GBA offers great benefits to members
The GBA is the voice of Bailiwick marine users and encourages, promotes and protects the interests of the Bailiwick of Guernsey’s boatowners and users by:
- providing members with information, advice, and assistance on matters connected with boating,
- monitoring changes in local laws and regulations affecting boatowners and informing members of any relevant change,
- representing the interest of members at any meetings called to discuss these proposed changes,
- arranging lectures, discussions, navigation trips and other meetings that may be of interest to members,
- negotiating members' discounts, benefits and privileges with selected chandlers and other trade outlets and
- providing support on a regular basis to local organisations involved in search and rescue services for the boating fraternity, such as the RNLI, The Channel Islands Airsearch and Rescue and the St. John's Ambulance Organisation.
Discounts for Members
The GBA has arranged discounts for members, on presentation of a current signed membership card, with the following Marine Traders:
- Channel Insurance Brokers
- Herm Seaway Marine
- Lucas House
- M & G Chandlers
- Mobile Marine Supplies
- Oracle Insurance
- Securicor (Fire Service Division)
- Seaquest Marine
- Tackle and Accessories Centre
- MVH Upholstery
- Carrus Batteries
- GSY Motor Spares
- VMW Limited
The amount of discount will vary according to the type of item being purchased and the Marine Trader you are dealing with.
A limited number of 6 month and 12 month Parking Permits enabling members to park their vehicles near to their mooring in St Peter Port or St Sampson's harbour are available to GBA members. Applications can be made to the Secretary, or at the Annual General Meeting.
Parking Permits are specific to your mooring place, and the parking areas are located at the following areas:
- QEII South, for QEII Marina moorings E to M
- Round Top (alongside the Careening Hard) for Pool moorings
- Wave Wall, for Albert Marina moorings
- The Salerie Car Park, for QEII moorings A to D
- St Sampson's Harbour – see note below.
The Guernsey Boatowners' Association has laid mooring buoys for the use of members in five locations:
- Havre Gosslin, Sark - 1 buoy (GPS Position: 49. 25.770N, 02. 22. 643W)
- Greve de La Ville, Sark - 1 buoy (GPS Position: 49. 26. 380N, 02. 21. 044W)
- Havelet Bay, St Peter Port – 2 buoys (GPS Position: North 49. 27.1136N, 02. 31.7065W - South 49. 27. 0950N, 02. 31.7000W)
- Near Queen Elizabeth II Marina entrance – 2 buoys (GPS Position: QE2 West 49. 27. 7125N, 02. 31. 6490W - QE2 East 49. 27. 7246N, 02. 31. 5970W)
- Fermain Bay, south side - 1 buoy (GPS Position: 49. 26. 0383N, 02. 32. 0315W)
All buoys are maintained annually by the GBA and are suitable for more than one boat to moor up to. (Subject to weather conditions). Members who use the buoys do so at their own risk. When using the buoys a requirement and part of the GBA rules stipulates that the GBA burgee must be flown whilst moored.
The GBA Benevolent Fund - Established 1995
Historically if an accident (no matter how serious) occured to a member while taking part in a boating activity in the Bailiwick, the Association would assist that member, or their dependants. With the advent of more people having private medical cover and/or insurance cover, the Fund has now evolved into a conduit for the collection of donations if a serious incident were to happen in or adjacent to the Bailiwick waters.
The amount of discount will vary according to the type of item being purchased and the Marine Trader you are dealing with. The aims of the Benevolent Fund
- When financial hardship occurs as a result of a boating accident, the Benevolent Fund may be able to help financially should there be no / insufficient life cover and / or medical cover. (The GBA acknowledges that financial hardship does not always occur immediately after a traumatic event).
- The Fund can also under some circumstances, help ex-members of the Guernsey Boatowners' Association, subject to the discretion of the Trustees
- Should there be a major marine accident involving a large number of local residents, the Trust, being a legal entity, could be used as a vehicle for an island-wide appeal, acting as a conduit by receiving the money and distributing it for the benefit of the casualties and/or their dependants.
Administration of the Benevolent Fund
- The Trust Rules ensures that there will always be a majority of GBA members on the Board of Trustees.
- Trustees comprises of ordinary members of the GBA, Committee members, as well as independent Trustees.
- Trustees administer the Benevolent Fund independently of the GBA Committee, these trustees also have absolute discretion on how the Trust is run.
Claiming from the Benevolent Fund
- In the event of an accident, in the first case any of the Trustees can be contacted personally, or secondly contact can be made with any GBA Committee members. Refer to the Who’s Who page of this website.
- All matters arising from any incident will be treated with great sensitivity and will be dealt with in a confidential manner.