Hi All, from an ENTIRELY selfish point of view, does anyone think a boatyard can refuse to launch someone over this COVID 19 business? I mean, do they have any lawful capacity to refuse - and who pays the storage if they do? On a less selfish note, I sincerely hope you are all following the advice and keeping safe,
Not really, depends what is in your contract or what you agreed. At present we only have been given guidance on travel. It is not anyone elses business where you go or what for.
That said, some business carry on as normal. Ours has shut for the foreseeable future. no shows or events at all. its not law, its guidance. oh and common sense.
Got this on the 16th from my marina in Valencia. I would expect the same in the uk eventually.
- Following instructions from Guardia Civil, navigation is forbidden and all the boats have to remain in its mooring until new order.
- Only clients who live in their boats can stay in them
- Users who do not live or work in La Marina can´t have access without agreement of Guardia Civil
- To guarantee the security, order, and services in La Marina we will work in security, cleaning works and maintenance.
- Sport Activity companies will remain closed
- In offices and marineria we will work (guard services) to guarantee the surveillance of boats and to receive documentation and post
- It is responsibility of freelance workers to decide the necessity or urgency of working in a boat.
We want to transmit to all our clients and users that your boats are in good hands and we thank the solidarity of you all who contribute staying at home.
I was working part time but the retail business I work for has had to suspend operations. People don't seem to know that there is a furniture shortage out there and they should panic buy!
The current Boatyard policy is below. I shall go down to work on the boat until the policy changes - as I fear it will. I am working with the boat under cover and on my own and do not encounter anybody nearer than a fathom away.
In all contracts there is usually a force majeure clause - meaning that the contract can be cancelled if an event outside the control of one party to the contract causes them to be unable to fulfil their part of the agreement.
Justin, as long as you keep your distance whilst they launch the boat - all should be well. Oh, and a decent sanitise of the boat would be good. Scrub down with detergent. Good luck. Me, I'm weeks away from launch.
The Elephant Boatyard Policy on COVID-19 issued on 18th March 2019
PLEASE DO NOT come onto any of The Elephant Boatyard premises if you feel ill and especially if you have either of the main symptoms of COVID-19 which are a high temperature or a new and continuous cough, and that also extends to include you if anyone in your household has those symptoms.
The site will remain open, it is a boatyard.
The office will remain open but we ask you to limit the number of people visiting at any time to one person if possible. Hand sanitiser stations are due to arrive any day and will be available by all doors.
Please wash your hands regularly in accordance with the government guidelines.
Everything is very negative at the moment but let’s look forward. If this crisis lasts up to 16 weeks as predicted then we will celebrate getting back to normality with drinks here at the yard!
And finally, we appreciate that some of our owners may find it difficult to get out and about over the coming weeks. If you are in any difficulties or need any assistance with your boat or shopping, supplies etc, please get in touch with the Office and we will do our very best to try and help.
Please stay safe everyone.
Tom, Matt and all the team
Tammie Norie is ashore in a cradle (dry-sailing contract) in Southern Brittany so we shan't be seeing her for a while but I am relieved she is unlikely to come to any harm there.
Meanwhile, we have more pressing matters to think about such as foraging for food and toilet paper, and starting a vegetable patch!
I'm very pleased that we had our excellent Twister gathering in London before Covid appeared. Well done Peter!
Good luck to you all.
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