Introduction to Boating
The presence of boats is what makes navigable waterways distinctive and attractive to a wide range of users.
This section provides a resource for new and experienced boaters.
Route Planning - Including tips on choosing your route, calculating lock-miles, cruising distances and times, stoppages and a canal and river map
Holiday Hiring - Including a brief history of holiday hiring, hiring a boat today, IWA and early hire boat operators, hiring overseas and Hire Boat Handovers
On Board Systems - Gas; Liquid fuels; Water; Toilets; Bilge water; Navigation lights and signals
Boat Safety Scheme; Carbon Monoxide Safety; Boating Hazards Checklist, avoiding getting hung on a lock cill
- This section contains information and advice on navigating a boat including Boater's Handbook; Safe and Friendly Canal Cruising; Boating Courses; Operating Locks; Operating Moveable Bridges; Tunnels; Passing Anglers and Using VHF Radio
- As with any purchase, the more research you do, the more likely you are to make the right decision.
- Some things to consider include types of boat, whether you want to continuously cruise the network or have a permanent residence. You will need to think about finding a mooring and boat maintenance.