Reply To: Strategic Road Map
Actually I said that if you moan about paying it not if you can’t afford it. Look at it another way. What do you get for whatever you pay now in subs from your association? Is it value for money. Would you be prepared to pay a bit more to get a lot more? Or something?
No-one has said from what I have read that this paid position would be in place before the funding is there. I imagine it is like any responsible business and would not hire what they can’t afford.
I know an awful lot of ex OK sailors out there who would be happy to pay some kind of membership fee to stay a part of the class if they got something for it. At the moment I am a member of 2 associations and one gives value for money I think and the other I wonder where it goes and what on. I do know that almost nothing of what I pay goes to OKDIA and yet we expect them to provide guidance and do the work for the class on our behalf. Believe me it is a lot of time and energy. Things that we are all running short of these days. Hence the need for a change. There has never been a queue of people wanting these jobs and that is unlikely to change. The reality is that unless some things get done and soon then the class will really be in the shit. We will have boats that are not the same as the rules are in places ambiguous at best and confusing or unenforceable at worst. Right now there are boats coming out of England that have huge question marks over the legality of them. Who has to sort this out? You guys? I think you would be the first to blame OKDIA for illegal boats being used when the structures in place are different in each country. Another thing to get sorted out.
All this talk of the money is just more time wasting. Either you buy into the idea that we need to do something to help with the growth or help it grow or you don’t. Now is the chance and the time to do this while the committee has the vision and the will to get it started.