Thursday, November 10, 2011

Camboaters AGM

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING



6:45PM THURSDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2011



THE WATERMAN PUB, 32 CHESTERTON ROAD, CAMBRIDGE



SOCIAL EVENING WITH FREE BUFFET, RAFFLE AND SWOP SHOP





6:45 to 7:00 (1) Fill in membership forms



7:00 to 7:10 (2) Chairman’s Report - Luther



7:10 to 7:20 (3) Treasurers report and request to AGM to approve independent auditor to examine the accounts - Charlotte



7:20 to 7:30 (4) Everyone on the committee to stand down and committee members with roles to briefly explain what the role involves. Committee



7:30 to 7:50 (5) Nomination and election of new members



8:00 to 8:10 (6) AOB – FUN RAFFLE FUN PRIZES



8:10 to 8:30 FREE BUFFET SERVED





Dear All,





This year has seen many new faces on the River Cam and the Camboaters AGM is the perfect opportunity to meet them. This is a social meeting which will give us a chance to reflect on the achievements of the past year. The past twelve months saw the Camboaters committee do a fantastic job organising events such as the Cam Clean Up and the very successful World Rivers Day Festival. We are looking for a new committee to be elected, to carry on the good work and to demonstrate the benefits of a sustainable cohesive community that outlines what Camboaters is all about.





Join us on the 24th of November, even if you don’t intend to stand for the committee, it will give you an opportunity to meet and elect the new committee members and help them to organise the event schedule for the coming year. If you wish to stand for the 2011-12 Camboaters Committee or nominate someone else, please declare your intention or their name by emailing committee@camboaters.co.uk. Please state why you wish to stand and what you hope to achieve with Camboaters over the coming year.





On arrival you will be asked to renew your Camboaters Membership which is free and you will be given a Free Raffle Ticket, you could win a bottle of Champagne and many FUN PRIZES donations made by committee members.





As the nights are drawing in, a good book, DVD or game usually helps to while away the time, so please bring any of these items that you might like to swap to the Swap Shop on the night.





The Cam Conservators will hold a Special Meeting at 9.30am on the morning of 7th December - Committee Room 1 at The Guildhall, to deliberate over the findings of the River Cam Navigation Benefits’ consultation conducted by Ecorys. The papers for the Special Meeting will be published in advance on the Conservators’ website.





Bestest,





Luther



Camboaters Chair

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Camboaters Newsletter October 2011


Camboaters Newsletter October 2011

Dear All,

Before I commence with the preamble and the rest of it, “Charlotte I doff my hat to you!” Thank you very much for all your hard work and taking the lead organising the Inaugural World Rivers Day Festival on the River Cam. An equally BIG THANK YOU must go to Amy, Hannah, James and Mark for helping to make the day a huge success. The Camboaters’ Committee and Community can bathe in glory for putting on such a fantastic event for Cambridge. The River Cam was celebrated and homage was truly paid. So thanks to the rest of the community for taking part, those of you who opened your boats – thanks, you have done justice to showcase our wonderful sustainable way of life, which is no easy feat. However, many myths have been dispelled and much fun was had by all! Thanks to all who participated and attended you certainly created a vibrant, diverse atmosphere.

It has been a while since we had a Camboaters Newsletter, so here it is! We have had an eventful year so far and it is likely to become even more eventful as the Michelmas term commences. Camboaters has strived over the years to improve relationships with other river users especially rowers, with whom we usually have a close but fragile rapport. I know for some of you it won’t be easy and you probably won’t appreciate me reminding you of the simple courtesies we can extend to the novices and those regular faces we see on the river.

Cam Conservators Meeting I attended the Cam Conservators meeting on the 29th of September, as usual it was a lively affair. One of the issues to be decided on was Riverside - River traffic monitoring at Riverside and implications for the Conservators’ Mooring Policy. The purpose of this study was to use river traffic movement observations to assess whether the boats moorings along the Riverside retaining wall were restricting navigation to other river users by increasing the risk of collisions, accidental immersion or personal injury. In conclusion, the findings of this study were:

Most incidents observed involved rowing craft

Rower competency/experience is a major factor in the likelihood of an incident occurring

There is insufficient evidence to prohibit moorings at Riverside on navigational grounds

There is some evidence to suggest that the risk of navigational incidents could be reduced by only allowing the mooring of narrow-beam vessels along the length of Riverside

The discussion during the meeting centred on whether there should be a ban of boats or just wide-beam vessels along this stretch to make navigation easier for rowing vessel. The recommendation is to trim the foliage on the opposite bank and to swap wide-beam boats at the pinch points with narrow boats. I personally think it is a good idea and should be supported.

Future Finance Options Survey by Ecorys for the Conservators of the River Cam

The Conservators are currently looking into ways of raising funds in order to meet the increasing costs of maintaining and managing the river and fulfilling their statutory duties. The Conservancy currently faces an operating deficit of around £50,000 per year which, if no action is taken, will impact on the completion of essential asset maintenance work going forward.

In deciding how best to balance their books, the Conservancy want to get the views of as many stakeholders as possible. We would therefore be very grateful if you could find time to complete the survey, which should take around 10 minutes.

Ecorys is an independent research organisation appointed to carry out this consultation exercise. Ecorys is registered under the Data Protection Act and observes the Market Research Society Code of Conduct. Please note that your responses will be treated in the strictest confidence.

If you have any queries about the survey, please contact Jo Barham of Ecorys on 0113 290 4106.

Or contact the River Manager: river.manager@camconservators.org.uk Tel: River Manager: 01223 863785

The survey can be filled in online at: http://www.camconservators.co.uk/

The closing date for the survey is Friday 7th October 2011!

*Camboaters Committee Meeting: 6:30PM, Thursday 20th October 2011. Waterman Pub

*Camboaters AGM: 6:30pm, Thursday 24th November 2011.

This year the Camboaters committee have done a fantastic job organising events such as the Clean UP and the World Rivers Day Festival. We are looking for a new committee to be elected, to carry on the good community work that outlines what Camboaters is all about. Join us on the 24th November even if you don’t intend to stand for the committee, it will give you an opportunity to meet and elect the new committee members and help them to organise the event schedule for the coming year.

It is very important that we continue to improve and develop as a community especially now that we have proven that we are capable of defending ourselves from the injustices of bureaucracy, prejudice and inequality! More importantly we are extremely good at putting on events which showcase Cambridge and bring communities together.

If you wish to stand for the 2011-12 Camboaters Committee, please declare your intention by emailing committee@camboaters.co.uk. Please state why you wish to stand and what you hope to achieve with Camboaters over the coming year.

If you have any ideas for Camboaters events, socials, recipes, boat maintenance, stories, games, work barter or just any encouraging ditty, please send it to committee@camboaters.co.uk and we will share it with the rest of the community in the next Newsletter.

Temporary landing arrangements, Baits Bite Lock, River Cam‏

Drake Towage Ltd will be undertaking the refurbishment of the downstream landing stage at Baits Bite Lock on behalf of the Conservators of the River Cam

The start date for these works is Monday 3rd October 2011. The project is expected to last for 5 weeks.

The construction site will be fenced off. Members of the public will be prohibited from entering this area during the works.

A temporary landing stage has been provided immediately downstream of the construction site. It is demarcated with wooden posts. Mooring posts and a set of steps and a handrail have been provided for safety. Rowers are asked to portage using this temporary landing stage.

Customers with special access needs are asked to contact the Conservancy office at Baits Bite in advance to make arrangements (01223 863785, Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm)

River users must take extra care when approaching Baits Bite Lock. Contractors’ barges will be moored near the downstream lock entrance and the piling works will at times be noisy. There will be additional vehicles using the towpath near the lock.

For out-of-hours emergencies, telephone the Conservancy River Foreman (07802 862711) or the Environment Agency incident reporting hotline (0800 80 70 60)

Thank you for your forbearance during this period of works. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.


Please visit the link below for the Cam Conservancy Events diary for the rest of the year 2011.

http://www.camconservators.co.uk/events_all.asp

Kind regards

Luther

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cambridge River Festival Sunday 25th September 2011

World Rivers Day Festival Sunday 25th September



Sunday, 25th September 2011, 10 am - 6 pm, on Jesus Green, Cambridge.

A free, local, hands on, participatory, festival which will celebrate life on the river. Many of the live-aboard boaters will be opening up their boats, welcoming you onboard and talking about their life on the river. There will be free, fun, family-friendly hands-on activities occurring throughout the day. The main theme running through the day? Highlighting the importance and enjoyment of life on, and around, the River Cam.

For further details why not visit (and 'like') us:
on Facebook at Cam Buccaneers
or Twitter at CamBoaters

Workshops, taster and demonstration sessions.
Stalls and hands on family activities, including rowing, fishing, canoeing and punting. Find out how to work a boat through the Jesus Green lock. In addition there will be workshops and community stalls, opportunities to find out more about how to become more environmentally friendly, and increase your personal wellbeing via yoga and massage workshops and well as a herbalist stall.

Art and craft projects and a variety of children's activities.
Making community murals, children's art, poetry and writing exhibitions, activities on the City Council's new ChYPPS play boat, recycled art projects run by the City Council's Scrapstore, willow weaving, face painting etc. The history of the traditional “Roses and Castles” art, which is particular to narrowboats, will be presented through a treasure hunt style activity.

An introduction to the boating community and the history of boating on the river.
Residential and historic boats will be open to visitors so the public can learn about this way of life, it's cultural history and also the history of the way boats and the river Cam are linked. In addition there will be short films about river life showing at the Waterman pub.

Low carbon, low water and sustainable lifestyles being shown and discussed.

A variety of local community stalls covering environmental issues, such as water conservation, alternative energy forms and sustainable living will be present. In addition boats will be open to demonstrate their low environmental impact lifestyle.

The natural history of rivers and their conservation.

This is being presented through talks, films, posters, and community stands such as RSPB, Cambridge Mammal Group, Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society and Cambridge Past Present and Future, Water Aid, Oxfam etc.

Music and theatre.
To add to the mix there will be music and theatre with various bands, storytelling, music groups and more.

A variety of stalls.
Stalls selling local produce, crafts, clothes and refreshments with an emphasis on sustainable produce.

If you are interested in coming, bringing your boat, or having a stand there, please let us know: email amy-alys@camboaters.co.uk.

This event is part of World Rivers Day. Held on the last Sunday of September, it is a global celebration of the world's rivers and waterways. It highlights many of the values of rivers, strives to increase public awareness and improve stewardship. World Rivers Day has been endorsed by various agencies of the United Nations and is intended to complement the broader efforts of the United Nation'sWater for Life Decade.

All proceeds from our Cam River Festival will go to WaterAid.

For further details why not visit:
on Facebook at Cam Buccaneers
or Twitter at CamBoaters

Friday, July 29, 2011

Camboaters August News 2011

World Rivers Day Festival
Camboaters are holding a river festival on World Rivers Day
25th September 2011 - 10am to 6pm on Jesus Green, Cambridge

World Rivers Day is held on the last Sunday in September every year, it is a global celebration of the world's rivers and waterways. It highlights many of the values of rivers, strives to increase public awareness and improve stewardship. It has also been endorsed by various agencies of the United Nations and is intended to complement the broader efforts of the United Nation's Water for Life Decade.

Below is a brief description of activities taking place at the Cambridge River Festival. This will be a very local hands on participatory festival, celebrating our own river, promoting local groups, whilst following the aims of World Rivers Day. Proceeds will go to Water Aid.

The World Rivers Day Festival encourages local community cohesion and engagement. It will emphasize the cultural, ecological, historical, aesthetic and recreational importance of rivers. In an atmosphere of celebration the festival will educate, help facilitate positive actions so that communities learn to live in a more environmentally sound manner, be more culturally tolerant and be more appreciative of our local rivers. You are invited to participate in the activities and events rather than merely watching.

Workshops, Taster & Demonstration Sessions on Offer:
Rowing, Fishing, Canoeing and Punting
Come and see how Jesus Green Lock works and have a go at taking a boat through the lock
Relax at a community stall promoting personal well-being through yoga, massage, herbalism etc.

Art & craft projects and a variety of activities for children
A history of the traditional “Roses and Castles” art, which is particular to narrowboats, told through a treasure hunt
Make a community mural, partake in art, poetry, writing exhibitions, willow weaving and face painting
Activities on the City Council's new ChYPPS play boat include recycled art projects run by the City Council's Scrapstore.

An introduction to the boating community and the history of boating on the river
Residential and historic boats will be open to visitors, come learn about this way of life, it's cultural history and also the history of the way boats and the river Cam are linked. In addition there will be short films about river life.

Low carbon, water and sustainable lifestyles being shown and discussed
A variety of local community stalls covering environmental issues, such as water conservation, alternative energy forms and sustainable living will be present. In addition boats will be open to demonstrate their low environmental impact lifestyle.

The natural history of rivers and their conservation
Presented through films, talks, posters, and community stands by: RSPB, Cambridge Mammal Group, Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society and Cambridge Past Present and Future, Water Aid and Oxfam.

Music and theatre
Adding to the mix there will be music and theatre with various bands, storytelling, music groups and more.

A variety of stalls
Stalls selling local produce, crafts, clothes and refreshments with an emphasis on sustainable produce.

MOST IMPORTANT: A call for volunteers for Saturday 24th and especially Sunday 25th from early morning to put up marquees etc. And of course we NEED more open boats.

Any queries or to get involved, please call Charlotte on 07752143683 or email csynge@googlemail.com


Fellow Camboaters,

Have you got an Environmental project or idea that will benefit Camboaters and the local community and only requires a small amount of money? If so, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation has contacted Camboaters to highlight an opportunity to apply for a small grant for environmental projects. In summary, The Savills Cambridge Grassroots Environment Award was established in 2011 by Savills Cambridge office. The annual award is presented to a small locally based charity or voluntary group that is undertaking small scale environmental projects involving local people. The program is managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. To be considered for the award, we need suggestions to questions below describing how we would apply £200 to assist us in our work. The announcement as to who will receive the award will be made by 30 September.

1. How would you spend £200 to help your environmental work if awarded in October 2011?
2. How would this benefit the local environment/community?
3. When would project be complete?

Please send your suggestions to committe@camboaters.co.uk deadline is Thursday 25th August 2011

Important Contact Details

Police - Emergencies, when a life is in danger or there is a risk of violence or serious injury or when a serious crime is being committed call 999. Non-emergencies, general enquiries and to report crime 0345 456 456 4. To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Email: cbcityeast.npt@cambs.pnn.police.uk

Cam Conservancy - River Manager: river.manager@camconservators.org.uk Telephone: 01223 863785

StreetScene and City Rangers teams work every day to keep Cambridge's streets clean and tidy, working closely with residents, community and campaign groups to ensure Cambridge is maintained to the highest standard.
Enquiries about waste or recycling, email the customer services team at enquiries@cambridge.gov.uk Telephone 01223 458282 or 457000.

The next Camboaters Committee meeting & Social will be held on the 30th August at the Green Dragon Pub from 6:30pm, if you wish to contact us with any items for the agenda please email: committee@camboaters.co.uk

For Calender of River Events go to: http://www.camconservators.co.uk/events_all.asp

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cam Clean Up 2011 Gallery

The Cam Clean Up was a great success - thanks to all who participated and helped ensure it ran smoothly. As promised, here's a gallery of photos from the day!






















Monday, March 7, 2011

Cam Clean Up 2011

Don't forget it's the Cam Clean-Up on the 26th March 10am-1pm! Email camcleanup@camboaters.co.uk to register, and put this poster up in your boats!


Cam Clean Up 2009

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Message from the Cam Conservators

Dear Camboaters

As requested in your e-mail dated 28th January, Camboaters' letter and
significant points were included in the paper which was circulated to
Conservators ahead of their Special Meeting on 16th February at the Guildhall,
Cambridge.

To confirm the decision taken on 16th February and to reassure your membership,
please be informed that the Conservators have agreed to defer the implementation
of any new licensing options until their full committee meeting in January 2012.

The period between now and then will be used to commission a professional
consultancy study into an economic valuation of the Cam navigation. A
consultancy brief will be prepared for Conservators to agree at their meeting on
14th April.

The study will look into the differing uses of the navigation, fair charging and
proportionate contributions to maintain the Conservators' income base and their
projected capital expenditure needs. It is anticipated that once a consultant
has been engaged, there will be a period of public consultation, between
September 2011 and January 2012, to provide boat users and other stakeholders
with ample opportunity to comment.

The Conservators are also sharing discussions with the Environment Agency about
the interchange agreement. The Minister's decision on the future of the Agency's
navigations will be announced on 28th February, and this may colour any
negotiations which take place over the next year.

It is easy to overlook the fact that all of the serving Conservators are
volunteers. This represents a huge business saving to the Conservancy.
Camboaters already provides a voluntary contribution to the board via the
attendance of Luther Phillips.

The Conservators also engage the service of volunteers (e.g. lock garden
maintenance at Baits Bite and Jesus Green). An expansion of voluntary activities
is hindered, ironically, by the lack of supervisory capacity within the present
administration to manage extra, and willing, pairs of hands in accordance with
safe working practices.

Camboaters' voluntary efforts with the Great Cam Clean Up are much appreciated
as a contribution to the river crew's routine rubbish clearance of the river and
towpath. We look forwards to joining your members on Saturday 26th March with a
shared purpose of seeing the river maintained to its best for all of its users
to enjoy.

On behalf of the Conservators.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Philippa E. Noon
River Manager

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Outcome of Conservators Meeting 16th February

The meeting at the Guildhall this morning went well. In light of the responses to the consultation carried out last month, the Conservators have decided to opt for 'none of the above' and to review the decision next January. They agreed that the financial situation although serious was not urgent, and resolved to find new ways to increase revenue. They invite suggestions on this front.

In the interim, they plan to carry out a wider consultation of all licence payers (motor boats and unpowered boats) with the document going out to river users in September hopefully.

Camboaters welcomed the proposal and offered to help carry out the survey as much as possible.

At the meeting, the Conservators also voted to try and remove Mr. ASBO and family from the river as a one-off case for his own safety.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cam Clean Up Poster

Click to enlarge and download. Put it up anywhere you can think of!

Friday, January 21, 2011

2011 Cam Clean Up

This year the event will take place on Saturday 26th March, 10:00am-1:00pm, culminating with a BBQ.
(There will be plenty of time to finish and get to a TV in time for the Boat Race!)

Please follow links below to see information about previous Cleanups:


Every year Camboaters, 'Anglian Water's RiverCare' alongside Cambridge City Council and the Cam Conservancy organise the Cam Cleanup. We invite volunteers to take part in this excellent opportunity to give this much-loved river a helping hand, by participating in the river Cleanup. The Cam Cleanup is the perfect excuse to get out there and do something for our fine City, as well as expressing our environmental ethic and collective love of rivers and wildlife.

The 2009 Cleanup saw more than 200 volunteers collect over 400 bags of recyclable and general rubbish from the river and its banks. Hard working grapple teams recovered a whopping 100 bikes from the riverbed and three motorised scooters were retrieved from Stourbridge Common.

This year we would like your help to recruit volunteers, Team leaders and First Aiders. Please ask volunteers to email camcleanup@camboaters.co.uk expressing whether they wish to be a volunteer, Team leader or whether they are a qualified First Aider.

Team Leaders and First Aiders will be required to attend a briefing event at the Council Chamber, Cambridge Guildhall on, March 17th at 6.00 PM.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Camboaters Response to Conservancy Fee Increase Consultation

Camboaters would like to express our views as a community group in response to the letter sent by the Cam Conservancy regarding registration fees. Roughly 50 interested persons, all of whom boaters on the Cam, met on Monday 10th January to discuss the implications of the letter and we came to a consensus which is outlined below.

Firstly, the letter does not amount to a full public consultation. Only three weeks were given for boaters to respond, and a sizeable proportion of those at the meeting had not received the letter at all. No mention of it was made on the Yahoo Boaters usergroup (which is well used and certainly known to the Cam Conservancy), clearly showing that not all avenues of communication with boaters were exploited. Furthermore, some boaters were concerned that the Conservancy had obtained their addresses from the Environment Agency, and wish to enquire as to the powers the Conservancy has to obtain private information from other organisations without consent.

More crucially, not enough information was provided in the letter; it left boaters confused as to why they were being asked to pay more. For example, very few boaters were aware that the reciprocal arrangement between the Cam Conservancy and the EA meant that only 33% reached the Conservancy. The letter did not detail which capital projects the Conservancy wishes to invest in, or fully detail the financial position of the Conservancy. No detailed figures regarding spending were included, only vague statements. Although some detail has subsequently been obtained by some of the community, the Conservancy has completely failed to formally disseminate all the information required by those affected to make an informed choice.

Many boaters also felt that the Conservancy had been exceedingly cavalier in their attitude towards the homes of some members of the community. The Conservancy should bear in mind that while council taxes and other land-based fees have only increased with inflation, boaters’ licence fees have increased 24% in recent years.

In addition, the boaters present at the meeting were unaware that the Conservancy had considered raising their income from other stakeholder and user groups. Instead, the Conservancy was felt to be victimising the owners of powered craft, expecting them to take the majority of the burden. The Conservancy earned itself a great deal of ill-feeling because of this failure to fully communicate.

Currently, we do not feel well informed enough to make comments on the letter. We need the Cam Conservancy’s finances to be made more readily available on the website, so that we can better understand the reasons why the Conservancy feels that it needs to increase revenue. If the money was going to be used to carry out vital dredging for example, boaters might be more amenable.

Many see the Cam Conservancy as an inefficient organisation, and would need to see full accounts in order to be convinced otherwise. For example, the Cam Conservancy appears not to have the economy of scale which the EA or the Middle Levels benefits from. Both the Environment Agency and Middle Level are able to employ only one member of staff (including administrative and office personnel) for every four miles of waterway that they administer; in comparison, the Conservancy appears over-staffed, and many boaters were surprised to hear that the Conservancy wished to employ a further member of staff, tempered to an extent by the Conservancy’s apparent willingness to consider using volunteers.

One way in which the Cam Conservancy could make additional revenue would be to make the Conservancy Licence plus one month on EA waters cheaper than purchasing an EA licence. Many would consider this as an option, especially if it were possible to have non reusable day tickets to use throughout the year. This would increase the Cam Conservancy’s revenue without the boaters having to pay more.

In conclusion, boaters need full disclosure of the Cam Conservancy’s financial status and its plans for future spending before they feel able to comment on the proposals. If it can be shown that more money is in fact needed, and that the Cam Conservancy is being run as efficiently as possible, Camboaters would like to see all river users being asked to pay more simultaneously, and all avenues of potential income investigated. When such additional consultations are drawn up, boaters would like to see them as well as have other user groups see any powered boat proposals. In effect, the consultation needs to be postponed in order for all the relevant information to be provided and to allow enough time for comment. Our proposal to lower the price of the Conservancy licence to make it more attractive to those who use the EA waters could be included in this.

We look forward to hearing from you, and would appreciate a prompt response given the short amount of time available before the decision-making meeting on the 16th February.

Regards, Camboaters

CC:

Julian Huppert MP
Environment Agency Anglian Region
Abbey Ward Councillors - Caroline Hart, Adam Pogonowski, Margaret Wright
Market Ward Councillors - Tim Bick, Mike Dixon, Colin Rosenstiel
Cambridge News

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Open Meeting, Monday 10th January 7.30pm

The CamCon are proposing that the people registered with an EA license under the reciprocal agreement pay more next year, and have sent around a consultation letter.

To summarise the CamCon letter for everyone who didn't get one:

  • Changes only for those registered with the EA
  • The Cam Con have run out of money for major capital works, e.g. lock gate replacement. Apparently can no longer defer these.
  • The CamCon want to either levy an additional charge on boats registered withthe EA, or scrap the reciprocal agreement.

The three options we're being asked to comment on are:

1. Purchase an additional licence from the CamCon, set at 25% of annual rate.

2. Purchase an additional licence at a flat rate of 125 pounds, regardless of
vessel size

3. Scrap the reciprocal agreement entirely, charge everyone a CamCon fee in
addition to an EA yearly or visitor's licence.

To discuss this consultation and let everyone have their say, a meeting will be held on
Monday 10th January at 7.30 pm. It will be at Queen's College
boathouse, the modern boathouse near Victoria Avenue bridge, with a spiral
staircase out the front. The meeting will be held on the first floor, up the
spiral staircase. Please pass this notice around to any boaters you think may be interested.