help deter potential offenders.
He continued: "Thieves are attracted to outboard engines as they are relatively easy to detach from the boat. We're encouraging owners to remove the original cowling and replace with a cover; the resale value for the engine plummets when this isn't present.
"Other crime prevention steps that boat owners can take include:
RECORD IT - Make a complete inventory of your equipment, especially outboard motors. Include serial numbers and any identifying marks specific to your property. Photograph items that are distinctive and keep with your inventory.
MARK IT - Mark property with your postcode and name/house number in a concealed area. There are many ways to do this from etching or marking with waterproof indelible pen to 'Smartwater' (or other specialist identifying methods).
REMOVE IT - The best way to keep thieves from stealing property is not to leave valuables onboard – removing electronic equipment and other valuables will eliminate the majority of thefts. Although many boats have lockable storage installed by boat manufacturers, they are sometimes not adequate to deter thieves. Off the shelf locks and security hinges can assist with security. Window locks on sliding windows (or placing a strip of wood where the glass slides) will assist with security.
CLUB SECURITY - A tactful offer to assist a stranger on the premises in finding a person or boat will help to deter a thief and assist a genuine member.
LOCK IT - Lightweight hasps and locks are easily broken or cut providing access to equipment stored in lockers. Outboard motor locks and quality shielded 'heavy duty' locks can assist; although they are more expensive initially, a quality lock will prevent a thief from taking your property. Inflatable tenders are easily moved and are a popular item for resale; secure them to a fixed point using a quality chain or lock.
REPORT IT - Report any thefts immediately to Police, your club and your insurance company. Use your inventory and photographs to assist in giving as much information as possible.
For further information on marine security please contact your local Crime Prevention Officer on 0845 600 8000.