Written on: 10/09/2012
I was on a friends motor cruiser moving down river when she started to run into the last of the flood tide (I forget to add an hour to the tide predictions). No problem my friend said there is a pub with landing stage round the bend, we'll stop for the last half an hour of flood, grab a drink and check out the menue for a meal on our return journey (my friend is retired from ships pilot service and has an offshore yacht masters ticket. He is also a qualified Marine surveyor).
No sooner had we stopped when a man (Steve I assume from other reviews) came marching down the frontage and yelled this is a private mooring.
Ok, we are just waiting out the last of the flood tide and hoping to get a drink and check out... The pubs closed and this is a private mooring, you wouldn.t just pull in on a private club mooring just down river would you!!
Actually you have a right to pull in anywhere short term if you have a genuine problem, we did have another issue and were interested in the facilities. I am confident that they would have been fine.
Well,is the mooring private when the pub is open my friend asked as we were hoping to check out the menu... look I want you off the mooring now I don,t want yo ere, this staging covers with the tide! Quite right but not on this tide as my somewhat experienced friend had already assessed!
As we moved off there was more nastiness and my friend said "there's no need for that your welcome will be known widely throughout the boating community" I dont want yo any of yo he shouted. A mass of threats and abuse followed and the ladies heard him say "I'll see you down the river and sort you out"!
The skippers attitude was maybe he's had a row with the wife or somebody has upset him let it go.
However I am retired special service (which is why I stayed below), my family background is 30 years in hotels and catering and there is a way of communicating in business that this man is clearly not interested in. He came across as an aggressive know it all and I think the public should be aware of it!
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