The Association in the UK
The U.K. Leisure Owners Association was formed in late 1982 to represent the interests of owners and to provide a forum where members could exchange ideas about sailing, maintenance etc. A flourishing club is also operating in the Netherlands who celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2002. They have their own web site Leisure Club Holland.
Although most members of the Association are Leisure yacht owners it is not a pre-requisite of membership, neither does your yacht have to be a 'Leisure' yacht, indeed you do not have to be a boat owner at all to be a member. For example we have a few members who have sold their Leisure's for bigger yachts but continue with the Association because of all their friendships etc. and others who have retired from sailing but stay in the Association to pass on their knowledge.
The majority of members join because of the support that is available. All the Leisure yachts are now quite old and the boat builders have long since ceased trading. To have access to a wealth of expertise, and to be able to share issues and solutions with fellow members is of great benefit, especially to new owners who are looking to restore and properly maintain their yacht or to incorporate modifications.
For many years now the Association has been investing in patterns and moulds for yacht parts that occasionally get damaged, or fail. For example we can supply new rudders, skegs and a range of other mouldings for most of the Leisure yacht types. We also produce other parts, for example tillers, tiller heads, rudder bearings and skeg shoes (pintles). By producing and stocking parts in quantity, costs can be kept down and members avoid the difficulty and high cost of souring specialist parts.
The Association publishes a journal called "Saltings" three times a year which includes details of sailing events, repair and maintenance tips and items of general interest to Leisure owners; for example, those sailing yarns we all like to tell, in the bar, after a good day on the water! Click the link for a sample copy of Saltings in Acrobat format (3Mb pdf file).
Some of the regions try to organise sailing events each summer.
Those members who live away from the main UK sailing centres and those overseas, who cannot travel easily to rallies and meetings can participate through the Saltings Magazine and of course our on-line facilities of the Discussion Forum, Reference Library etc.
All this for a modest lifetime joining fee (currently £10). Prospective members can join on-line, go to the joining page and follow the instructions you will find there.
In case of difficulty or to obtain more details about any aspect of the Associations activities, or about membership, please contact the Membership Secretary Colin Shead +44 (0) 1376 514243.