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PLEASURE BOATER USES ROAD MAP

Wednesday May 5th, 2010
AMATEUR ONLINE PLEASURE BOATER USES ROAD MAP
A man who bought a motor cruiser online had a shock when he found out that instead of sailing around the British coast he had, in fact, been circling the Isle of Sheppey for a day and half. His plan was to sail from Gillingham to Southampton but he ran out of fuel and had to call for assistance. Only then did he realise his mistake. And it gets worse.
The boat only had a 20litre/20hp engine so it was unsuitable for sea use. What’s more he had no provisions on board, there was no navigation equipment and he was using a road map to find his way. The man believed that because he only needed one tank of fuel to drive his car from Gillingham to Southampton the same would apply to the motor cruiser.
Tom Ware, one of the lifeboat crew that went to his assistance said, 'Because he had no chart and he didn't even know what navigational charts were, his general principle was to keep the land on his right, except he didn't realise Sheppey was an Island... It took him a day and a half to get from Gillingham to where he ran out of fuel.'
Local Coastguard Ian Goodwin added, 'We passed on relevant safety advice and advised him that the best way to Southampton would be by train. However, he said he would get some fuel and get underway but asked us if he went left or right when he came out of the Swale.'
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