Chairman’s Address

Jonathan Chairman’s Update Summer 2019

Well, as I am writing this we have had some pretty cold, wet and windy weather and I am not sure it is showing much signs of abating!  Where is Summer?

I wonder, though, if it is the weather that makes things bright or is it our life experiences?  Maybe any of you who have bought a new boat recently, or been on a cruise with us or others, could share your experiences with me – and the Association – with a line or two and maybe a photograph?  We are really keen to get photographs so people can see how much fun we have!  E mail me if you can.  We are also really keen to hear from you!!

In this update :- Poole Bridges, Electrolysis, Summer Party, Bridge basin work, Events, Cruising, Poole Boat Show and Facebook Forum, Facebook, Newsletter and Web Site.

I wanted to start, though, with the two key issues that people are wrestling with at the moment – Poole Bridges and Electrolysis.

Poole Bridges

It will not have escaped anybody’s attention that the Twin Sails bridge is breaking down with frustrating regularity.  One side of Twin Sails is still on one piston while they figure out how to repair it.

MDL and I (on behalf of CQBHA) are in direct contact with the Council and via the Bridges Operating Board.  In truth there is very little progress.  Through Frank Gelder (who is the Leisure rep on the Bridges Operating Board) I raised around a dozen issues.  I hope that the Council will respond positively and address them!  I will let you know via the newsletter and Facebook when there is something substantive to say by way of a result.

Amongst what we are trying to achieve is :-

  • Timely information about bridge issues (Whatsapp or similar)
  • A return to hourly lifts
  • Planned contingency for returning boats in case of breakdown
  • Fixing the lights and height markers
  • Some confidence in the bridge working effectively into the future

If you let me know if you have any problems I can pass them on.


Last year a number of members experienced problems of accelerated anode erosion.  Suspicions were that this was caused by electrolysis.  We need to address this and MDL are committed to doing so too.  They have already tested the marina infrastructure and confirmed that is all OK.

We are waiting for Frank Gelder, who is the new Cobbs Quay manager, to start full time at the marina and we are hoping for further action.  In the meantime I have asked people to make sure that any issues they have had are recorded by Frank.  Records appear to be patchy.

We are expecting some written advice that MDL are preparing around electrolysis and we will send it out as soon as we get it.  Some are suggesting the hot Summer we had last year was a factor in the erosion or maybe poor quality anodes and we need to try and rule this out.

First and foremost keep a regular check on your anodes.  The marina office can lend you a camera if you can’t lift your legs.  You can also take other proactive action such as fitting a galvanic isolator or having your own boat tested but also be aware of boats around you.

If you suspect you have a problems please go and see Frank.  He will talk to you about what can be done.  Maybe a move or checking boats around you.

We will update you with things as we hear.

Summer Party

This year the party at the marina will be on the 20th July.  The action starts at 7 p.m.  Tickets will be £10.  This represents amazing value and includes a Hog Roast with a vegetarian alternative.  A live band – Icarus – is performing and there will be a raffle and auction too.  All proceeds this year go to Prostate Cancer UK.

Posters will be up soon and tickets will be on sale from the office.  Buy your tickets early – don’t miss out.

Bridge basin work

Something to keep and eye on is the planned work in the basin.  There are plans to shore up the quay wall on the Hamworthy side of the basin to prepare for house building work.  There are also plans for a small marina in the basin with boats exiting into the basin.

We will update you if there is any useful information but if you come across anything please let me know.


We are fortunate that Kevin, have done his stint leading cruising, has agreed to take over the event planning.

Jim Reynolds (who runs the newsletter and member liaison) will be organising some events like visits to the RNLI but Kevin Butler is organising other activities such as a visit to PHC Harbour Control.  There are also plans for a fish and chip cruise from Poole Quay, hopefully with the chance to see fireworks and other ideas that are coming along.  Keep an eye on the newsletter.

Please let me know if you would like to go or if you have other ideas that may be of interest to you and other members.


Don’t forget this is the main reason we exist – cruising in company.  The raison d’etre is that you can get the reassurance of going on a cruise, maybe that bit further away, with the support and camaraderie of others in the association.  Going out and, of course, returning with other members of the cruise.

This year has been a challenging one for cruising with Kevin Butler stepping down after many (many, many!!) years of leading our cruises.  We had thought we found a replacement but it was not to be!

Thanks go to Peter Hayton stepped into the breach and pulled together cruises this year to Sheperds Warf on the Medina, Portland and, upcoming, to Weymouth in August.

It looks like next year we will be running things differently.  We will plan and organise cruises and help people to come together and have a great time.  Shortly we will be planning where we are going and when and then we will arrange the cruise with the destination marina (s).

A detailed cruising pack will be prepared for each one of those who are going on the cruise with clear advice on routes, tides and travel times, action in the case of an incident, who to meet and what to do on arrival and more.

People will be encouraged (expected!) to meet up the night before the cruise to agree final details including departure times.  Also, to make the important go/no go safety decision.

Check out our Cruise Programme page on the web site.  Although many cruises fill up quickly people do drop out so it is often worth getting on the waiting list.  We operate on a strict ‘first come first served’ basis to ensure fairness.

Poole Boat Show

I am sure many of you, like me, would have gone along to the Poole Boat Show on the Quay this year.  I chatted to the Cobbs Quay team there and they had a successful few days taking a number of enquiries.  They once again had ‘pole’ position alongside Poole Quay Boat Haven.

Among the highlights were demonstrations from the RNLI and the PHC.  We watched a display of manoeuvring from the Herbert Ballam and the pilot rib – definitely over 6 knots!  There were also tall ships, sport boats, on-the-water demonstrations, live music and fireworks.  People could also look at and purchase a host of chandlery products, clothing and watersports accessories.  There seemed to be a much larger display of boats in the marina and also stalls which was great to see.  When I went there were large crowds on the boats too.

I think someone has said it’s now the second largest boat show in the UK with the demise of Excel.

Facebook Members Forum, Facebook, Newsletter & Web Site

New for us this year is our members only Facebook forum – ‘Cobbs Quay Bertholders Association Forum’.  We hope people will use this for discussions, advice, looking for crew, telling people where you are going and inviting people to come with you and so much more.  Please join if you haven’t already. JOIN HERE

Our Facebook page is coming along nicely I would say.  We have around 250 likes now!  People are also commenting on and liking some of our posts which is great for us!!

We use Facebook for things that need ‘instant’ contact such as bridge closures as well as the social interest ‘stuff’ so I hope it will be useful to you. SEE HERE

I would be interested to hear what you think about our Facebook Forum idea – have you joined? or maybe you would like to ‘like us’ on the Facebook page?

We are thinking of putting our cruise photos on Facebook.  Is that a good idea?

We also have the web site as a resource for marine services and other information (make sure you mention the web site when you visit them) and a monthly newsletter.

Look at the rest of this web site for updates, events, LNTMs that are relevant and much, much more – take a look at the rest of the pages on this website.

Are we doing what you want?

Finally your committee is keen to be sure we are doing what you want so we need your feedback.  Could I 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