marisca wrote:I'm in a quandary - a moral yin not the Ardrishaig yin. My boat is about 70 miles from home in a yard which, at the moment, is still launching. My wife and I are both in our 70s, self-isolating 'cos that's mostly our normal behaviour and we are maintaining social-distancing stringently. I can leap in the car, go to the yard, and apart from couple of old fogies and the yard guys who also maintain 2m separation do not need to see anyone else. The boat is anti-fouled and ready to go so the question is this ...... Is it reasonable to launch the boat? I'll be putting it on my mooring (if Neil has fettled it) and sailing will be mostly single-handed or with my wife on nice days.
I can self-justify these actions but is it selfish to be one of the very few able to do this, is a round trip of 140 miles by road showing a bad example? And, of course, will the stupidity of others (who, me?) lead to a clamp down on any movement with a total lock down leaving an unused boat on a mooring for the next n months?
The safest job is the one you don’t do! Do you want to risk an incident because of your actions, or remain safer self isolated. Also consider this, boat is safe onshore, launch, legally enforced lock down, no one will check your boat. The legal lockdown is coming, I am sure.