If you're a continuous cruiser, new or long standing, it'll come as no surprise that it can be hard work keeping moving throughout the winter. To help, we offer winter mooring permits between November and March. On this page you'll find information on eligibility and the range of permits available.
Winter Moorings 2013/4 - Now on sale!
As usual, the Canal & River Trust and many other long term mooring operators are offering shorter term agreements to boaters without a home mooring who prefer to stay put over the winter months. Details of offerings from other operators can be found by contacting your local mooring providers, from www.berthsearch.com and other websites. A new option this year are three, six and nine month permits available at some of the Trust’s long term sites - details at https://www.crtmoorings.com/short-term/
This year, as a trial, and prompted by boater feedback, we are breaking with tradition and offering a different set of winter mooring options. The big change is a much cheaper and more flexible permit, plus a fairly heavy pruning of the less popular visitor mooring sites offered previously for winter moorings. And there are some changes to the London arrangements which we hope will work better for you. If you purchase a permit this year, we’ll ask you via a survey in April what you think of the new arrangements and how you think they could be improved for the following winter.
So, the choice of permits is:
- General Towpath – you may use them wherever you wish, except for a few exclusions
- Selected Visitor Moorings - a selection of the most popular sites that we’ve offered for winter moorings in previous years
- Central London Winter Mooring Sites – four locations: West, Central, East 1 & East 2
Eligibility for a winter mooring
Our winter mooring permits are available only to continuous cruisers registered with us as at 1 June 2013 and new continuous cruisers providing we have evidence you are a new customer. The selected visitor mooring sites (but not general towpath or London permits) will be offered to all our other licence-holders from 1 November 2013 subject to availability.
Winter mooring permits duration
- Five months starting 1/11/13
- Three months starting on 1/11/13, or 1/12/13 or 1/1/14
- One month starting on the first day of any month from 1/11/13 to 1/3/14. One month permits are not available to anyone who is in our enforcement process.
How to book a winter mooring
You can book online using our mooring website www.crtmoorings.com .
You can enter your boat index number to check if you are eligible. If you are, you will need to have registered your contact details on the website. To save time you can do this now. When booking, you will need to enter your customer number and boat details, plus have a card ready to make payment. You will print your permit from the completed payment page.
You can also book a winter mooring by post. Write to Winter Moorings, Boat Licensing Team, PO Box 162, Leeds LS9 1AX for a booking pack. Postal bookings will be processed on 3 October in the order received by us. Sorry, but we cannot take bookings over the phone.
General Towpath Winter Mooring Permit explained
This is a simple permit that provides the equivalent of home mooring status for its duration, therefore not requiring bona fide navigation. These permits are NOT specific to a particular location – you may use them wherever you wish, except for the following exclusions:
Where you may NOT moor with a General Towpath Winter Mooring Permit
- Visitor moorings, unless as an occasional visitor complying with the time limits.
- Within one kilometre of a long term mooring site or offline marina. If we receive specific evidence of breach of this condition, we will ask you to move; otherwise you risk forfeiting your permit.
- Paddington Basin and the Regent’s Canal from Paddington to Mile End
- Grand Union Canal Paddington Arm between Paddington and Ladbroke Grove
- Other locations identified by enforcement officers for particular reasons such as sensitivities in respect of noise or nuisance impacts on neighbouring properties.
- Exceptions to these rules will be made in the event of persistent ice and snow.
- We expect you to plan your mooring locations with some care so that you minimise the risk of finding yourself stranded in an inconvenient place because of a published stoppage or bad weather (try to anticipate flooding, snow and ice!) You may of course move around between different places with this permit.
Prices for General Towpath Winter Mooring Permits including VAT for boats of all widths
- Five month permit: £25 per metre (£5 per metre per month)
- Three month permit: £19.50 per metre (£6.50 per metre per month)
- One month permit: £8 per metre
There is no limit to the number of General Towpath Winter Mooring Permits on sale. You can buy more than one permit to cover you for two or four month stays.
Selected Visitor Moorings explained
We have designated a number of visitor mooring sites as winter moorings. Capacity is limited at these sites and berths will be allocated in order of bookings made. The price varies between sites. View the list of sites and prices. Five month permits went on sale from 3 October. Three month permits are on sale from 15 October and one month permits from 1 November, subject to availability. We are giving booking priority to Continuous Cruisers but any boater may book remaining space after 1 November.
Central London Winter Mooring Sites explained
We have designated four separate lengths of towpath (none of which are visitor moorings) as winter moorings. The sites are:
- West: Paddington – Harrow Road to Formosa Street footbridge (western end of the Little Venice visitor moorings)
- Central: Lower Islington – Wharf Road to Packington Street
- East 1: Broadway Market - Broadway Market to Mare Street
- East 2: Victoria Park - Mare Street to Bonner Hall Bridge
Narrowboats will be moored two-abreast at each site. Boats wider than 2.2m will be allocated two berths and charged double. Capacity is limited at these sites and berths will be allocated in order of bookings made. Five month permits went on sale from 3 October. Three month permits go on sale from 15 October and one month permits from 1 November, subject to availability.
London Winter Mooring Permit Prices for narrowboats up to 2.2m including VAT
Five month permit: £50 per metre (£10 per month per metre)
Three month permit: £39 per metre (£13 per month per metre)
One month permit: £16 per metre
Boats wider than 2.2m will be allocated two berths and charged double. If you currently receive an unpowered butty discount on your boat licence, you may apply for a 50% rebate on the winter mooring fee for the second boat.
Important information relating to all types of winter mooring permit
The permits come with important terms and conditions which relate to your use of the winter mooring. These will be published very shortly, but here are some of the key conditions.
- You must moor your boat and use it with consideration for neighbouring properties and other canal users, particularly ensuring that noise from engines and generators does not exceed the background (ambient) level. You must use smokeless fuel for your stove when moored anywhere close to properties which would be affected by your chimney smoke. Be particularly mindful of the character of the location and weather conditions which can cause smoke to linger and cause discomfort to neighbours.
- It is your responsibility to check our national stoppage programme to ensure that you can reach the site before buying your winter mooring permit. Refunds will not be given if you are unable to moor at your winter mooring because of delays or restrictions caused by these planned stoppages.
- Refunds are only given on five month permits and only in exceptional circumstances; there is an administration fee of £30.
- As soon as the permit has ended, your status reverts to continuous cruiser and movement to a new place must start immediately – an extra 14 day stay is not allowed.
- The General Towpath Winter Mooring Permit has a number of excluded areas where you cannot moor, so please check these carefully before buying one.
- On London winter moorings boats wider than 2.2m will be allocated and charged for two berths.
- If your winter mooring is in a location regularly used by anglers, you should leave 5m between your boat and the next one along to allow space for fishing. And you must be prepared to move temporarily to facilitate match pegging. Reasonable notice (usually 2 weeks) will be given by club officials.
- The winter mooring permit is personal to you as the licence holder of the boat and you may not assign it or the mooring to anyone else or any other boat. Also, you cannot buy a permit for anyone else.
Credit card (£7.50 charge) or debit card (no charge) for all permits (1, 3 and 5 months). A 10% prompt payment discount will be applied if you book before the permit start date.
Paperless direct debit is also available for 5 month permits only. The first payment is 20% of the total amount and must be made by credit card (£7.50 charge) or debit card (no charge). We will contact you by phone to set up the details for the remaining amount within 2 working days of the booking confirmation. Please see FAQs for important information about this. The actual number of monthly direct debit instalments will depend on how quickly we are able to set up the paperless direct debit (see FAQs). The winter mooring fee must be paid in full before the expiry date. There is no direct debit set-up charge and no prompt payment discount.
Five month permits are refundable only in exceptional circumstances and only for whole unused calendar months where we are notified in advance. There is a £30 administration fee. One and three month permits are not refundable.
How does the winter moorings system work on the Canal & River Tust moorings website?
You buy your winter mooring permit using our mooring website website. You check if you are eligible, then proceed to see whether there are spaces at the site you want and then pay for it, all in the one process.
There is no limit to the number of general towpath permits we are selling to eligible continuous cruisers. We cannot of course guarantee space at any particular area or location you choose to use with this permit.
The process for securing a winter mooring will require you to be registered with the mooring website and enter details including your boat index number, boat length, width and customer number. You then select the site and months you require the winter mooring permit for. To book for two or four months, buy a combination of permits.
Once you have completed your booking, the ‘payment complete’ page will have your winter mooring permit ready for printing and displaying on your boat. You will also receive email confirmation.
How long are winter mooring vacancies being advertised for?
The winter mooring vacancies are shown on our mooring website from 3 October 2013 until the end of the season, 31 March 2014.
What details will I need to enter?
Firstly, you must be registered on our mooring website and signed in before you can buy a winter mooring permit. Registration is a quick process where you need to enter your name and contact details. When you buy your permit we use these contact details so you don’t need to enter them again. You will need to enter your customer number, boat index number, boat length and boat width (in metres), so have these to hand, as well as your payment card.
Can I book different winter moorings, for example a selected visitor mooring and then a general towpath mooring?
Yes, providing you are eligible, you can buy whatever combination of winter mooring permits that suit you and that are available. You must ensure that you are able to move your boat between the different locations. You can only buy winter mooring permits for your own boat and your own use.
Why are the new low cost winter mooring permits only available to continuous cruisers registered at 1 June 2013?
We designed the new low cost winter mooring permits as the opportunity for established continuous cruisers wishing to remain on a towpath mooring in a restricted area during the winter to pay for this personal benefit. Their alternative is to navigate as required by the legislation. In managing the marketing of the permit however, we must avoid undermining the market for marina and other long term moorings. This would be unfair and a potential breach of competition law by the Trust. We are therefore ring-fencing the sales to people already registered as continuous cruisers on 1 June 2013. We are offering these permits on a trial basis for the coming winter. If feedback is positive and we continue the scheme, for the same competition law reason, it will be on the basis that the same cut-off date, 1 June 2013, will apply.
I am not a Continuous Cruiser; can I book a winter mooring?
You are able to book one of our selected visitor mooring sites which we have designated as a winter mooring. Capacity is limited at these sites and we are giving booking priority to Continuous Cruisers but any boater may book remaining berths after 1 November.
I have been a continuous cruiser since before 1 June 2013 but you say I am not eligible to book – why?
Your details do not match our records of your boat’s mooring status. This is probably because you have not told us that you have left a previous home mooring or your record may be flagged as “mooring awaiting confirmation” which means that we have written to you and asked you to do this but you have not replied. You will need to send an email to email@example.com which (a) confirms your mooring status and the date when it took effect and (b) that you understand and can comply with the mooring guidance for boats without a home mooring when you are not covered by a winter permit.
Customers who are flagged in our system as being in our enforcement process for insufficient movement as a continuous cruiser may only purchase a five or three month permit, but not a one month permit.
Can I let someone else use the winter mooring or rent or transfer it to them, or give or sell them the permit?
No. Clause 3 of the Winter Mooring Agreement Terms & Conditions says that the mooring is personal to you and you may not assign it to anyone else. If you decide to sell your boat you must give us notice, surrender the mooring permit and remove your boat from the winter mooring site.
I am renting the boat – can I apply for the winter mooring permit?
Please note that the boat owner must have a business licence to rent out the boat. This is partly for your own security as it ensures the boat meets certain safety requirements and that you receive essential warnings and information about living on a boat. It is the licence-holder who needs to apply for the winter mooring permit.
Can I buy a winter mooring permit for someone else?
No, you may only buy a permit for yourself because your personal details and boat details will be on the booking confirmation, and it is you who has to accept the Terms and Conditions. The Canal & River Trust licence for the boat must also be in your name, therefore only you are allowed to occupy the mooring with your boat.
What are the payment options?
There are two options, but they depend on the duration of the winter mooring permit you buy:
1. Credit card (£7.50 charge) or debit card (no charge) for all permits (1, 3 and 5 months). A 10% prompt payment discount will be applied if you book before the permit start date.
2. Paperless direct debit is also available for 5 month permits only. The first payment is 20% of the total amount and must be made by credit card (£7.50 charge) or debit card (no charge). We will contact you by phone to set up the details for the remaining amount within 2 working days of the booking confirmation. Please see below for important information about this
Direct Debit – further information
The first payment is 20% of the total amount and is made by card to confirm the booking. We will contact you by phone to set up the (paperless) direct debit within two working days of your booking being confirmed on the website. If we are unable to reach you within 7 working days of the website confirmation date, we will cancel the permit and refund your initial payment minus a £30 administration charge.
The actual number of monthly direct debit instalments will depend on when the direct debit is set up. The winter mooring fee must be paid in full before the permit expiry date. We will collect the direct debit payment on the 1st day of the month. If we are unable to collect a payment because of insufficient funds in your account, a further attempt will be made to collect it after 10 working days. If it is not possible to collect the money on this second attempt or if you cancel your direct debit mandate instruction, we will contact you and ask for payment by other means. If we do not receive the amount due we may terminate the Winter Mooring Permit and you must remove your boat from the mooring immediately. We may also take legal action to recover any money owing. Because of the cost of dealing with direct debit defaults, we reserve the right to charge a handling fee of £30 if we have to make several attempts to collect the sum due.
Can I get a refund? I have changed my mind. I want to cancel my winter mooring permit. Can I leave a site early?
Five month permits are refundable only in exceptional circumstances and only for whole unused calendar months where we are notified in advance. One and three month permits are not refundable. In the first instance, please get in touch with our Boat Licensing Team. A refund administration fee of £30 applies and, if it is a London or General Towpath Permit, the amount payable and therefore the resulting refund will be calculated at the higher rate; e.g. if you cancel your five month permit after two months, you will be charged at the three month permit rate (which is higher). You will be entitled to a refund if you bid and win an auction for a long term mooring. If you have secured a private (non-Canal & River Trust) long term mooring, proof of this will be required in order to apply for a refund on your winter mooring.
How will I know if I have successfully completed the process?
Once you have completed your booking, the ‘payment complete’ page will have your winter mooring permit that you will need to print and display on your boat. You will also receive email confirmation.
If you need to reprint it at any time, you can do so by logging in to our mooring website and use the left-hand menu to navigate to ‘My Profile’ and then ‘My Vacancies’.
Why have some of the winter mooring sites disappeared from the list when I check it?
Because these sites are now fully booked and there is no more availability so we have removed them from the list.
How will I know where my mooring is on the winter mooring site?
On selected visitor moorings designated as winter moorings: approximately 50% of the visitor mooring site is allocated to winter moorings so that those boaters who prefer to cruise throughout the winter are still able to use the mooring. For this reason the winter mooring section of the mooring site will be at the end of the mooring site furthest from the available facilities or main access point. If there are no signs indicating where the winter mooring space is on the site we would ask that you moor as far from the facilities as possible. It is advisable to have mooring pins with you in case you need them.
On London winter moorings: To ensure efficient use of the mooring length, we will allocate you the first available space that, where possible, matches your preference for an inner or outer berth. Once you have booked, our staff will contact you with information about your mooring. This will include a numbered tag to attach to the mooring ring, which will identify your allocated berth. If you book at short notice and wish to take up your mooring before receiving details of your allocated berth, you may moor up at a free berth at that location. You will then be asked to move to your allocated berth when the details have been confirmed.
What happens at the end of my winter mooring permit? Can I stay on at the berth I have booked up to the time limit for the mooring?
No, you must move on as soon as the permit has expired.
I have lost my winter mooring permit I need to display
You can reprint your permit using our mooring website. You need to log in, then go to ‘My Profile’ and select ‘My vacancies’ where you will be able to print your permit again.
What happens if stoppages prevent me from reaching the winter mooring?
It is your responsibility to check the Canal & River Trust's national stoppage programme, to ensure that you can reach the site before buying your winter mooring permit. Refunds will not be given if you are unable to moor at your winter mooring because of delays or restrictions caused by stoppages.
What happens if there is a fishing match where I am moored?
If your mooring is in a location used for match fishing by the local angling club, you must be prepared to move temporarily to facilitate match pegging at the request of the club. Reasonable notice will be given by club officials; in most cases this will be 14 days.
Can I buy a winter mooring permit if I am currently bidding on a Canal & River Trust auctioned long-term mooring vacancy?
It is possible to buy a winter mooring permit whilst bidding on a long-term mooring auction. However you must be aware that buying a winter mooring permit will not cancel any current bids you have running on an auctioned vacancy. Default charges apply if you win a mooring auction and fail to complete the application process for it. The auctioned vacancy default charge will be sent to you and we reserve the right to bar your account on our website whilst fees remain unpaid. If you decide to take up the long-term mooring that you win, you will be entitled to a refund on your winter mooring permit, subject to the £30 admin fee.
I travel as a pair with boat and unpowered butty. I understand that the second boat is eligible for a 50% discount on its winter mooring fee. How do I get that?
If your current boat licence qualifies for the 50% unpowered butty discount, you may apply for a 50% rebate on the winter mooring fee for the second boat. You must moor your boats side by side, and only at a location where there is sufficient width with no risk of danger or inconvenience to passing boats. If you want to moor both boats to the bank, the discount won’t apply.
You need to purchase a mooring permit for both boats at the full price, unless you apply by post. To apply for the discount, once you have received your permit, email your request along with the index numbers for both boats, your name and customer number to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘winter permit butty discount’ in the subject line. We will arrange to either credit your licence account within 4 weeks or, if you are paying by Direct Debit, we will reduce your monthly payments to reflect the discount. Only one discount application will be processed per customer. This means that if you choose to purchase more than one permit for different periods (e.g. a one month followed by a three month) you should defer your application until you are sure you will need no further permits and ask us in the email to apply the discount to both permits.
How will the Trust manage non-paying over-stayers at designated winter moorings?
We are increasing the frequency of recording of boats on the visitor moorings being offered for winter permits this year. This is being done by a mixture of our own staff, local boatyards and in some cases, volunteers. This is not an enforcement role, simply boat recording to enter into our database. Enforcement officers will analyse their sites regularly, remind any overstaying boater to move on and explain that a £25 per day extended stay charge will apply if they do not comply.
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