For those of you for whom this is your first visit to the MNA Boat Club Seafarersafloat.com website I guess I ought to say a few words by way of introducing myself. My family have been involved in shipping for several generations, but my own merchant shipping sea-going experience was limited to a short time as a cruise director in the 1960’s before joining Her Majesty’s Coastguard in 1973 where I spent eighteen years including a spell as reserve skipper of the Portland Coastguard patrol boat.  More recently I completed three years as Station Manager of the NCI Lyme Bay Coastwatch Station before taking up my present post with the RNLI as Community Safety Officer for the Weymouth Lifeboat area. I was born at Leigh-on-Sea and brought up in Norfolk where I first learned to sail on The Broads, subsequently qualifying as an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, but my experience with HMCG led me to becoming a rescue boat operator, and eventually Chief Rescue Officer for Yacht Clubs of Weymouth and the British Sailing Team. My boating these days is mainly in the Med where my partner Lois and I share an interest in a Yarding 27 Motor Cruiser which we keep on a permanent mooring at Port Ambonne in the south of France and use as a second home –and for cruising the Golfe du Lion ports and the Canal du Midi. Recently I’ve also acquired a new Westport Marine Pilot 4 – a small angling boat with a cuddy and powered by a 4-stroke 20hp Honda motor which gives a speed of about 15 kts which is great for pottering about Weymouth Bay and keeping an eye for potential hazards or incidents, both as a SeaVue Watchkeeper Afloat (see below) and as part of my recently acquired RNLI role too. Westport Marine, a company owned by my step-son who is a marine architect, builds a range of small boats including the Pilot 3, Pilot 4 and Pilot 6 as well as a number of rowing boats. As regards the MNA Boat Club along with our small MNABC committee we’ve initiated several ideas which thanks to our webmaster David Hearn have included launching this website.  My aim is to try to involve many more of the membership than previously, but I’m also very aware that the MNABC is unusual in having its membership scattered around virtually throughout the whole of the UK (and even abroad) so that trying to get people together is extremely difficult, and very expensive. To address that problem we’ve needed to adopt a somewhat different approach to that used by most yacht/boat clubs. So following discussions with Sir Alan Massey chief executive of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency in 2014 we launched our  “SeaVue Scheme” that involves  members acting in a practical way as “watchkeepers afloat” whenever they take to the water  in terms of using their eyes and ears to aid and when necessary alert the Coastguard or appropriate inland waterway rescue co- ordination authority to actual or potential incidents which in most cases are then reported on in our www.seafarersafloat.com  website. Although a good few members have signed up to the SeaVue Scheme already,  we still need  more members to get involved if we’re to be able to make a significant contribution to supporting the nation’s SAR services, and if we’re to make the Seafarersafloat forum a really interesting read and means of networking . So if you haven’t yet signed up do please take a look at the Seavue page on this website and give some serious thought as to participating as a watchkeeper afloat.  We’re also currently considering the idea of publishing our own MNABC “Boating Basics” DVD, and if any members, new or old, have any thoughts or ideas as regards what else the Club could be doing do please let me know Yours Aye Clive Edwards MNI Commodore  
Commodore’s Introduction
Constitution
History
The proposal for the formation of a Merchant Navy Association Boat Club (MNABC) was initiated by Clive Marsh in 2008.  Clive was based at the Rye Yacht Club and sailed a 17-foot GRP sloop.  The MNABC is a group of like minded MNA members who are interested in sailing and boating, contributing to maritime safety,  sharing information  through multi-media linkages and meeting at least once a year at the MNA AGM.
Benefits of the Merchant Navy Association Boat Club
Another way of keeping the Merchant Navy alive and active in local sailing communities  boatyards, marinas both in the UK and abroad Affiliation to the RYA and other organisations and clubs, exchanging ideas for members. Exchange forum with our own dedicated club website Lobby authorities on matters affecting safety, coastal watch and qualifications. Member’s MNABC pennant flag and lapel badge for broader recognition. Member’s meetings/dinners/regattas and fundraising events. Increased awareness and credibility for the MNA and our lobbying activities. Liaison with the RYA, RIN, MCA, NCI, MVS  and training establishments. The formation of special interest groups; The Seavue Watchkeepers Afloat Service, Navigation, Boat Building, Sea Cooking, Inland Waterways, Coastal Passages, Regular half page in Full Ahead magazine plus a Commodores Log newsletter and the MNA’s e- newsletter. Reaching out to those who may need support in times of need.
Application Form
To join the MNA Boat Club please download and complete an application form available in Word or PDF format by clicking Here 
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Introduction The National Council of the Merchant Navy Association agreed to the formation of a boat club in 2007.  The Association Boat Club supports the objectives detailed in the MNA Constitution and this document gives additional considerations relevant to the management and administration of the Boat Club.  Club Constitution 1. Name The Club shall be called “The Merchant Navy Association Boat Club” (MNABC). 2. Ensign The Club shall fly the Red Ensign and the MNA Burgee. 3. Objectives The objectives of the Club are to facilitate and promote the safe participation and enjoyment in yachting and boating activities on oceans, seas, lakes and inland waterways.  We also seek to facilitate the training of prospective younger members and promote opportunities for careers in the leisure sector. 4. Membership Membership is open to all national members of the MNA in UK and Overseas.  All members should have some connection to those whose occupation is or was in the maritime sector.  Any member, who has not paid their National membership subscription, after one reminder before the end of March each year, will be deemed to have resigned.  Honorary Membership is available for distinguished service to the ClubAll members must be at least 18 years of age although prospective younger members will be encouraged to participate in training and development programmes. 5. Committee The Club’s affairs shall be managed by an elected Committee who shall remain in position for a period of three years.  This Committee shall consist of the following officers:  Commodore, Vice Commodore, up to three Rear Commodores, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Webmaster and the support of three co-opted members for their specific knowledge, experience and ability to advance the Club’s aims and initiatives.  The Commodore and Vice Commodore are also the Club’s Flag Officers.  One member of the MNABC Committee shall also be a member of the MNA National Executive and a Board member of the MNA Charity.  MNABC Committee members are indemnified as detailed in the MNA Guideline’s and are covered by the National MNA Public Liability Insurance Policy.  6. Funding The Club will not hold any permanent funds but will have access to the MNA General Fund and the MNA Welfare Fund should the need arise.  The Treasurer shall keep a record of monies received and dispersed on behalf of the Club.  This account will be included in the MNA’s end of year accounts presented to all MNA National members and the Charity Commission.  Any fundraising activities shall be for the benefit of the wider seafaring community. 7. Club Secretaries The Secretary shall maintain a record of all general meetings.  The Membership Secretary shall keep a register of the Club members’ names, addresses and any boats they own.  Members are responsible for notifying any changes to their details and boat ownership by contacting the Membership Secretary. 8. Sailing Any regattas or Dragon Boat races organised by the Club will be under RYA, IYRU or RORC rules.  The sailing and/or safety instructions will state clearly which rules apply and any local modifications. 9. The Legal Structure The Club is a non-profit, unincorporated volunteer organisation that also seeks to bring together others with the endeavor and energy to make a difference in their community of interest. 10. RYA The Club shall, at all times, be affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association.
At the 2015 AGM the following Committee members were elected: Commodore: Clive Edwards Vice Commodore: Chris Woods Rear Commodores: Captain John Sail, Rodney Anderton, Bryan Dillon Secretary/Treasurer: Tim Brant  Webmaster & Membership Secretary: David Hearn
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