Please read the following information
A deposit of £100.00/£40.00 is required to secure a charter or individual place respectively. This will be returned in full only under the following circumstances:
1. The skipper, as a result of bad weather or mechanical breakdown or any other safety issue regarding the vessel, cancels the trip.
2. The customer cancels the charter or place for whatever reason, providing at least thirty days notice are given.
Deposits paid for trips to the Channel Islands are non refundable unless cancelled by the skipper.
No claim against the operator will be accepted in the event of his illness, vessel breakdown or any event beyond his control, including any 'Fish Species Ban' in force at the time.
The skipper reserves the right to alter the type of trip or target species on the day when conditions would be unsuitable for the type of fishing planned. Under these circumstances, anglers are still expected to honour their bookings. When changes occur, charter rates for the day may change to reflect the type of trip achieved.
If the trip is cancelled (assuming compliance with the above) we can either arrange another date or I will refund your deposit. Tip…If you are the organiser of a fishing trip, make sure you commit the people that you are bringing with you…unless they have given you a deposit, it is very easy for them to not show up or give you a lame excuse, thus leaving you holding the ‘baby’
What about safety at sea?
The safety equipment that Top Cat III carries is comprehensive and complies with MCA requirements. The vessel is checked every year and has to comply. When you sail with me, you will be given a briefing and shown the location of the safety gear. The idea is that, in the highly unlikely event of an emergency, everyone on board knows what to do. This is a MCA advisory.
Fishing is considered to be the most dangerous profession in the United Kingdom. If you choose to board a fishing boat to take part in angling or other activities, then you must accept that you are subjecting yourself to various kinds of risk. Please read the following paragraphs carefully.
Embarking and disembarking the boat at the Quayside or pontoon. Never attempt to board or get off the boat until she is secured by ropes and until you have been given permission by the skipper or his crew. Always have at least one hand free of equipment so that you can hold onto the handrail provided. Consider passing equipment and baggage to other anglers or a crew member rather than attempt to carry it between boat and shore yourself. Beware of trip hazards along the pontoons and quayside.
Please take care when moving around the boat at all times. Take care to hold on to minimise the risk of falling over and be careful where you tread - the nature of fishing boats can mean obstacles are often in your way. Pay particular attention when entering and leaving the cabin. Be especially careful when it is rough or when there is wash from another vessel. If you need to move about under these conditions please let the skipper know otherwise please remain seated.
Please be very careful when using knives to cut bait and fish and return them to their storage when you have finished with them. Be especially careful when moving around under rough conditions with a knife in your hands. Be especially careful with sharp hooks...they are very dangerous when propelled with a fishing weight. Remove weights from any rod during transit or that you stow in the rod holders. After handling lead weights, consider washing your hands before handling your food.
Hypothermia in the colder months or Heat stroke in the summer can affect any person on board who is not dressed for the conditions on the day. Check the weather forecast before you come fishing and bring the appropriate clothing. Consider bringing sun screen on sunny days. Seek advise from your skipper if you are unsure what to wear.
If there are any questions you may have regarding safety aboard, then please give me a call to chat about them.