And about the trailer thing, anyone from Yachting Arsehats reading this, this what your bullshit buck passing to the State Associations does.
You are the National peak body and you took the soft cock approach and buck pased to the States when what was needed was a national approach.
thanks for raising this trailer thing cuz I was not aware of the changes & I have all kinds of boats behind my car many times a year, unfortunately the police take the attitude of "ignorance is no excuse" - so thanks again for bringing up the topic.
So I started to google around to see what info is out there and it is very confusing, to the extent that Yachting Australia ("Yachting Arsehats" in Lydia speak) have written to the RTA of every state and territory requesting clarification (YA article Friday, 23 July 2010)
and it would appear that there is no response to date, well none that I have found yet!
Then there are the RTA reg's, which are contained over too many documents to get a straight answer, the most informative one I have found so far is "Specific permits for oversize and overmass vehicles and loads"
, seems that when it comes to towing boats it is a case by case situation and is based on the dimensions of the trailer itself, which in turn is governed by the "Gross Vehicle Mass" of the towing vehicle - what a shitfight! - this document does not cover what happens when you cross a border into another state or territory.
Using the Etchells class website to find the overall dimensions (class rules PDF
) when viewed by the police - not a regatta measurer - it is tough to find the overall length of the mast which I think it would be in the vicinity of 10.6 mtrs and the hull would be 9.3 mtrs. Armed with this info, it is still down to the dimensions of the trailer carrying the load which will determine the dimensions of a "legal" load.
I saw a few Etchells trailers at the nationals that were configured for "Stern first" towing - is that a loophole in the new RTA rules I wonder? - other trailers at the Nationals had extension bars on the trailer to locate the tail lights further back under the boat.
Well Lyd's - looks like that trailer of yours was a problem from the start of the regatta right through to home time.