The Fisher Owners' Association (FOA) is an unincorporated membership organisation providing sailing and social opportunities for people who love and take great pride in owning, or who are simply just interested in, the legendary classic Fisher Motor Sailer. The FOA's Terms & Conditions can be found on tabs at the bottom of each website page and, along with the Constitution, under the Membership tab. By accessing and using the website and by joining and continuing as a member, you accept to be bound by these provisions. Should you spot an error or omission on the website or any online behaviour you do not like, please let us know using the Contact Us tab.
This website and its contents are copyright of the FOA. The FOA shall be entitled to use any text and images submitted for newsletters or posted on the Forum, the Library or the Gallery sections of the website for media, promotional and advertising purposes and also as other content on the website itself. You may view, print and download website contents for personal use only but the contents must not be used for any commercial purposes. The material on this website or any part of it is not to be incorporated or distributed in any work or in any publication in any form without the permission of the FOA.
One of the benefits of membership of the FOA is the sharing of information, experiences and opinions between members often, but not exclusively, via the Forum and Library sections of the website. This is done in good faith and is not necessarily representative of the views or advice of the FOA or its officers. Accordingly, no warranty or representation is given that the information and materials contained on the website, including on the Forum and in the Library, are complete or free from errors or inaccuracies or indeed fit for purpose. You are responsible for verifying the suitability of any information for your specific circumstances and intended uses. To the extent permitted by law, the FOA, its officers and members accept no liability for any loss or damage or expense of any kind.
The FOA name, the newsletter name 'FisherLite' and associated logos and insignia are trademarks of the FOA and shall not be used by any third party without the permission of the FOA.
4. Website, Forum & Links
The FOA website and Forum are open to all registered members of the FOA. A condition of using the Forum is that a member’s registered username and email on the Forum are the same as their registered username and contact email on the main FOA website. Passwords may be different but may be the same if the user wishes.
The FOA website may contain links to other websites and, since we have no control over these, we will accept no responsibility or liability whatsoever in respect of their content. The FOA has no objection to your linking its website to a third party website provided that the link to us does not state or imply a relationship with us that does not exist, especially where it could be taken to be an FOA recommendation of goods or services.
You must register to apply for FOA membership, to gain access to FOA members-only areas of the website, to amend your membership details and to purchase items under the Merchandise tab. When you register, any details you provide will be retained by us for use on future visits to the site. Personal information given to us on membership application forms and in the Profile section of the website is used to compile a register of FOA members and details of their Fishers. It is your responsibility to keep your own details up to date via the Profile tab and the FOA and its officers cannot be responsible for any consequences if you do not do this. You agree that such information may be shared with other members wishing to access membership lists and Profile details and with FOA duly appointed third party contractors in order to permit communications between members and to facilitate FOA administration and the running of the FOA website by the FOA and its officers. To this end, you consent to receiving emails or posts from the FOA, its officers and members. When shopping via the Merchandise tab on the website, your personal and payment card details will be collected by PayPal under their terms & conditions. Otherwise, except as required by law, no disclosure of personal information is to be made to outside parties.
Our website servers are housed behind a secure firewall designed to prevent access to our databases by unauthorised users. These servers are housed in a secure environment with appropriate levels of physical security. Nevertheless, we cannot guarantee that your information will be secure during transmission by you to this website.
To safeguard your privacy and security, there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from internet fraud, like choose a password you can remember but others will not guess, change it regularly, and if you do write it down, keep it somewhere safe and secure. You are responsible for keeping this password confidential. You must not share the password with anyone. When you have finished your session on the website, make sure that you prevent your details being seen by anyone that you do not wish to see them. So, if you have registered and logged in, remember to log off and clear any 'cache' so there is no record of any transactions left on screen. We also recommend you then close your browser at the same time clearing any history of the session.
Whilst your personal information is accessible to you via the website, under GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation) you may request our written confirmation of the details we hold about you. Individuals, whether members or not, who use the “Contact Us” tab of the website for making general enquiries, accept that such personal and enquiry data submitted on the form will be held on the website in accordance with GDPR.
If you do not renew your membership within 6 months of the 1st January renewal date your membership data will be erased, with the exception of your forum posts which will be retained to maintain the post threads’ integrity, unless you explicitly request otherwise in writing to the Secretary.
For information about cookies, please refer to the separate tab on the website entitled Cookies Policy.
7. Code of Good Conduct
Users of the FOA website must abide by the code of good conduct. The Forum is provided as a service to members to facilitate the exchange of constructive boating information, experiences and opinions of a non-commercial nature. It is your Forum, so please post and encourage others to post according to this code of conduct. By this we ask users to act responsibly and not to use the website in any way which is detrimental or damaging to the good standing of the FOA or its members; not to impair the use or availability of the website to users; not to carry out any systematic data collection for use outside the FOA; not to act in an unlawful, improper or fraudulent manner; not to post material which is malicious, indecent, obscene, threatening, derogatory, harmful or harassing; and, except for advertisements approved by the FOA, not to engage in online selling, trading or marketing for personal gain. The website manager in his/her absolute discretion may suspend a member's website account for breach of this code and he/she may remove any offending material from the website. In addition, the management committee of the FOA may use its powers under the Constitution to suspend or rescind a person's membership for breach of this code.
All skippers take full responsibility for the seaworthiness of their vessel; for ensuring their vessel has at least £2 million third party liability insurance; for adhering to relevant regulations and byelaws; and for the safety and behaviour of his/her crew/guests. In addition, skippers assume the responsibility for briefing his/her crew/guests on the potential risks associated with sailing on rallies and appropriate safety precautions to be taken.
The Classifieds tab on the website provides a notice board for Fisher owners to advertise Fishers for sale. In providing this facility, the FOA is not acting as agent or broker for sellers and gives no warranties or representations and accepts no liability whatsoever for any aspect of the advertised details or any communications flowing therefrom. That is solely the seller's responsibility. This disclaimer shall apply equally to any other advertising by third parties on the FOA website.
We recommend that any boat to be purchased is surveyed by a professional yacht surveyor independent of the seller prior to sale. Buyers buy at their own risk and, to the extent permitted by law, FOA members sharing any information, experiences or opinions about Fishers accept no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage or expense of any kind.
10. Discounts from Marine Suppliers
One of the membership benefits of the FOA is the ability to purchase goods and services at a discount from marine suppliers listed in the Library section of the website. Although the FOA has negotiated these discounts with the named suppliers, it gives no warranty or representation and accepts no liability whatsoever for the terms of supply or the quality of goods or services purchased from these suppliers. The purchasing relationship is solely between the member and supplier in question.
If you have cause to complain about anything contained on the FOA website or about the behaviour of website users, you should use the Contact Us tab on the website to give full written details of your complaint. The complaint will be investigated by the Secretary who will provide a written response. If you are not satisfied with the response, you may ask that the matter be reviewed by the FOA's management committee.
12. Governing Law
These Terms & Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and you consent to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales in the event of any dispute arising in connection with this website, the FOA Constitution or these Terms and Conditions.
5th amendment 25.7.2018