Chairman’s Address

Jonathan Chairman’s Update Autumn 2018

Those of you who read my Summer Update will know I talked about improving weather – as I do every year in hope!  Usually I am expressing disappointment about now that it didn’t materialise but for once it proved spectacularly right!!

In this update.  Southampton Boat Show, Pontoon Reps, Bridges Operating Board, Anodes, Cruising in Company, Cobbs Quay Marina Summer Party, Facebook, Newsletter and Web site and Feedback.

Southampton Boat Show

Did you go?  I did and had the chance to meet CQ Marina Manager Dave Wilson and Michael Glanville (Director of Operations).  The MDL stand seemed pretty busy this year and is in a great location.  There were also massages available but I didn’t indulge!

I felt there was more of a return to the old days when there were a lot of boats on display – over 1000 I think.  There were plenty of yachts there too – I am always attracted to the catamarans (sail or motor).  They always seem to offer a lot of deck space as well as space down below.

Good to see Sealine back with some new boats along with Princess, Sunseeker etc. but Fairline seemed a little underrepresented.  Two of the main players had a personalised version of those hand-held jet ‘scooters’ that are used while swimming.

We went on a few boats, including a Nordhavn (which I have always had a soft spot for) and we also saw and Eling E6 which is self righting.  I remember going on an Eling E3 a number of years ago at Cobbs Quay.

Pontoon Reps

We have a team of pontoon reps so each pontoon has a ‘go to’ person to discuss matters CQBHA and marina.  Have a look at the pontoon heads to see who the reps are on your pontoon and where they are berthed.  Otherwise check out the web site – Pontoon Reps Page Link.

Please take the chance to talk about any issues with them or to suggest any ideas you have of things we should do – or just have a chat with them.  You never know, you might even get a free key ring!

Bridges Operating Board (BOB)

Dave Wilson is now chair of the Bridges Operating Board and has set up a Facebook page which gives invited people (and I am one) the chance to bring concerns direct to the BOB and quickly too.

Recent things I have raised (with the responses) were :-

  • Initial guidance was only to pass under Twin Sails between the bridge spans but it was not well communicated or enforced. Answer – Following research indications are that it is OK to pass – WITH CARE – under any span.
  • The IALA lights for Poole Bridge are not working right. Answer – Correct.  This is being worked on.
  • Are the Poole Bridge height markers measured from the deck of the bridge or from the bottom of the girders? Answer – From the girders.
  • PHC had promised to replace stakes in the Backwater Channel. Answer – This has been done but the stakes have been hit and so this is still ‘work in progress’!


Those who went to the AGM will be aware that the matter of anodes wearing quickly and also causing collateral damage was raised.

The marina take this very seriously and have carried out a number of tests.  Dave Wilson has also spoken to any owners who have been affected.

Anybody who experiences issues with anode wear should talk to Dave Wilson at the office.

Cruising in Company

There were 8 cruises planned in total by Kevin.  The cruises to IOW – Shepards Wharf, Port Solent, Port Hamble, Portland, Jersey, St Quay and Guernsey and Weymouth all went off well.  Highlights included an ‘exciting’ trip to Weymouth and Dave Wilson and his Wife hosting a pontoon party at Hamble.

Plymouth, Falmouth, Torquay was delayed by wind and changed to Portland and Torquay and Bembridge was also cancelled.  All in all a more successful season than recent years though.

Cruising is the main reason we exist – ‘cruising in company’.  You get the reassurance of going on a cruise, maybe that bit further away, with the support and camaraderie of others in the association.

Next year will likely see less cruises. Some will be being arranged by Kevin at the Boat Show.  We are planning a Channel crossing and some weekend trips.  Keep your eyes on the web site and look out for the newsletter for bookings to start early next year.

Cobbs Quay Marina Party

Saturday 21st July was the date for the Cobbs Quay Summer party.  Thanks to the Cobbs Quay MDL team who did all of the arranging once again.  They produced a varied and well attended celebration.  There was a great band and great food (an ever popular hog roast) and an amazing ‘close up’ magician.

Unfortunately this year very few tickets had sold as late as the Thursday before.  This is what happened to us as CQBHA and, not having the financial stability that MDL have, we had to stop running the parties.  Having said that the lack of early ticket take up may be causing a rethink in the marina office too!  We may not see a party next year.

Facebook, Newsletter & Web Site

Facebook is now a key part of our communication with you, our members.  I think we are getting closer to 220 likes now!  People are also commenting on and liking some of our posts which is great for us!!  If you are a Facebook user keep your eyes out for the pictures and videos of our antics!

We use Facebook for things that need ‘instant’ contact such as bridge closures, short notice LNTMs and to show some of the goings on in photos so I hope it will be useful to you.

I would be interested to hear what you think about our Facebook page – or, if you are a Facebook user, maybe you would like to ‘like us’?

Jim prepares and sends out a monthly newsletter of topical items.  If you are not getting yours please let me know.

Last but not least we have our web site for all the information on CQBHA and as a key resource for weather, marine services and a host of other interesting topics (Please make sure you mention the web site when you visit our advertisers).

Is anybody out there?

We would love to take it that your silence means that we are doing a good job but we need your feedback.  Could I once again ask that you let us know if we are doing a good job, a bad job or if want us to do something differently.

I wish you safe passage.

Jonathan Saunders