This code of conduct is for the benefit of all members to ensure we enjoy our model boating with no offence to the wildlife, the public, other members or the Beale Park Trustees. Our aim is enjoyment and recreation. A set of mandatory Safety Rules has been drawn up and they take precedence over this Code.
The Club uses the Beale Park by permission of the Trustees. All members should ensure that they do not leave litter, cause damage or behave in a way that will reflect badly upon the Club. Remember others have as much right to use the Beale Park as we do.
Do not chase or disturb wildlife, with or without a boat; respect that we are visitors to their habitat. Any behaviour of this nature will result in you being asked to leave the Beale Park and possibly the Club permanently.
No member (particularly younger ones) should run about where boats are being rested. Junior members must be supervised by an adult while sailing a boat, showing due consideration for others at all times. Members should help and encourage junior members to be aware of and to follow this code in a friendly manner.
Exercise care when launching and retrieving boats – seek assistance from fellow members rather than struggle with a large model.
All transmitter aerials must have a practice golf ball or similar fixed to its end. This is to avoid eye accidents where members could damage other members or the public. Similarly, upright rigid or whip aerials on models must also be protected when not on the water.
Internal combustion engine powered boats are not allowed on the water at Beale Park, except with prior permission of the Trustees via the Committee.
Operating your boat
Before operating any boat, it is the member’s responsibility to check all lakes for other boat operations. Check that the frequency you wish to use is free, and that your named peg is displayed on the pegboard provided. This tells other members that frequency is now in use by you. Once you have finished, remove your peg to allow others to use it. If in any doubt, ask.
Should the desired frequency be already in use, seek out the operator and inform that member that you wish to use the frequency. When informed of this situation, the frequency must change hands within 30 minutes. This fair sharing is for the benefit of all members; some members travel long distance to use the waters. Don’t be a killjoy.
While running your boat, consider other members, and keep clear of other boats on the water. Do not operate in a way that will cause damage or force others to take avoiding action.
When operating a fast electric or an untried boat, warn others, and operate well away from them. Fast electrics must always operate well removed from other larger or slower scale boats.
Boats with working fire monitors must not spray water at onlookers, for Health and Safety reasons.
Steam-powered boats must have a valid test certificate available for inspection at anytime and by anyone. This applies to all pressure vessels (refillable gas cans as well as boilers) made by anyone, and is a condition of Club insurance. If you fail to produce a valid certificate, you will not be allowed to operate the plant or raise steam pressure. Testing and certification is the responsibility of the owner. Boilers must be re-tested every two years or after any possible damage or modification – this includes boiling dry or physical damage.
Boilers with a capacity of under half a pint and fired by solid fuel are currently exempt from this requirement for testing, but must still have an exception certificate to this effect.
All boats, steam-powered or otherwise, must not allow oil to be put onto the water. Any member’s boat seen to be doing this will be instructed to remove the boat from the water. Steam operators must remove oily condensed water from the Beale Park to avoid any possible water pollution.
It is the responsibility of all members to ensure that they do not operate r/c gear while an organised event is in progress unless under frequency control. All such events are set out in the Club’s programme, and if in doubt do not operate your boat until you have checked. This includes all events on any of the three lakes.
When taking part in such events, abide by the events’ officials regarding any instructions or requests. Any official of our Club is also a member and aims to relax and enjoy the event the same as you. Do not “just test transmitters” without first being clear to use, i.e. check that the frequency not already in use.
Junior members must not use at any time. For non-organised events, when the rescue boat will be unmanned, and you need to use the dinghy you must wear the life vests provided, ensuring they are suitable for your body weight. Two members must be present in the dinghy. Be responsible and avoid damage to the dinghy and any models on the water. It is wiser to leave a model boat stranded out on the water than you in the water in difficulties on your own.
Access to waters
We have use of all three lakes within the Beale Park. Unless yachting, if the Beale Park is open we use the “inside lake”. This is the large ornamental lake inside the Park, in front of the Beale Centre. Show your membership card at the entrance kiosk to gain entry. You will find the Club Summerhouse at the far righthand end of the lake together with permenant tables to rest models etc. The two outer lakes can be used at any time; when the Beale Park main entrance gate is closed, you can drive in via the exit road.
We have a register of our members’ boats complete with photographs. This is maintained in a secure manner, with only membership numbers (not members names) recorded against each entry. The register is currently being re-vised and will eventually be accessible on this web site. Anyone thinking of making a certain model will be able to locate another member who has already built one and therefore exchange knowledge. If you wish to enter or modify your models details please contact the Webmaster.
We have club logos on mugs, ‘box’ and ‘car’ stickers, key rings and pin badges. We also have our logo stitched on clothing such as shirts, caps etc, and these can be ordered for you upon request. Please contact Mrs Betty Coates (Tel: 0118 942 9729) for details and latest prices.