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Am I a Launch or a House Boat?

Windy_Stu

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11 Nov 2007
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Just finalizing the purchase of our new to us De Groot Beachcraft... so now to buy the licence...

Looking on Gov site

Launches

Definition - ‘Launches’ includes any mechanically propelled vessel not being used solely as a tug or for the carriage of goods.

defo one of those then

Hold on.. House boat

Definition - ‘Houseboat’ includes any pleasure boat which is not a launch and which is decked or otherwise structurally covered in and which is or is capable of being used as a place of habitation (whether by day and night or the one or the other) or as a place for accommodating or receiving persons for purposes of shelter, recreation, entertainment or refreshment

Well defo fits all that as well.... I cant believe we are not a Launch... ... is a launch open toped?? Ours can be driven from inside or outside and we plan to live on her at least some of the time??

Thought it worth while asking the experts on here!! :)
 

Sneds

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I think the house boat definition excludes propulsion, although no one would describe your boat (or any boat?) as a launch ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,launch away!
 

boatone

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“Launch” is the somewhat quaint term used in the Thames Conservancy Act 1932 and still applicable today until new legislation is drafted to suit the world we now live in.
Don’t hold your breath!
 

oldgit

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Ideal boat for the Thames and hope you (and your crew ?) have lots of fun.
This forum is cracking source of all the information you will need to survive on its wild unexplored waters and dangerous encounters with swans, rowers,other boat owners and similar hazards.
......and if you thought finding somewhere to park on dry land is fraught ......welcome to the Thames.
:):):)
 
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TrueBlue

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Lest One forgets - the EA is a government department where the hordes of not very civil servants grind inexorably.
Some years ago some mistakenly progressive folks in the EA tried to amend the Thames regulations. The best that could be done was by way of a TWO which was hugely expensive for their funds and achieved very little.

Accordingly any attempt to change the wording of something which 'does the job' - even though it's counter intuitive is not worth p-----g money down the drain in legal fees (money which mebe could be better spent on lock repairs...) and achieves nothing really tangible.

Enjoy your motor boat.
 
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