AN ASSOCIATION of boat- owners in Hayle who keep an eye on each other's craft is trying to attract new members.
Following the storms which left one boat capsized and tore several others from their moorings in Penpol Creek, vice- chairman of Hayle Harbour Users' Association Mike Webb says he hopes more boat- owners will join the group so members can contact each other if there are any problems.
He said that many owners who kept their boats in Hayle Harbour did not live in the town and if they were members of the group they could be assured that a local member could watch over their boat in the sort of extreme conditions that had been seen in the county over the past week.
Mr Webb said: "A fishing boat nearly sank and we can't contact the owner. We're trying to get all boats in the harbour registered with the users.
"Each of us can look after each other's boats. It was decided in our meeting that we'd like all boat-owners in Penpol Creek to contact us so we can create a database. That way, if people see anything they can inform the owner."
A member of Hayle Harbour Users came from as far as Wales to check the condition of his boat after being contacted by members in Hayle.
Mr Webb said he wanted all boat-owners to be in the same position and has urged them to join the association.
Harbour master Peter Haddock said that there was a database listing vessels' owners and the police who patrolled the harbour could use it to contact them if required.
Registration with Hayle Harbour Users' Association costs £10 for the year. The group meets on the first Monday of every month at 7.30pm at the Royal Standard Inn. Boat- owners can contact Mr Webb on 07976 565303.